Biography and History

A volunteer in the U.S. military service at the outset of the Civil War, Adam Badeau worked as an aide on the staff of General Thomas W. Sherman until he was wounded in May 1863. In March 1864, Badeau was appointed military secretary to General Ulysses S. Grant, with the rank, first of lieutenant-colonel and afterward of colonel. On this duty he accompanied the general in the Wilderness and Appomattox campaigns, and remained on his staff until March 1869, when he was retired from the army with the full rank of captain. In later years, Badeau held various diplomatic service posts.

Source: From the finding aid for C0097

  • Civil War Letters of Adam Badeau. 1862-1909 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C0097

    Consists of 79 autograph letters from Adam Badeau to Union general James Harrison Wilson, dated 1862 to 1865, most of which were written while Badeau was General Ulysses S. Grant's military secretary in the Civil War.