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ADAMS, Charles Follen, author, born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, 21 April, 1842. He received a common-school education, and at the age of fifteen entered into mercantile pursuits. At the age of twenty-two he enlisted in the 13th Massachusetts infantry; was in all the battles in which his regiment participated, was wounded at Gettysburg, taken prisoner; released, and detailed for hospital duty. Since 1872 he has been known as a writer of German dialect poems, chiefly humorous. The first that appeared was " The Puzzled Dutchman" in " Our Young Folks" in 1872. This was followed by various others of which "Leedle Yaw-cob Strauss" (1876) became immediately a favorite. Mr. Adams is a frequent contributor to periodical literature, and has published in a volume " Leedle Yawcob Strauss and other Poems" (Boston, 1877).
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