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Charles Follen Adams
Portrait of Charles F. Adams (Boston: Lee & Shepard, 1878)
Born April 21, 1842
Dorchester, Massachusetts
Died March 8, 1918(1918-03-08) (aged 75)
Occupation American poet

Charles Follen Adams (21 April 1842 in Dorchester, Massachusetts – 8 March 1918) was an American poet.[1][2]

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He received a common school education, and at the age of fifteen entered into mercantile pursuits. During the American Civil War, at age 22, Adams enlisted in the 13th Massachusetts Infantry.[3] He was wounded in action at Gettysburg, and taken as a prisoner of war.[4][5] On his release from prison, he was detailed for hospital duty.[3]

In 1872, he began writing humorous verses for periodicals and newspapers in a burlesque broken-English imitation[6] of Pennsylvania German dialect.[5] His first published work was “The Puzzled Dutchman” which appeared in Our Young Folks.[3]

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