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Adams, William Wirt (1819-1888) to James B. McPherson

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01051 Author/Creator: Adams, William Wirt (1819-1888) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 8 November 1863 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Confederate General Adams sends two men, under a flag of truce, to visit their brother, who was being held in Vicksburg as a spy. Asks Union Major General McPherson for permission for them to attempt to obtain proof of their brother's innocence.

People: Adams, William Wirt, 1819-1888.
McPherson, James Birdseye, 1828-1864.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Children and Family, Yellow Fever, Confederate General or Leader, Confederate States of America, Civil War, Military History, Union Forces, Union General, Military Law, Law, Prisoner Prisoner of War, Truce

Sub Era: The American Civil War