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Adams, William Wirt (1819-1888) to Jefferson Davis

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02625 Author/Creator: Adams, William Wirt (1819-1888) Place Written: Jackson, Mississippi Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 26 June 1864 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Confederate General Adams discusses a concentration of Union forces at Natchez, Vicksburg, and Memphis. Expects Davis, President of the Confederate States, to transfer troops from the Trans-Mississippi Department to Jackson, Mississippi. Discusses transporting troops across a river (possibly the Mississippi). Writes "I have ventured to make this suggestion in view of the possible contingencies of our struggle and in the hope that it may possibly assist you in the great labors... of your position."

People: Adams, William Wirt, 1819-1888.
Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Civil War, Military History, Confederate General or Leader, Confederate States of America, Union Forces, Transportation

Sub Era: The American Civil War