Men Who Fought with Wirt Adams
at Soldiers' Rest
C. S. A. Cemetery, Vicksburg, Mississippi

Not Forgotten



Other scenes near Soldiers' Rest in Cedar Hill Cemetery




John M. Bratton
Co. I
Wirt Adams Reg


See also

in Veterans section
Robert R. Hanna


Read the service record of Wirt Adams



About Wirt Adams

Wirt Adams was born in Frankford, Kentucky, on March 22, 1819. In 1825, he and his family moved to Natchez, Mississippi. Later, he returned to Kentucky to attend school at Bardstown college. When he graduated from college in 1839, he enlisted as a private in the Army of the Republic of Texas. After the Texas revolution, he returned to Mississippi, where he lived in Jackson and Vicksburg. He pursued banking, farming, and served in the Mississippi House of Representatives. After Mississippi seceded from the Union, Adams acted as a commissioner to Louisiana and assisted them in leaving the Union. When Jefferson Davis was forming his cabinet, he offered a post to Adams who turned down the offer. After he settled his business interests, he formed the Wirt Adams Cavalry Regiment. He and his men joined General Johnston in the Kentucky line where they covered the Confederate retreat from Kentucky to Nashville. His men were engaged at Shiloh, campaigns in northern Mississippi, and were dispatched to Natchez area where he was engaged in observing troop movements during the Vicksburg campaign. During Grierson's raid, he tangled with the Yankee raiders and joined Johnston's Army of Relief. After the fall of Vicksburg, he was promoted to Brigadier General in command of a brigade. This regiment then harassed Sherman's Yankee invaders as they marched to Meridian. Near the end of the war, he operated with General Forrest and surrendered near Ramsey Station, Alabama. After the war, he returned to Vicksburg and Jackson area where he served as State revenue agent and postmaster.

He died on May 1, 1888, after a personal encounter with a journalist and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Jackson, Mississippi.

-- Contributed by Eddy Cresap



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