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Accession number 1996.041
Catalog Number 1996.041
Collection em Pearce Civil War Collection
Object Name Letter
Title Adams (William Wirt) Papers, 1863
Creator Adams, William Wirt
Date February 20, 1863
Dates of Creation February 20, 1863
Scope & Content This group consists of one letter (February 20, 1863; 2 ¼ pages) from Colonel William Wirt Adams addressed to Major J. J. Keeve at Vicksburg, Mississippi. The letter contains an account of Confederates firing on the Era No. 5, a boat recently taken from the Confederates by Union forces. He relates that the conditions of the roads leading from Grand Gulf toward the Southern Railroad are excellent, affording favorable conditions for checking the enemy. He also asks for better rifles.

Colonel Adams recounts the attack on the Era No.5 by the CSA Cavalry in his letter. The Era No.5, a boat of 150 tons, belonged to the Red River Packet Co. It was under charter to the Confederate government and carried 4500 bushels of corn destined for the quartermaster's department at Little Rock. The Era No.5 was captured by the Federals under the command of Colonel Ellet. Colonel Ellet and his men had been rescued by the Indianola after losing the boats, the DeSoto and Queen, and transferred to the Era No. 5. The Indianola controlled the river below Vicksburg giving the Union control of the Mississippi River except at Vicksburg and Port Hudson cutting off all supplies and troops from Texas.
Finding Aids Available in the archives or online at
People Adams, William Wirt
Keeve, J. J.
Search Terms Naval
Credit line Pearce Civil War Collection
Copyrights The copyright of these materials is managed by the Navarro College Archives on behalf of the Navarro College Foundation, 3100 W. Collin St., Corsicana, Texas 75110 Phone: 903-875-7438. Internet:

Reproductions of original materials and transcriptions may be available. Please contact the archivist for further information.
Physical characteristics 1 Folder