Major-Generals and brigadier-generals, Provisional army of the Confederate States, Accredited to Mississippi.
Brigadier-General Wirt Adams
, of Mississippi
, was one of the most dauntless cavalry leaders of the war. He was a commissioner from Mississippi
to ask that State to go with Mississippi
in secession and the formation of a Confederacy, and as soon as Mississippi
seceded he went to work to recruit soldiers for the Confederate army.
He raised a regiment known as the First Mississippi cavalry, and was commissioned colonel on October 15, 1861.
Until the spring of 1862 he was engaged generally in scouting and picket duty, keeping the Confederate
generals apprised of the movements of the enemy and occasionally skirmishing with detached parties.
In the spring of 1862 he was given charge of the companies organized under the call of Governor Rector
, of Arkansas
. Accompanying Van Dorn
he served on his staff as chief of artillery in the battle of Corinth
In the campaign in north Mississippi
, both before and after Shiloh
, he was ever on the move with his command until the name of Wirt Adams
was famous throughout the West
When the Federals
were advancing upon Chattanooga
in the summer of 1862, Adams
, with a smaller force, impeded their march and brought their schemes to naught.
In the campaign resulting in the battles of Iuka
he performed very important services.
During the Grierson raid in the spring of 1863, Colonel Adams
did the best that could be done with the means at his command to check and impede the movements of the great Federal raider.
At Union Church
, though unable to defeat Grierson
, he did cause him to turn aside from his intended attack upon Natchez
For his important services during the Vicksburg