Richard H. Adams, Jr. papers, 1862-1866
Collection — Box: 1
Civil War papers (ca. 80 items) of Captain Richard H. Adams, Jr. Consist of manuscript diary kept while serving with the 5th Alabama Regiment in Virginia, April-June 1862, with accompanying typewritten transcription. Transcriptions only of two additional diary volumes (Sept. 1862-March 1863; and prison diary, 1864-1865); 47 original letters (Nov. 1863-Sept. 1866) to Lottie Putnam Adams, most written before their marriage while he was a prisoner of war; 23 original letters from Lottie to Richard, March 1864-Jan. 1865; typescript "Account of Wheeler's Raids" written after the war; "friendship book", March 1865, containing inscriptions by fellow prisoners; 2 photographs of Adams; miscellaneous documents and clippings. Letters reflect ongoing courtship and generally concern personal and family matters; some references to war and prison life. Diaries contain information about camp life, battles, prison life.
- 1862 - 1866
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0.25 cubic feet (ca, 80 items)
Biographical / Historical
Richard H. Adams, Jr. b. 1841 at "Altwood", Marengo County, Alabama; served as officer during Civil War with 5th Alabama Infantry Regiment and in Engineer Corps on General Wheeler's staff, captured near Nashville; prisoner of war Sept. 1863-June 1865, one of "immortal 600"; engineer after war; d. 1896 at Radford, Virginia.
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- Confederate States of America -- Army -- Alabama Infantry Regiment, 5th
- Confederate States of America -- Army -- Cavalry -- History
- Fair Oaks (Henrico County, Va.), Battle of, 1862
- Fort Delaware (Del.)
- Johnson Island Prison
- Marengo County (Ala.) -- History
- Morris Island (S.C.)
- Peninsular Campaign (1862)
- Point Lookout Prison Camp for Confederates.
- Prisoners of war
- Soldiers -- Alabama -- Correspondence
- Soldiers -- Alabama -- Diaries
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Prisoners and prisons
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Women
- Virginia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives, Confederate
- Wheeler's Cavalry Corps (C.S.A.)
- Women -- Confederate States of America