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Richard H. Adams, Jr. Civil War Papers
5th Alabama Infantry Regiment & Prisoner of War
Manuscript #0358

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About this Collection
Richard Adams Papers title imageRichard H. Adams, Jr. was born April 21, 1842 "Altwood," Marengo County, Alabama. He was the third son of Richard Henry Adams and Anna Carter Harrison. In May 1861 Adams enlisted as a Private in Company D, 5th Alabama Infantry Regiment, and served in various Virginia campaigns until he was severely wounded at Seven Pines. He subsequently served as a staff officer for Gen. Wheeler until September 1863, when he was captured near Nashville, Tennessee.   Adams was a prisoner of war from September 1863 through June 1865, and was one a group of prisoners later known as the "immortal 600," --- prisoners placed on Morris Island in Charleston harbor within direct line of fire from Confederate guns at Fort Sumter.   After the war, Adams spent his career as an engineer and later Postmaster in Radford, Virginia. He married Lottie Putnam, with whom he had corresponded throughout the war. Adams died at Radford on October 8, 1896. The papers consist of 47 original letters (Nov. 1863-Sept. 1866) written by Richard, most dating from the period in which he was a prisoner of war; 23 original letters from Lottie Putnam to Richard (March 1864-Jan. 1865); a manuscript diary kept while serving with the 5th Alabama Regiment in Virginia (April-May 1862); transcriptions only of two additional diary volumes (Sept. 1862-March 1863, and a prison diary, 1864-1865); a typescript "Account of Wheeler's Raids" written after the war; a "friendship book," March 1865, containing inscriptions by fellow prisoners; 2 photographs of Adams; and miscellaneous documents and clippings.

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