Daniel Weisiger Adams

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Daniel Weisiger Adams was born in Frankfort, Kentucky, probably in May or June of 1821. After reading law, he was admitted to the Mississippi bar and subsequently practiced in Louisiana. Meantime he had killed in a duel an editor who had criticized in the columns of his paper Adams' father, a Federal judge. In 1861 he was appointed by Governor Moore of Louisiana one of three members of a board to place the state on a war footing. His first army service was as lieutenant colonel of the 1st Louisiana Regulars, of which he was later promoted colonel. Present at Pensacola, his regiment greatly distinguished itself at the battle of Shiloh, where Adams lost his right eye. He was promoted brigadier general on May 23, 1862, and commanded the Louisiana Brigade at Perryville, Murfreesboro (where he was again wounded), and at Chickamauga, where he was a third time wounded and captured. After his recovery and exchange, he was given command of a cavalry brigade in North Alabama. For a time in command of the District of Central Alabama, he was in the last months of the war in charge of the entire state north of the Department of the Gulf, and opposed the Federal General Wilson during the latter's advance, which virtually termi­nated the war east of the Mississippi. General Adams Avas paroled at Meridian, Mississippi, on May 9, 1865, and went to England for a time. Upon his return to the United States he resumed the practice of law in New Orleans, where he died on June 13, 1872. He is buried near his brother, General William Wirt Adams, in Jackson, Mississippi, in an unmarked grave.
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Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.