Army officer (1825–1864) who resigned his commission and joined the Confederate States Army, rising to the rank of brigadier general before being killed in action. War-dated handwritten telegram, signed “John C. Adams, Col., ACS,” one page, 8.25 x 8.5, dated December 1, 1862. Telegram to General Ruggles reads, in full: “Four hundred & fifty aggregate for duty not well prepared to hold this place half-force is militia imperfectly armed with little ammunition fortifications bearly complete one thousand negroes at work need heavy artillery & musket ammunition. Have no information of enemy nearer than Corinth think we can hold the place against twelve hundred cavalry.” A central vertical fold and a uniform shade of mild toning, otherwise fine condition. Less than a month after sending this telegram, Adams was promoted to brigadier general where he served at Vicksburg and assisted John B. Hood in pushing General Sherman northward after the fall of Atlanta. RR Auction COA.