Fort Adams

This fortification was made after the Spanish withdrawal from Natchez district, as a frontier post near the demarcation of Spanish and American domains on the east side of the great river. The site was recommended by Capt. Guion after his arrival in the latter part of 1797, at the historic high lands known as Davion’s Rock during the French period, and Loftus heights after the English took possession. The fort was built after Gen. Wilkinson arrived in August, 1798. It was completed in 1799, and comprised a strong earthwork, magazine and barracks. The engineering work was under the direction of Maj. Thomas Freeman, who had been acting theretofore as surveyor of the boundary line, under Commissioner Ellicott. It was named in honor of John Adams, then president of the United States.

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Source: Encyclopedia of Mississippi History, by Dunbar Rowland.


3 thoughts on “Fort Adams”

  1. Patsy Peets Dyess

    I am looking for my grandmother. Susie Davis Gwin Peets. She was born in Holmes County. 1870. She married LC Peets. He sold her plantation in Holmes county and moved to Wilkerson County. I got some court records in Woodville. Her father was John Edgar Gwin and mother Leda Gage Peets. The last census record was 1910 in Holmes county. So maybe Wilkerson or Holmes County. Thank you in advance. I have exhausted every way I know to look.
    My Dad’ was her son, George Hasley Peets. He died in 1949.
    Patsy Peets Dyess

  2. In 1983 I was assigned to handle flood claims in the Fort Adams area. At that time I developed a mutual friendship with the general store owner Mr. Bill[Adams} I lost communications with him in 1985 but have always wondered what became of him and his wife. Thank you

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