The Mississippi Civil War Sesquicentennial continues and in the coming months we will be highlighting Museum Division collections related to 1861 and the Civil War. Special thanks to Nan Prince for writing this series.

Adam McWillie's canteen. Accession Number: 1960.5 (Museum of Mississippi History Collection)

Adam McWillie's canteen. Accession Number: 1960.5 (Museum of Mississippi History Collection)

Adam McWillie used this canteen while serving in both the Mexican and Civil Wars. McWillie served in Company G of the 18th Mississippi Infantry and was killed during the Battle of Manassas on July 21, 1861 and his death was reported on July 22, 1861. Adam was the eldest son of William McWillie who served as Governor of Mississippi from 1857 to 1859.

Artifacts from the Museum Division collection that are not on exhibit are available for viewing by appointment. Please contact Nan Prince, Asst. Director of Collections, by email to schedule an appointment.