By Frances Peter, John Smith Ph.D., William Cooper Jr.
Frances Peter used to be one of many 11 teenagers of Dr. Robert Peter, a general practitioner for the Union military. The Peter relations lived on Gratz Park close to downtown Lexington, the place nineteen-year-old Frances started recording her impressions of the Civil conflict. due to ailment, she didn't usually enterprise outdoor her domestic yet used to be in a position to assemble a impressive volume of data from associates, associates, and newspapers. Peter's candid diary chronicles Kentucky's invasion through Confederates below Gen. Braxton Bragg in 1862, Lexington's month-long profession through Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith, and adjustments in perspective one of the slave inhabitants following the Emancipation Proclamation. As troops from either North and South took turns protecting town, she many times emphasised the rightness of the Union reason and minced no phrases in expressing her disdain for the hated ""secesh."" Her writings articulate many issues universal to Kentucky Unionists. although she was once an ardent supporter of the conflict opposed to the Confederacy, Peter additionally frightened that Lincoln's use of authority surpassed his constitutional rights. Her personal attitudes in the direction of blacks have been ambiguous, as was once the case with many folks in that point. Peter's descriptions of day-by-day occasions in an occupied urban supply worthwhile insights and a special female point of view on an underappreciated point of the struggle. until eventually her demise by means of epileptic seizure in August 1864, Peter carefully recorded the placement and deportment of either Union and accomplice squaddies, incidents on the army hospitals, and tales from the nation-state. Her account of a torn and divided quarter is a window to the battle throughout the gaze of a tender lady of intelligence and substance.
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Additional resources for A Union Woman in Civil War Kentucky: The Diary of Frances Peter
Xxxii. NoTE oN THE TEXT The Peter diary, located in Box 7 of the Evans Papers, Division of Special Collections and Archives, Margaret I. King Library, University of Kentucky, covers the period, January 19, 1862-April4, 1864. The original diary was written in eight small booklets made of scrap paper-mainly hospital supply sheets-stitched together with thread. Entries selected for inclusion in this volume represent, in the opinion of the editors, the most significant portions of the total diary.
12 to no. 2 there being so few at present that one hospital is sufficient.... 1. " See Speed, The Union &giments ofKentucky, 151, 189. 2. Located in the Masonic Hall, on the northeast corner ofWalnut and Short Streets. The site is now occupied by the Central Christian Church. THURSDAY jULY 10TH  Three companies of the 3rd Ky. arrived today bringing some prisoners. They are to serve as escort to a battery that will pass through here on the way to the Gap. SATURDAY jULY 12TH [1862)1 John Morgan with a large body of cavalry said to be at Glasgow & marching on Lex[ington] expected tonight.
See Speed, The Union Regiments ofKentucky, 517. 4. Probably Colonel John Coburn, who commanded the 33rd Indiana Infantry stationed in Lexington at this time. See Boatner, The Civil War Dictionary, 161. • 7. The Diary of Frances Peter [THURSDAY) FEBRUARY 6TH 1862 Report says that a skirmish took place between Capt John Morgan & our troops between Lebanon & Green River the other day & Morgan & 40 ofhis men taken prisoners. 1 About 25 army wagons leave here daily. Zollicoffers body did not pass through here but was sent to Nashville from Munfordville.
A Union Woman in Civil War Kentucky: The Diary of Frances Peter by Frances Peter, John Smith Ph.D., William Cooper Jr.