By Frances Peter, John Smith Ph.D., William Cooper Jr.
Frances Peter was once one of many 11 youngsters of Dr. Robert Peter, a medical professional for the Union military. The Peter kin lived on Gratz Park close to downtown Lexington, the place nineteen-year-old Frances all started recording her impressions of the Civil battle. due to ailment, she didn't frequently enterprise outdoors her domestic yet was once in a position to assemble a amazing quantity of data from pals, buddies, and newspapers. Peter's candid diary chronicles Kentucky's invasion by means of Confederates less than Gen. Braxton Bragg in 1862, Lexington's month-long profession via Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith, and alterations in angle one of the slave inhabitants following the Emancipation Proclamation. As troops from either North and South took turns protecting the 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 matters universal to Kentucky Unionists. although she was once an ardent supporter of the warfare opposed to the Confederacy, Peter additionally frightened that Lincoln's use of authority handed his constitutional rights. Her personal attitudes in the direction of blacks have been ambiguous, as used to be the case with many of us in that point. Peter's descriptions of day-by-day occasions in an occupied urban supply precious insights and a special female point of view on an underappreciated element of the conflict. till her demise via epileptic seizure in August 1864, Peter rigorously recorded the location 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 sector is a window to the conflict throughout the gaze of a tender girl of intelligence and substance.
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In 1863 about 8,000 Confederate prisoners were confined there. See Mark Boatner, The Civil War Dictionary (New York: David McKay Company, 1969), 117. WEDNESDAY }AN 22ND 1862 ... Col. Mundys cavalry leaves here today for London. 1 There are five companies, & in leaving the city they passed through Main Street. As each company passed the Wheeler & Wilson2 machine shop where the ladies of the Aid Society were sitting sewing they hurrad for them. One old fellow was very drunk & shouted & pulled out his pistol flourishing it about in a dangerous manner.
T... A . L>. 0,-·,......... "'. ' lt l~ hL}) flAil)". Map showing many of the sites mentioned in Frances Peter's diary. The area is now known as Gratz Park. (Evans Collection, Special Collections and Archives, University of Kentucky Libraries) 1862 against the railing by which he was holding. An Ambulance with two of Warners' men was fired into by some secesh, but fortunately missed them, a few of the buckshot lodging in the horse. Brought in 23 prisoners tonight. 1. The Little College Lot, now known as Gratz Park, in the rear of the old Lexington Public Library, was the first site ofTransylvania University.
Although a doctor, Steele apparendy preferred inflicting wounds to healing them. See William E. E. Mickle, 1907), 74, and Duke, History ofMorgan's Cavalry, 228. 2. Bowling Green, in south central Kentucky, marked the center of the Confederate defenses that stretched the length of the Kentucky-Tennessee border in the winter and spring of 1861-1862. See Thomas Lawrence Connelly, Army ofthe Heartland: The Army ofTennessee, 1861-1862 (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State Univ. Press, 1967), 65-77. • 4. 1862 3.