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By Frances Peter, John Smith Ph.D., William Cooper Jr.

Frances Peter used to be one of many 11 little ones of Dr. Robert Peter, a medical professional for the Union military. The Peter relations lived on Gratz Park close to downtown Lexington, the place nineteen-year-old Frances begun recording her impressions of the Civil battle. due to affliction, she didn't usually enterprise outdoor her domestic yet was once in a position to assemble a awesome quantity of knowledge from acquaintances, acquaintances, and newspapers. Peter's candid diary chronicles Kentucky's invasion via Confederates lower than Gen. Braxton Bragg in 1862, Lexington's month-long career by means of Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith, and adjustments in angle one of the slave inhabitants following the Emancipation Proclamation. As troops from either North and South took turns retaining the town, she time and again 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. even though she was once an ardent supporter of the conflict opposed to the Confederacy, Peter additionally apprehensive that Lincoln's use of authority passed his constitutional rights. Her personal attitudes in the direction of blacks have been ambiguous, as used to be the case with many folks in that point. Peter's descriptions of day-by-day occasions in an occupied urban supply precious insights and a distinct female viewpoint on an underappreciated point of the struggle. until eventually her loss of life by way of 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 zone is a window to the conflict in the course of the gaze of a tender lady of intelligence and substance.

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Go on! were heard from every side. Many got upon the seats & waved their hats & hankerchiefs & the crowd barred every avenue of escape. The excitement was extreme. At last the men were compelled to sing. The audience were delighted & showed their appreciation of the Dixie by uproarious applause & furious waving of scarfs & hankerchiefs. Bouquets were also thrown to them & every one seemed to think they could not do enough to make up for the insult that had been put upon them. It was indeed scandalous to drive strangers off the stage that way after they had been asked to sing & when every one wished to hear them except the offending parties.

See Patricia L. , Historical Times Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Civil War (New York: Harper Perennial, 1991), 88. 5. Tennessean Felix Zollicoffer commanded Confederates at the battle ofMill Springs, January 19, 1862. In the clash with General George H. ). The defeat marked the collapse of a Confederate presence in eastern Kentucky. , Historical Times Illustrated Encyclopedia ofthe Civil War, 495 . • 5• The Diary of Frances Peter THURSDAY jAN 23RD 1862 Our victory is more complete than was thought.

See T. Harry Williams, Lincoln and His Generals (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1952), 30Q-301, and Stephen E. Ambrose, Halleck: Lincoln's ChiefofStaff(Baton Rouge: Louisiana State Univ. Press, 1962). FRIDAY MARCH 21sT [1862] Today the much talked of funeral of the rebel Lieut Edward Keen1 was to take place. The secesh have said they were going to make a great display and even threatened to have military (although where they would get the last article is more than I can say unless they thought the rebels would take Cincinnati as they have been lately excusing themselves for their defeats by saying that their retreating is only a part of their strategy to get into the northern states) but the young mans family said it should be a private funeral.

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