By Frances Peter, John Smith Ph.D., William Cooper Jr.
Frances Peter was once one of many 11 young ones of Dr. Robert Peter, a doctor for the Union military. The Peter relatives lived on Gratz Park close to downtown Lexington, the place nineteen-year-old Frances all started recording her impressions of the Civil warfare. due to sickness, she didn't frequently enterprise outdoors her domestic yet was once capable of assemble a impressive volume of data from associates, friends, 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 career by means of Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith, and alterations in perspective one of the slave inhabitants following the Emancipation Proclamation. As troops from either North and South took turns keeping 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. notwithstanding she used to be an ardent supporter of the battle opposed to the Confederacy, Peter additionally apprehensive that Lincoln's use of authority handed his constitutional rights. Her personal attitudes in the direction of blacks have been ambiguous, as was once the case with many of us in that point. Peter's descriptions of day-by-day occasions in an occupied urban offer important insights and a special female point of view on an underappreciated element of the battle. till her dying through epileptic seizure in August 1864, Peter rigorously recorded the placement and deportment of either Union and accomplice infantrymen, incidents on the army hospitals, and tales from the nation-state. Her account of a torn and divided area is a window to the struggle during the gaze of a tender lady of intelligence and substance.
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See Perrin, History ofFayette County, Kentucky, 372. 5. Corporal Thomas J. Bush, a former member of the Lexington Chasseurs, was an aide-de-camp to General Buell. See Perrin, History ofFayette County, Kentucky, 449 . • 15. John T. Hogan edited the Lexington Observer and Reporter from 1855 to 1859. See Ranck, History ofLexington, 237. 7. C. Wickliffe, was one of the most influential newspapers in the state. MONDAY APRIL 28TH  One of Warner's men named Watson was shot the other night while passing from Broadway to camp, supposed by a secesh.
3. Miss Peter may be referring to Jacob Keesler of the 23rd Kentucky band. 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.
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. Before the war it was the favorite drill ground for Morgan's Lexington Rifles.