A Union Woman in Civil War Kentucky: The Diary of Frances by Frances Peter, John Smith Ph.D., William Cooper Jr.

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

Frances Peter used to be one of many 11 young ones of Dr. Robert Peter, a physician for the Union military. The Peter kin lived on Gratz Park close to downtown Lexington, the place nineteen-year-old Frances begun recording her impressions of the Civil conflict. due to affliction, she didn't frequently enterprise open air her domestic yet used to be capable of assemble a extraordinary volume of data from buddies, acquaintances, and newspapers. Peter's candid diary chronicles Kentucky's invasion through Confederates less than Gen. Braxton Bragg in 1862, Lexington's month-long career through 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 keeping 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 issues universal to Kentucky Unionists. although she used to be an ardent supporter of the warfare opposed to the Confederacy, Peter additionally anxious 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 offer important insights and a different female standpoint on an underappreciated element of the warfare. till her demise via epileptic seizure in August 1864, Peter carefully recorded the location 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 in the course of the gaze of a tender lady of intelligence and substance.

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General George Washington Morgan commanded Federal forces in the vicinity of Cumberland Gap. Morgan was preparing the Gap for an expected assault by ten to twelve thousand Confederates. See Warner, Generals in Blue, 334; and OR, ser. 1, vol. 16, pt. 1, 58-59. 2. Located in Morrison College, Transylvania University. THURSDAY jULY 3D [1862] Pa received an official letter this evening giving him his dismissal from the hospital from the 13th of this month. The hospitals here are to be discontinued.

Ramage,]ohn Wesley Hunt (Lexington: Univ. Press of Kentucky, 1974), 94. Also see Mrs. James B. Clay to James B. Clay, July 9, 1863, Hunt-Morgan Papers, Division of Special Collections and Archives, University of Kentucky Library. 3. G. Bracht was provost marshal of Lexington in July 1862. ), he led a remnant of that regiment in retreat to Louisville in September 1862, after the battle of Richmond, Kentucky. See Speed, The Union Cause in Kentucky, 464, and Richard H. Collins, History ofKentucky (1882; reprint, Frankfort: Kentucky Historical Society, 1966), 1:104.

Of Georgia Press, 1995). Faust's Mothers ofInvention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War (Chapel Hill: Univ. of North Carolina Press, 1996), is the most complete statement of the "new" history of southern white women in the Civil War. See also her "Trying to Do a Man's Business: Gender, Violence, and Slave Management in Civil War Texas," Gender and History 4 (summer 1992): 197-214; Southern Stories: Slaveholders in Peace and War (Columbia: U niv. C. , and Kym S. , A Woman's War: Southern Women, Civil War, and the Confederate Legacy (Charlottesville: Univ.

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