By Frances Peter, John Smith Ph.D., William Cooper Jr.
Frances Peter was once one of many 11 young children of Dr. Robert Peter, a health professional 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. as a result of affliction, she didn't frequently enterprise outdoors her domestic yet used to be capable of assemble a impressive volume of knowledge from buddies, pals, and newspapers. Peter's candid diary chronicles Kentucky's invasion through Confederates less than Gen. Braxton Bragg in 1862, Lexington's month-long profession 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 preserving 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 used to be an ardent supporter of the struggle opposed to the Confederacy, Peter additionally nervous that Lincoln's use of authority passed 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 necessary insights and a distinct female point of view on an underappreciated point of the battle. till her dying through 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 area is a window to the warfare in the course of the gaze of a tender lady of intelligence and substance.
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It is said that none of the carriages were permitted to enter the cemetary but I cannot be sure. The major said there was only one thing he regretted not to have done & that was to have cut off Mrs. Morgan's carriage for all the way to the cemetery Mrs. Basil Dukel hissed at him or his men. It seems the soldiers thought they would have a secesh flag for Mr. J. Elliotl had been heard to say they would have one at the cemetary. They did not however. It is against the law now for secesh to have more than 20 carriages at funerals.
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. The man was drunk at the time. , Ky. & leaves a wife & six children. Pa has got a place as assistant surgeon at one of the hospitals.
The commanding officer Col. Mundy rode up to him on hearing the noise he made, took him by the collar & belabored him well. They are a rough looking set, & ride very mean horses but I suppose they will fight well enough. Lieut. Green Clay one of Shoepff's3 Aide de camps passed through here this evening on his way to Gen. Buell4 & brought with him a company flag taken from Zollicoffers Army. The secessionists will not believe a word of the late battle, but put it off by saying that Zollicoffer has whipped Thomas.
A Union Woman in Civil War Kentucky: The Diary of Frances Peter by Frances Peter, John Smith Ph.D., William Cooper Jr.