By Frances Peter, John Smith Ph.D., William Cooper Jr.
Frances Peter used to be one of many 11 kids of Dr. Robert Peter, a medical professional for the Union military. The Peter kinfolk 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 usually enterprise outdoor her domestic yet was once capable of assemble a impressive quantity of data from associates, associates, and newspapers. Peter's candid diary chronicles Kentucky's invasion by means of Confederates lower than Gen. Braxton Bragg in 1862, Lexington's month-long profession by way of Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith, and adjustments in perspective one of the slave inhabitants following the Emancipation Proclamation. As troops from either North and South took turns maintaining 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. even though she used to be an ardent supporter of the conflict 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 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 precious insights and a distinct female standpoint on an underappreciated element of the warfare. till her loss of life 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 quarter is a window to the struggle during the gaze of a tender lady of intelligence and substance.
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See Williams' Lexington City Guide, 53. SATURDAY MAY 10TH  It seems that Mrs. Monmollin 1 was the one that made George Didlake tell the soldiers to stop singing, because forsooth she did not wish to offend some few secesh who had been induced to come, though she is herself a union lady. Today she &Mr. Didlake were forced to apologize & when they found how indignant everyone was at their behavior they rode about town together nearly the whole day trying to make it up & were in the greatest anxiety lest the battery should refuse to come tonight to the concert.
4. The Kentucky Statesman, a Democratic, pro-Confederate newspaper, suspended publication in September 1861. It published briefly in September and October 1862 during the Confederate occupation ofLexington. 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.
1 Several were taken up & put some in jail & some with the guards in the College lot .... 1. The order Miss Peter reported was contradictory to others issued by the city council before and after this day that compelled southern sympathizers to remain in their homes. See Perrin, History ofFayette County, Kentucky, 456. TuESDAY juLY 22ND  It seems that the order for the secesh to bear arms was only done to scare them a little; the reason for it was this. Some secesh meeting some of the home guards, made insulting remarks on their having to take up arms for the defense of the city & the soldiers took their revenge by that order.