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 general practitioner 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 battle. due to affliction, she didn't usually enterprise open air her domestic yet was once in a position to assemble a striking quantity of knowledge from neighbors, buddies, and newspapers. Peter's candid diary chronicles Kentucky's invasion via Confederates below 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 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 issues universal to Kentucky Unionists. even though she was once an ardent supporter of the warfare opposed to the Confederacy, Peter additionally anxious 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 priceless insights and a distinct female point of view on an underappreciated element of the battle. until eventually her dying by way of epileptic seizure in August 1864, Peter carefully recorded the placement and deportment of either Union and accomplice infantrymen, incidents on the army hospitals, and tales from the geographical region. Her account of a torn and divided quarter is a window to the battle in the course of the gaze of a tender girl of intelligence and substance.
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With the lieutenant governorship vacant, and after Speaker of the Senate John F. Fisk stepped down, Magoffin's hand-picked successor, Senator James F. Robinson, was inserted in Fisk's place. Magoffin resigned and, in a perfectly orchestrated scenario, Robinson assumed the governorship on August 18, 1862. See John David Smith, "James F. Robinson," in Kentucky's Governors, 1792-1985, ed. Lowell H. Harrison (Lexington: Univ. Press of Kentucky, 1985), 74. TUESDAY [AUGUST] 19TH  The city council has issued a resolution that all able bodied citizens shall attach themselves to some company & drill every evening at 4 o'clock at which time all shops shall be closed1 and Warner issued an order to • 26.
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