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Collection Number: 04722

Collection Title: Peters Family Papers, 1819-1921

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Funding from the Watson-Brown Foundation, Inc., supported the encoding of this finding aid and microfilming of this collection.

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 40 items)
Abstract The Peters family of Missouri and Tennessee included D. B. Peters of Cole County, Mo.; Charles T. Peters; Newton C. Peters; H. C. Peters; Samuel J. Peters; D. W. Peters, a postal inspector; and Scott Peters. Scott Peters was born in Cole County, Mo.; served in the Confederate Army; was licensed to practice law in Missouri in 1867; received an M.D. from Vanderbilt University in 1881; and practiced medicine in Huntland, Tenn., 1881-1902, and in Donelson, Tenn., 1902-1911. He then returned to Cole County, Mo., where he lived until his death in 1917. Papers of the Peters and related families consist primarily of legal papers, such as deeds and marriage certificates. Also included are a few letters; a diary, 1863-1864, of Scott Peters; a diary, 1902, of D. W. Peters; and family pictures. In his diary, Scott Peters, who served with Company A, Third Missouri Cavalry Regiment, made brief, almost daily, entries in which he described traveling to Tuskegee, Ala.; his life in Tuskegee; his wounding and capture at the Battle of Champion Hill on 16 May 1863; his transportation up the Mississippi and Ohio rivers to Camp Morton near Indianapolis; his stay at Camp Morton; his transport in June 1863 to Fort Delaware; and his life as a prisoner there until his release on 24 March 1864. The 1902 diary of D. W. Peters reports his daily travel and the numbers of cases on which he reported each day. Pictures include a tintype, and the photograph album appears to date from the late 19th or early 20th century. Both contain portraits of Horton, Padgett, and Taylor family members, though most photographs are unidentified.
Creator Peters family.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Peters Family Papers #4722, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Microfilm copy (filmed May 2005) available.
  • Reel 1: Entire collection
Alternate Form of Material
Typed transcription of Scott Peters diary is available.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Lucie E. Allen of Apex, N.C. (Acc. 94137).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The Peters family of Missouri and Tennessee included D. B. Peters of Cole County, Mo.; Charles T. Peters; Newton C. Peters; H. C. Peters; Samuel J. Peters; D. W. Peters; and Scott Peters. Scott Peters was born in Cole County, Mo.; served in the Confederate Army; was licensed to practice law in Missouri in 1867; received an M.D. from Vanderbilt University in 1881; and practiced medicine in Huntland, Tenn., 1881-1902, and in Donelson, Tenn., 1902-1911. He then returned to Cole County, Mo., where he lived until his death in 1917.

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Papers of the Peters family and related families consist primarily of legal papers, such as deeds and marriage certificates. Also included are a few letters; a diary, 1863-1864, of Scott Peters; a diary, 1902, of D. W. Peters; and family pictures. In his diary, Scott Peters, who served with Company A, Third Missouri Cavalry Regiment during the Civil War, made brief, almost daily, entries in which he described traveling to Tuskegee, Ala.; his life in Tuskegee; his wounding and capture at the Battle of Champion Hill on 16 May 1863; his transport up the Mississippi and Ohio rivers to Camp Morton near Indianapolis; his stay at Camp Morton; his transport in June 1863 to Fort Delaware; and his life as a prisoner of war there until his release on 24 March 1864. The 1902 diary of D. W. Peters, a postal inspector, reports his daily travel and the numbers of cases on which he reported each day. Pictures includes a tintype, and the photograph album appears to date from the late 19th or early 20th century. Both contain portraits of Horton, Padgett, and Taylor family members, though most photographs are unidentified. Many of the portraits were taken by professional studios, including Thuss & Koellien and W. G. Thuss, both of Nashville, Tenn.; Staley Bros. of Tullahoma, Tenn.; R. F. Adams of St. Louis, Mo.; and Buchanan & Wallace.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Linda Sellars, June 1996

Encoded by: Nancy Kaiser, April 2005

Funding from the Watson-Brown Foundation, Inc., supported the encoding of this finding aid and microfilming of this collection.

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