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Emanuel Peter Letters

Identifier: SC 01212

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Scope and Contents

Letters written primarily by Emmanuel Peter while serving in the 49th Pennsylvania Volunteers and mailed to his family. Includes letters from war camps near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. Other locations include Fairfax, Chickahominy, Warwick County, Harrison's Landing, Berryville, Belle Plain, White Oak Church, Rappahannock River, Brandy Station, Petersburg (Weldon Railroad, Fort Hell, Fort Wadsworth), Harper's Ferry, Winchester, Middletown, and Richmond in Virginia. Letters written from Hagerstown and Fort Gaines, Maryland are also present.

The collection contains letters from Emmanuel's brother, Orlando Bingham Peter, also serving in the 49th Pennsylvania Volunteers. Includes letter announcing the death of Franklin Peter. Subjects include camp life and the Third Battle of Winchester as well as skirmishes near Rappahannock Station and Petersburg. Typescripts of letters are located at the end of the collection.


  • Creation: 1861-1865


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Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. 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, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

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Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical Information:

Emmanuel Peter and his brothers Franklin Peter and Orlando Bingham Peter served in the 49th Pennsylvania Volunteers. Franklin Peter was mortally wounded June 1, 1864. Emmanuel was wounded slightly and returned to service. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .


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Guide to the Emanuel Peter Papers
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Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository