Henry N Peters
4th Illinois Cavalry
127. Peters Family.
Papers, 1854-1972; 2 linear feet and 2 volumes.
Family papers and business records pertaining primarily to Arthur Nelson Peters (1873-1953), a Little Rock (Pulaski County) civil engineer. Included are the original and a typed transcript copy of a letter written on April 23, 1862, at Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee, by Corporal Henry N. Peters, Company K, Fourth Illinois Cavalry. Peters describes briefly his experiences at the battle for Fort Donelson and in more detail, his experiences at the battle of Shiloh, including the reaction of Ohio troops after the initial Confederate success on April 7. Peters was present during the subsequent pursuit of the retreating Southerners and describes his unit's encounter with cavalry commanded by Nathan Bedford Forest. In addition to Peter's letter, the collection also includes his discharge papers dated June 19, 1862, pension forms issued to his widow in the late nineteenth century, and several examples of 1860s poetry