William Raine Peck(1818 - 1871)
Home State: Louisiana
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 9th Louisiana Infantry
Before the Antietam Campaign:
A Louisiana state legislator and prosperous farmer before the War, he originally enlisted in the 9th Louisiana Infantry as Private on 7 July 1861. He was promoted Captain soon after, and Lieutenant Colonel of the Regiment on 24 April 1862.
In the Antietam Campaign:
He took command of the Regiment at Sharpsburg when Colonel Stafford succeeded to command of the Brigade (when General Starke was killed on 17 September).
The remainder of the War:
He frequently commanded the Regiment and was appointed Colonel on 8 October 1863. He was promoted to Brigadier General in January 1865, and was paroled at Vicksburg, MS on 6 June 1865.
After the War:
He returned to his plantation in Madison Parish, but died less than 6 years after the War.
References, Sources, and other notes:
Bio details from Warner1. His photograph from a CDV sold at auction in 2012 by Case Antiques. At about 6 feet, 6 inches and 330 pounds, he was one of the largest Confederate Generals.
|Birth Date: 01/31/1818 Place of Birth: Mossy Creek, Jefferson County, TN |
Death Date: 01/22/1871 Death Place: Milliken's Bend, LA Burial Place: Westview Cemetery, Jefferson City, TN
1 Warner, Ezra J., Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders, Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 1959, pg. 231 [AotW citation 13199]
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