William Raine Peck

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William Raine Peck, a native of Jefferson County, Tennessee, was born January 31, 1818. In the early 1840's he moved to Louisiana and purchased a plantation near the now extinct village of Milliken's Bend, in Madison Parish opposite Vicksburg. He prospered there and acquired other lands in the vicinity. On July 7, 1861 he enlisted at Camp Moore in the 9th Louisiana Infantry as a private. The first colonel of this regiment was Richard Taylor, later lieutenant general; the second was Leroy A. Stafford, subsequently brigadier general; and the third was Peck. Arriving at the battlefield of First Manassas just after the Federal retreat, the 9th fought in every engagement of the Army of Northern Virginia thereafter. It surrendered sixty-four men and four officers at Appomattox Court House. Peck was meantime promoted through grades to colonel, from October 8, 1863, and with this rank commanded the brigade in several actions, including that of the Monocacy, in which he was highly commended by his division commander, John B. Gordon. His appointment as brigadier general dated from February 18, 1865. Peck himself was not at Appomattox; he was paroled at Vicksburg, June 6, 1865. Nearly six and a half feet tall, and proportionately built, he never received so much as a flesh wound throughout the war, though he exposed himself repeatedly. After his parole he returned to his plantation, "The Mountain," where he died, January 22, 1871. He is buried in the family cemetery at Jefferson City, Tennessee.

Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.

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