Colonel of the 9th Louisiana Infantry
(1818-71) Born in Jefferson County, Tennessee, the 6 1/2 foot tall Peck moved to Louisiana in the early 1840ís and purchased a plantation in Madison Parrish, opposite Vicksburg. He enlisted as a private at Camp Moore, La., on July 7, 1861, and was mustered into the 9th Louisiana Infantry. The first colonel of this hard fighting regiment was Richard Taylor, son of General and President Zachary Taylor. The younger Taylor went on to prominence during the War Between the States and promotion to the rank of lieutenant general. Arriving on the First Manassas, Va. battlefield just after the Union army retreated, thereafter the 9th Louisiana Infantry fought in every engagement that the Army of Northern Virginia participated in. The regiment eventually surrendered at Appomattox with only 64 men and 4 officers left. Peck was promoted to colonel, October 8, 1863, and brigadier general, February 18, 1865. He was paroled at Vicksburg on June 6, 1865.
Antique photograph, 3 3/4 x 5 1/2. Bust view in Confederate uniform. No imprint. Circa 1800's, post Civil War. Staining on the front and back. Peck is scarce to find any images of.
WBTS Trivia: The 9th Louisiana Infantry had 21 killed and 55 wounded at the battle of Sharpsburg, Md., and 25 killed and 57 wounded at the battle of Chancellorsville, Va.