|Birth: ||Apr. 8, 1847|
|Death: ||Dec. 11, 1925|
Peter D. Thomas
Officer's Servant in Company G
15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment
Born April 8, 1847, near the Town of Tiptonville, Lake County, State of Tennessee. Peter was born a slave. He grew up on a 1,000 acre plantation in Lake County in northwestern Tennessee, near Island No. 10 on the Mississippi River.
Dabney was the surname of his master/owner. Peter was 14 years old when the American Civil War began. Together with other slaves, he was forced to help Confederate forces construct fortifications on the island.
On April 8, 1862, some 6,000 Confederate soldiers on and around the island surrendered to Union forces, which included the 15th Wisconsin. At the time Peter began his employment as an officer's servant, Company G consisted of 3 officers and about 80-90 enlisted men.
After the war Peter adopted his father's surname: Thomas. He also returned to Beloit, where he attended school. He then taught in the City of Chicago, Cook County, State of Illinois. He then returned to Beloit before finally settling in the City of Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin. There he worked for many years as the janitor of the First National Bank and the county court house, where he also served as a juror in the circuit court.
In 1887 Peter was elected to a 2 year term as the Racine County Coroner.
Died December 11, 1925
Peter's death by asphyxiation at age 78 made the front-page of the December 12, 1925, issue of the Racine Journal-News newspaper.
"[He was found by his wife] lying across the large floor register directly above the pipeless furnace. The fire had been so hot that the face and hands were literally baked..."
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Originally Created by: Bev
Record added: Oct 05, 2006
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