Marion in Smyth County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Col. William Elisha Peters
Confederate Veteran and College Professor
On April 17, 1861, he enlisted as a private in the Smyth Dragoons (Co. A, 8th Virginia Cavalry) and was immediately elected lieutenant. He and his regiment joined Gen. John B. Floyd's brigade. He later became an infantry captain, was promoted to lieutenant colonel of the 45th Virginia Infantry, then became colonel of the 21st Virginia Cavalry. He fought in southwest Virginia, Georgia, and finally with the Army of Northern Virginia in its campaigns. During Gen. Jubal A. Early's raid into Maryland and Pennsylvania in the summer of 1864, his regiment was ordered to burn Chambersburg after the citizens failed to pay a ransom levied in retaliation for the burning of three Virginia houses by Federal troops. Peters refused to carry out his orders, however, because the town was filled with noncombatants. He was arrested but soon released.
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 50.114′ N, 81° 30.845′ W. Marker is in Marion, Virginia, in Smyth County. Marker is on East Main Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Marion VA 24354, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Confederate Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Marion (approx. 0.4 miles away); Smyth County Revolutionary War Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Smyth County War Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of Colonial Home (approx. 0.9 miles away); Col. Arthur Campbell Sherwood Anderson (approx. 1.4 miles away); Battle of Marion (approx. 1.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Marion.
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