01 April 2016

Witness To History

In April, 1805, Lieutenant [George] Peter accompanied General Wilkinson to the West and took part in the organization of the Territorial Government of Missouri. Arriving at St. Louis on the Fourth of July, he established the first cantonment on the banks of the Missouri at Bellefontaine and fired the first salute on the return of Lewis and Clark from their expedition to the Pacific. He also served under General Wilkinson during Governor Claiborne's administration before Louisiana was admitted to the Union and he was present as a witness at the trial of Aaron Burr. Source

For more information about George Peter, the Peter Family, and a few famous Americans, see A GUIDE TO THE PETER FAMILY PAPERS...., Special Collections, The University Of Virginia Library

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