This is the ninth part in a series of Some Notable Peeler Ancestors:
WHO FIRED THE LAST SHOT AT APPOMATTOX ?
The next three paragraphs are taken from an article by James C. Elliott, Lattimore, NC, dated June 1st, 1922.
It has been claimed that North Carolinians fired the last shot at Appomattox and our Cleveland boys claim that distinction.
"Two 19-year old Cleveland boys of Graham's batery, John Peeler and Laban Queen, loaded and fired the last cannon. Their battery was in action firing into the massive colums of the enemy when orders were given to stop firing. Queen says the had loaded and primed their guns and Peeler said when ordered to stop firing, "d---m "em I will give 'em another one,' and he let her go tearing through the columns of the enemy at clase range.
"And that was the last gun heard about Appomatox. Peeler was the oldest brother of our county commissioner, George Peeler, and of Alfred Peeler, mayor of Cherryville. He moved to Texas soon after the war. Queen, who is a most respected man, related these incidents last week in Shelby, but narrated ever since Lee's srrender."
John Peeler, son of Peter Peeler, went to the war with the first company of volunteers of Cleveland County. He served during the whole four years of the was and was home on one furlough during that time.
He was wounded during he battle of the Widerness by a nini ball which struck him a glancing blow on the forehead and passed around beneath the scalp. It was removed that night from the back of the skull by the surgeon. He did not stop fighting but lost cansiderable blood during the day.
As soon as Lee surrendered, John Peeler left North Carolina and made his home in Texas where he was a successful rancher for several years. His death was due to "spotted fever"
He was an excellent soldier---fearless and one of the bravest of the brave throughout the four years of Lee's immortal conflict.
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