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That is him. I was able to find an 1872 photo of Peerce when he served as a Democratic delegate to the 2nd WV Constitutional Convention. Last April, Crossfire Mag., published by the Amercian CWRT of the uK, published a long article I wrote abput Peerce. If you would want to read it, send me your email,and I will forward it to you. In my research for my book on McNeill's Rangers, I found a lot of new info on Peerce. Although Peerce served in Co. F, 7th Va. Cav, he rode with McNeill from time to time, and was 2nd in command of the Ramgers on their May 5, 1864, raidon the B&O at Bloomington, Md. and Piedmond WV. He was also the scout who convinced Rosser to attack the Union post at New CReek (Keyser)WV on Nov 28, 1864. Although he did not go with the Rangers to Cumberland Md. when they captured Gens. Crook and Kelley in the early morning hours of Feb 21, 1865, Jesse McNeill must have placed him as one of Crook's guards when they got back to the Moorefield area. In 1867, Crook wrote to Pres. Johnson in favor of giving Peerce a pardon for his kind treatment of him when he was a prisoner. He got the pardon over the objection of WV gov Artur I Boreman and many of his Unionists neighbors. I found Peerce to be a very facinating individual.

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