Peter Hunt was Mulatto, born of a slave owner and his slave whose name was America. Ironically, they were enslaved on a rural Mississippi plantation in a town named Liberty.

In 1863, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves with the Emancipation Proclamation. In 1864, Peter Hunt enlisted in the Union Army's newly formed United States Colored Troops (USCT), 6th Heavy Artillery. He remained a soldier until 1866.

In the book Peter Hunt's life is told from oral family history, historical documents, pension papers, and the political, cultural, and economic times before and after slavery in America. Using this information, the author allowed Peter Hunt to tell his own story about his life and times.

This story is an introduction to teens and young adults about the lives of many American families during the Civil War, Emancipation, Reconstruction era, and the beginning of the 20th century. Although Peter died in 1915, this story is written in the style of the 1930's Writer's Federal Project (WPA), when former slaves were interviewed.

This story of Peter Hunt is a "must read" so that many may understand that life isn't always what it appears, or is said to be.


Between the sheets of Black and White

Gray and Blue divide

ever spilt the Red life force;
The truth?
A shared bloodline.

Denise I. Griggs (c) 2010