Private Andrew J. Peters was born on June 6th, 1836 at Randolph County, Georgia.
In 1860 he and wife Samantha (Sarah Jane), along with her two children by a previous marriage, were living near Quincy, Gadsden County, Florida. The census lists his occupation as a harness maker, with a personal worth of $200.
His initial enlistment occurred on May 22, 1861 at Quincy, Gadsden County, Florida in Captain Gee’s Company (Company A, 4th Florida Infantry) for a period of 12 months. Ordered on special duty by Governor Madison Stark Perry making cartridge boxes.
He reenlisted in Captain Davidson’s Company on March 12th, 1862 at Quincy, Gadsden County, Florida. He was present with the company from the date of his enlistment through December 16th, 1864, serving as the company’s’ cook between November and December 1863.
He was captured at Nashville, Tennessee on December 16th, 1864, and sent to the military prison at Louisville Kentucky where he arrived on December 22nd. He was transferred to the military prison at Camp Chase, Ohio, where arrived on January 4th, 1865.
He was released from Camp Chase on June 12th, 1865 after signing the Oath of Allegiance. His description was given as fair complexion, light hair, blue eyes, 5’ 9” tall, 29 years old, and place of residence as Gadsden County, Florida.
Andrew applied for a Florida Confederate Pension on January 1st, 1906 which was denied, as he had not been a “continuous’ resident of the state since the end of the war. He applied (ca. 1910) for and was awarded a Georgia Confederate Pension.
The date and place of his death are unknown, as is his place of interment.