Slave Peter's Story
(This story is found in the Barco Binder in a section on Indentured Servants and Slavery; no author given. The story is edited in minor ways for ease of reading. In addition to the story, there are pieces of supporting documentation regarding Peter Brockett.)
Peter was first the property of Tulley Dozier. His mother’s name was Patience and his father’s name was Prince. When Tulley’s daughter Lydia Married Yellis Brockett, Peter’s name was changed to Peter Brockett. When Lydia died and her children Sarah Jane and John went to live with Bailey Barco, Peter went with them.
When Sarah Jane married William Tillett Barco (son of Bailey) Peter went to live with them. When William T. was captured by the Yankees at Roanoke Island, Peter took care of Sarah Jane and the children. (John died there.)
Later in the Civil War, Peter became a Buffalo Soldier, Co. B, US 36th Reg. He was wounded at the Battle of Bermuda Hundred.
After the war, he and his family remained with the Barcos, then moved away but remained close to the family until Sara Jane’s death.
Military Service Record dated June 16, 1891 for Peter Brockett who served as a wagoner in Co. B, 36th Reg’t of the Massachusetts Volunteers, enlisted August 1864, discharged February 1865.
Declaration for Invalid Pension dated Sept. 8, 1890, Peter Brockett, a resident of Moyock, 77 years old, is listed as being partially unable to earn support because he is blind in one eye and suffers from old age. He is noted as having served with the 36th regiment of the Connecticut Infantry.
Pension Application dated April 26, 1897, listing Peter Brockett as 84 years old, a resident of Currituck in Currituck County, NC. He provided the following statement:
“I served in Co. B, 36 Reg’t, USC Inf. during the war of the rebellion. I served two years and three months before I was wounded at Bermuda Hundred near Richmond, VA and was taken to the hospital near Bermuda Hundred where I stayed about a month. Just as soon as I was able to leave the hospital, I was discharged and sent home. I was sent home six days before the fall of Richmond.”