Peter Vertrees

Peter Vertrees (HM1QG2)

Location: Gallatin, TN 37066 Sumner County
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N 36° 23.1826', W 86° 26.7403'

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A prominent African-American soldier, minister, and educator, Peter Vertrees was born December 16, 1840, in Edmonton County, Kentucky, as Peter Skaggs. At age five he was apprenticed to Jacob Vertrees whose name he assumed. From 1861-1865, he was a cook and bodyguard under Dr. John L. Vertrees in the Orphan Brigade, the Sixth Kentucky Infantry C.S.A., for which he received a pension from the State of Tennessee. After the war, Vertrees came to Gallatin where he began a sixty-one year Baptist ministry establishing churches area wide.


In each church he established a chapter of the Sons and Daughters of Charity to defray members' medical and burial expenses. In 1875 he organized the East Fork Missionary Baptist Association. Educated at Roger Williams University in Nashville, he opened a subscription school in the 1880s and with funding from the Rosenwald Foundation established several public schools. One block east of here, he built a Victorian Cottage in 1888. The Reverend Peter Vertrees died January 18, 1926, and was buried in the Gallatin Cemetery.
HM NumberHM1QG2
Historical Period19th Century
Historical PlaceMonument
Marker TypeHistoric Structure
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleMounted
Marker NumberTHC 3B 67
Placed ByTennessee Historical Commission.
Marker Condition
8 out of 10 (1 reports)
Date Added Monday, January 11th, 2016 at 4:16pm PST -08:00
Photo Credits: [1] DARYL SKAGGS  
Locationbig map
Directions Informationat the intersection of Hwy 109 and E Bledsoe St., Gallatin, TN
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 549715 N 4026947
Decimal Degrees36.38637600, -86.44567100
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 23.1826', W 86° 26.7403'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 23' 10.9536" N, 86° 26' 44.4156" W
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Area Code(s)615
Can be seen from road?Yes
Is marker in the median?No
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 207 S Water Ave, Gallatin TN 37066, US
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Jan 11, 2016 at 4:20pm PST by dskaggs777

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