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LITTLE, Peter, legislator, born in Petersburg, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, about 1775; died in Baltimore county, Maryland, 5 February, 1830. He received a common school education, and was apprenticed to a trade. Removing to Maryland, he settled at Freedom, Carroll County, and was one of the few mechanics who have been sent from the workshop to congress. He was chosen as a Federalist from Maryland, and served from 4 November, 1811, till 3 March, 1813, and, being re-elected, from 2 December, 1816, till 3 March, 1829, or over eighteen years in all. He was appointed by President Madison colonel of the 38th infantry on 19 May, 1813, and served till 15 June, 1815.--His son, Lewis Henry, born in Baltimore in 1818; died in Iuka, Mississippi, 19 September, 1862, was graduated at the United States military academy in 1839, and assigned to the 5th infantry. He was made 1st lieutenant, 18 April, 1845, and having taken part in the Mexican war, he was brevetted captain, 23 September, 1846, for "gallant and meritorious conduct" at Monterey. He was given the full rank of captain, 20 August, 1847, but resigned, 7 May, 1861, to enter the Confederate army. He was appointed adjutant-general of the forces in Missouri on the staff of General Sterling Price, and for his bravery at the battle of Elk Horn was promoted brigadier-general. When Van Dorn was assigned to the command of the district of Northern Mississippi, Little succeeded to the command of Price's division. He was killed at the battle of Iuka.
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