Larry Peterson graduated from the University of California, Davis, with a B.S. and obtained an M.B.A. from the University of Alaska. After brief careers as a National Park Service ranger and as a United States Air Force communications officer, he entered aviation. After serving in many capacities as a pilot, chief pilot and chief flight instructor, he was hired by United Airlines and retired as a Boeing 757/767 Standards Captain.
A student of the Civil War since grade school, he utilized this interest to research, over some 18 years, his great-great-grandfather’s role in the war, culminating in the publishing of his biography Confederate Combat Commander, the Remarkable Life of Brigadier General Alfred Jefferson Vaughan, Jr., by the University of Tennessee Press in October, 2013. Along with his good friend and noted Civil War author Matt Spruill, he is collaborating on a series of books of critical decisions of the various campaigns and battles of that war, including his books to come on the Atlanta Campaign and the Kentucky Campaign of 1862. He is a long time resident of Evergreen, Colorado, along with his wife Kathleen, and both are proud long term Brigade Color Bearers, befitting General Vaughan.
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