|Birth: ||Aug. 31, 1842|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Mar. 3, 1910|
~MY GREAT GRANDFATHER~
ELI PECK was the son of NATHAN BIRDSEY & RHODA ANN (WHEELER) PECK. He enlisted in the 76th Reg. (Union) in the Civil War on 3 October 1861 at the age of 19 in Cortland, NY. He was wounded on 28 August 1862 at Gainesville, VA and discharged 20 Jan 1863 (see information below). After the war, he migrated to Clarks, Merrick Co., Nebr. where he met my great grandmother, LETITIA MINERVA GARTEN. They were married 12 Mar 1873 at the Methodist Episcopal Church in Clarks, NE. He was the first postmaster of Clarks. Their four children were born in Clarks, NE: Birdsey Preston Peck, Wheeler Smith Peck, MERTA MAY (PECK) PHILP (my grandmother), and Howard Whitmore Peck.
Eli, Letitia, and the four children moved to Denver, Colorado around 1889 where he owned and operated a feed and seed store called E.E. Peck and Sons. He is buried with Letitia in Lot 56.
PECK, ELI E.-Age, 19 years. Enlisted, October 3, 1861, at Cortland, to serve three years; mustered in as private, Co. B, October 4, 1861; wounded in action, August 28,1862, at Gainesville, Va.; discharged for disability caused by wounds, January 20, 1863, at Washington, D. C.
Regimental History (pg. 125), says: "Eli E. Peck, of Company B, was severely wounded, the ball passing nearly through his body at the hips. In the course of the afternoon, two surgeons, one belonging to the "Iron Brigade", and one a rebel surgeon, came to him and commenced searching for the ball. They found it necessary to extract it - a most painful operation, now that nearly twenty-four hours had elapsed since the wound was made. They had no chloroform, and it was important that he should remain perfectly quiet. They told him to show himself a man by holding still, and if clenching the teeth and remaining stoical, while your devoted self is being cut and mangled by the surgeon's knife, is an evidence of manhood, Eli E. Peck is a model man. 'Take that', said the surgeon, handing him a large-sized spherical ball, bruised by his own bones, 'and show your sweetheart.' Peck carries the ball to this day, as a memento of Gainsville."
Regimental History of the 76th New York - 1896 - Box 26 Folder 25
Note: The mini ball that was removed from E.E. Peck was in the possession of Theodore Peck who is now deceased. It's whereabouts are now unknown.
Nathan Birdsey Peck (1807 - 1888)
Rhoda Ann Wheeler Peck (1813 - 1887)
Letitia Minerva Garten Peck (1852 - 1938)
Birdsey Preston Peck (1875 - 1948)*
Wheeler Smith Peck (1877 - 1934)*
Merta May Peck Philp (1879 - 1971)*
Howard Whitmore Peck (1881 - 1910)*
Plot: Lot 56
Created by: Nareen, et al
Record added: Feb 10, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13310948