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MAJ James Stevens Peck

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MAJ James Stevens Peck

Birth
Montpelier, Washington County, Vermont, USA
Death 28 May 1884 (aged 45)
Loon Lake, Franklin County, New York, USA
Burial Montpelier, Washington County, Vermont, USA
Memorial ID 13770524 View Source
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Adjutant General of Vermont and Civil War officer. The son of William Nelson and Julia A. (Clark) Peck, he graduated from the University of Vermont in 1860 and studied law. In 1862 Peck was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in Company I, 13th Vermont Infantry, rose to regimental Adjutant, and took part in the Battle of Gettysburg. After the 13th Vermont was mustered out, Peck joined the 17th Vermont as Adjutant with rank of Major. He was commended for bravery at Wilderness, Cold Harbor, and Petersburg, and mustered out with his regiment in 1865. In 1866 Peck was admitted to the bar and established a law practice in Montpelier. From 1866 to 1880 he served as a volunteer fireman on Capitol Engine Number 57. From 1868 to 1872 he served as Assistant Secretary of the Vermont Senate, and from 1869 to 1880 Peck was Assistant United States Attorney for Vermont. Peck served as Assistant Adjutant General and Inspector General of the Vermont National Guard from 1868 to 1872. From 1872 to 1881 he served as Adjutant General. In 1881 Peck was appointed Postmaster in Montpelier, a position he held until his death. An original member of the Reunion Society of Vermont Officers, Peck was the Society's Secretary from 1866 to 1882, and President from 1882 until his death. He was also a Mason and a member of the Knights Templar. In failing health as a result of his wartime service, Peck nearly died twice from pulmonary hemorrhages before finally succumbing.

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