Theodore Safford Peck


Theodore Safford Peck Famous memorial

Burlington, Chittenden County, Vermont, USA
Death 15 Mar 1918 (aged 74)
Burlington, Chittenden County, Vermont, USA
Burial Burlington, Chittenden County, Vermont, USA
Plot Pine Area, Lot 6
Memorial ID 22664 View Source

Civil War Medal of Honor Recipient. Attended local schools. Rather than attend college opted to enlist in Company F, First Vermont Volunteer Cavalry, 1861. Had tried to enlist on five previous occasions but was turned down because of his youth. Took part in engagements at Middletown and Winchester, Virginia, May 24-25, 1862. Appointed regimental quartermaster sergeant, Ninth Vermont Volunteer Infantry, June 1862. With regiment when it was captured at Harper's Ferry, September 1862. Ninth Vermont was paroled and sent to Chicago, January 1863, after which it guarded Confederate prisoners. Commissioned Second Lieutenant, January 1863. In March 1863 regiment returned to Army of the Potomac and joined organization at siege of Suffolk, Virginia. Saw action at Yorktown and Gloucester Court House, July and August, 1863, and at Young's Crossroads, North Carolina, December 1863. On February 2, 1864 took part in engagement at Newport Barracks, North Carolina, for which he received Medal of Honor. Participated in several other battles and was promoted to captain. Wounded at Fort Harrison, Virginia, September 1864, but remained with his unit. Assumed temporary command of battalion in Ninth Vermont Volunteer Infantry. Appointed acting regimental quartermaster and adjutant, also served as assistant adjutant general, aide-de-camp and brigade quartermaster of Second Brigade, Second Division, Eighteenth Army Corps. Appointed captain and assistant quartermaster of First Brigade, Third Division, Twenty-fourth Army Corps, March 1865. Present at capture of Richmond, Virginia, and was among first to enter city after it fell. Mustered out, May 1865, having twice declined commissions in regular Army. Colonel and chief of staff, Governor John Stewart, 1870-72. Commander, First Infantry Regiment, Vermont National Guard. Married Agnes Louise Lesslie of Toronto, October 29, 1879. One child, author and poet Theodora Agnes Peck (1842-1964). Adjutant General, Vermont National Guard, 1881-1900. Active member, Grand Army of the Republic and Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion. Member, Society of the Army of the Potomac. Commander, Medal of Honor Legion of the United States. Member Sons of the American Revolution. Member, Vermont Society of Colonial Wars. Mason. Odd Fellow. Member, Knights of Pythias. Member, Ethan Allen Club, Algonquin Club of Burlington, Lake Champlain Yacht. Member, Board of Visitors, United States Military Academy.

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  • Added: 6 Jun 2001
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