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Benedict, George Grenville


Age: 35, credited to Burlington, VT
Unit(s): 12th VT INF
Service: enl 8/23/62, m/i 10/4/62, Pvt, Co. C, 12th VT INF, pr 2LT, Co. C, 1/23/63 (2/24/63), ADC to BGen Stannard, 2nd Vt. Bgd, m/o 7/14/63 (Medal of Honor) [College: UVM 47/50]

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Birth: 12/10/1826, Burlington, VT
Death: 04/08/1907

Burial: Greenmount Cemetery, Burlington, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Kathy Valloch
Findagrave Memorial #: 21270


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 12/3/1904, VT; widow Katherine A., 5/21/1908, VT
Portrait?: Gibson Collection, Guber Collection off-site, VHS Collections
College?: UVM 47, 50
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: Author of several books and articles, see Library Listing


Great Grandfather of Edward M. Copps, St. Marys, GA

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Greenmount Cemetery, Burlington, VT

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This soldier was awarded the Medal of Honor

George Grenville Benedict
Vermont's Military Historian

Rank and Organization: 2d Lieut., Co. C, 12th Vermont Infantry.
Place and date: Gettysburg, PA, 3 Jul 1863.
Entered service at: Burlington.
Born: 10 Dec 1826, Burlington.
8 Apr 1907, Camden, NC
Buried: Greenmount Cemetery, Burlington, VT
Date of Issue: 27 Jul 1892.
Citation: Passed through a murderous fire of grape and canister in delivering orders and re-formed the crowded lines.


VHS - Reunion Society Collection


John Gibson Collection


Mike Serpa Collection

Benedict, George Granville (sic), son of George Wyllys and Eliza (Dewey) Benedict, was born in Burlington, Dec. 26, 1826.

Mr. G. G. Benedict prepared for matriculation at college in the academy at Burlington, entered the University of Vermont and graduated with honors in 1847, receiving the degree of Master of Arts in 1850. In 1865 he was elected member of the corporation of the university and was also appointed its secretary.

Subsequent to his graduation Mr. Benedict taught in the city of New York for about twelve months, and for the three following years was employed in building the lines of the Vermont & Boston Telegraph Co. In 1853 he acquired a proprietary interest in the daily and weekly Burlington Free Press, became associate editor, and is now editor-in-chief of the same paper. He was also postmaster of Burlington and president of the Vermont & Boston Telegraph Co. from 1860 to 1864.

In August, 1862, he enlisted as a private in Co. C, 12th Regiment, Vermont Volunteer Militia. In January, 1863, he was promoted to a lieutenant, and later was appointed aide-camp on the staff of Gen. George J. Stannard, commanding the 2d brigade of Vt. Vols. At the expiration of Lieutenant Benedict's term of service he was honorably discharged on the 14th of July, 1863. In 1865 he held the office of assistant inspector general with the rank of major.

In 1866 he was appointed aid-de-camp on the staff of Gov. Paul Dillingham, with the rank of colonel. In 1869 he was elected to the state Senate from Chittenden County, and served in the committees on education and military affairs. Re-elected to the same body in the following year, he served therein as chairman of the committee on education and in the committee on military affairs.

In civil life Colonel Benedict also served as director of the old Farmers' and Mechanics' Bank. Very appropriately, too, in view of his antecedents, he has been corresponding secretary of the Vermont Historical Society for a long series of years. In 1879 Colonel Benedict was appointed by Governor Proctor state military historian to prepare a history of the part taken by Vermont in the war for the Union, which work he did with painstaking care and great literary ability.

He was married on the 27th of October, 1853, to Mary Anne, daughter of Edward and Abigail Frances (Warner) Kellogg of Canaan, N. Y. One daughter was the issue of this union. Mrs. Benedict died on the 9th of November, 1857. Mr. Benedict married as his second wife on the 22d of December, 1864, Catherine Almira, daughter of the Rev. Alvin Pease, D. D., and Martha (Howes) Pease of Rochester, N. Y. A daughter, who died in infancy, and one son were the fruits of his second marriage.

Source: Jacob G. Ullery, compiler, Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, (Transcript Publishing Company, Brattleboro, VT, 1894), Part II, p. 25.

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NARA File Number: R&P 299664.