Peck, James Stevens
Age: 23, credited to Montpelier, VTVITALS
Birth: 12/06/1838, Montpelier, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Green Mount Cemetery, Montpelier, VT
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James S. Peck
James Stevens Peck
Was a native of Montpelier, Vt. His parents were William Nelson and Julia (Clark) Peck. His birth was on the 6th December 1838. His earlier education was gained at the Washington county grammar school and at Fort Edward, N. Y. In 1862 he enlisted in the 13th regiment Vermont volunteers and was elected lieutenant of Co. I., and later was made adjutant. At the battle of Gettysburgh he distinguished himself by his coolness and efficiency. Returning with his regiment in 1863, he re-enlisted in the fall of that year in the 17th Vermont volunteers, was appointed adjutant of the regiment, served with distinction throughout its career, and came home as brevet-major at the close of the war. He read law with Peck & Colby of Montpelier, and was admitted to the bar of Washington county in 1866. In 1868 he was appointed assistant adjutant and inspector general of the state, and in 1871 became adjutant and inspector general. This office he held with credit for ten years. In 1881 he resigned the office, having been appointed postmaster at Montpelier, which position he held at the time of his death.
Mr. Peck was one of the original members of the Reunion Society of Vermont Officers, and for seventeen years was secretary of the society. He was also assistant secretary of the state senate 1868-72, and for some years assistant U. S. district attorney.
He married 4 March 1869 Mary E. Blake of Montpelier. He died at Loon Lake, N. Y., 28 May 1884 at the age of forty-five years. The Burlington Free Press says of him: "General Peck was a brave soldier, an honorable and courteous gentleman, a capable and honest official, a genial companion and a staunch friend."
Source: University of Vermont Obituary Record, Compiled by a Committee of the Associate Alumni, No. 1, Burlingtom, 1895, pages 123-124.