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Peck, James Stevens


Age: 23, credited to Montpelier, VT
Unit(s): 13th VT INF, 17th VT INF
Service: comn 2LT, Co. I, 13th VT INF, 9/23/62 (10/4/62), pr Adjutant 1/22/63 (2/2/63), m/o 7/21/63; enl 12/23/63, m/i 3/3/64, Pvt Co. C, 17th VT INF, comn Adjutant 4/12/64 (7/14/64), comn MAJ 7/10/65 (7/20/65), m/o 7/14/65 as Adjutant [College: UVM 60]

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Birth: 12/06/1838, Montpelier, VT
Death: 05/28/1884

Burial: Green Mount Cemetery, Montpelier, VT
Marker/Plot: Lot 415
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Kathy Valloch
Findagrave Memorial #: 13770524


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 3/17/1879; widow Mary B., 6/5/1884, VT
Portrait?: VHS Collections, 13th History
College?: UVM 60
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: 13th Vt. History off-site


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Green Mount Cemetery, Montpelier, VT

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VHS - Reunion Society Collection

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Lieut. Col. Brown, Col. Randall, Major Clark.


Surg. Nichols, Adjt. Peck, Q.M. Taylor.

(Sturtevant's Pictorial History, Thirteenth Regiment, Vermont Volunteers, War of 1861-1865)


SECOND LIEUTENANT JAMES S. PECK served with the company as sergeant and lieutenant and was promoted adjutant January 22, 1863, and served in that capacity during the remainder of our term of service. He re-enlisted and was major of the 17th Regiment. No better or braver officer ever served in any war. We all loved Jim Peck. After the Civil War he was Adjutant General of the state and was prominent in state affairs and from the effect of the service he died May 28, 1884, at Loon Lake, N. Y., of consumption. Buried in Green Mount Cemetery, Montpelier, Vt.

Source: Sturtevant's Pictorial History, Thirteenth Regiment, Vermont Volunteers, War of 1861-1865, p. 672


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, Burlington, 1895, pages 123-124.



Boston, May 28, - General James S. Peck, Postmaster of Montpelier, Vermont dropped dead at Leon Lake in the Adirondack Mountains this morning. He was there for his health. He was subject to severe hemorrhages. General Peck was born in 1840. He was the oldest son of W. N. Peck of Montpelier. He enlisted in Company I, 13th regiment, Vermont Volunteers, on August 26, 1862 as Second Lieutenant, was promoted to be Adjutant January, 1863, and held the office until discharged on July 21, 1863. At the close of the war he was appointed Adjutant General of the State militia and held the office until his appointment as Postmaster at Montpelier at the opening of the Garfield administration. He was secretary of the Vermont State Officers Reunion Association from its organization until 1882, when he was elected president, holding the office at his death.

Source: New York Herald Tribune, May 29, 1884
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.