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b. 22/03/1848 Burlington, Vermont.  d. 15/03/1918 Burlington, Vermont.

 

DATE OF MOH ACTION: 02/02/1864 Newport Barracks, North Carolina.

 

In 1861 he applied for military service a fifth time and was appointed a private in Company F, 1st Vermont Volunteer Cavalry.

 

He took part in engagements at Middletown and Winchester, Virginia, in May, 1862. In June, 1862 he was appointed regimental quartermaster sergeant of the 9th Vermont Volunteer Infantry. He was with the regiment when it was captured at Harper's Ferry in September, 1862. The 9th Vermont was paroled and sent to Chicago in January, 1863, after which it guarded Confederate prisoners.

 

Peck accepted a commission as a second lieutenant in January, 1863. In March, 1863 the regiment returned to Army of the Potomac and joined the siege of Suffolk, Virginia. In July and August, 1863 Peck saw action at Yorktown and Gloucester Court House, and he was involved in combat at Young's Crossroads, North Carolina in December, 1863. On February 2, 1864 he took part in an engagement at Newport Barracks, North Carolina, for which he received Medal of Honor. He participated in several other battles throughout 1864 and was promoted to captain. He was wounded at Fort Harrison, Virginia in September, 1864, but remained with his unit.

 

In late 1864 and early 1865 Peck assumed temporary command of a battalion in the 9th Vermont, and was then appointed acting regimental quartermaster and adjutant. In late 1864 he also served in New York City as part of a force sent to prevent civil unrest during that year’s presidential election. He then moved to 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, XVIII Army Corps, serving as assistant adjutant general, aide-de-camp and brigade quartermaster. In March, 1865 he was appointed assistant quartermaster of 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, XXIV Army Corps. He was present at the capture of Richmond, and was among first to enter city after it fell. Peck was mustered out in May 1865, having twice declined commissions in the regular Army.

 

MOH CITATION:

 

By long and persistent resistance and burning the bridges, kept a superior force of the enemy at bay and covered the retreat of the garrison.

 

BURIAL LOCATION: LAKEVIEW CEMETERY, BURLINGTON, VERMONT.

Pine Area, Lot 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Theodore Safford Peck

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