February 2012 VFW newsletter in Burlington, VT
"A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE ADJUTANT GENERAL IN VERMONT
by Maj William McKern Vt. National Guard
JAMES STEVENS PECK 1872-1881
Wells' sucessor was another Civil War Veteran, James S. Peck. Born in Montpelier in 1838, he graduated from the University of Vermont in 1860 and studied law. In 1862 he was commissioned a second lieutenant in Company I 13th Vermont Infantry. After the 13th completed its service and was mustered out, Peck joined the 17th Vermont Infantry and advanced through the ranks to become regimental adjutant with the rank of major, earning comendations for his bravery at Gettysburg, Wilderness, Cold Harbor and Petersburg. After the war Peck was admitted to the bar and established a practice in Montpelier, also serving as Assistant US Attorney for Vermont from 1868-1872. He was also an advocate of allowing women to vote, serving on the executive committee of the Woman Suffrage Association. He was assistant adjutant general for two years before coming adjutant general in 1872, and he served until 1881, when he resigned because of ill health brought on by his Civil War service. Peck's time as head of Vermont Militias was marked by his continuation of General Wells' efforts to obtain benefits for Civil War veterans, and he was an original member of the Reunion Soceity of Vt. Officers, serving as both its secretary and president. After retiring as adjutant general he was appointed Montpelier's postmaster. Gen. Peck died in 1884 while vacationing in Loon Lake, New York, and was buried in Monpelier's Green Mount Cemetery."
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