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Kendall, Peleg Redford


Age: 15, credited to Coventry, VT
Unit(s): 11th VT INF
Service: enl 7/8/63, m/i 10/9/63, Pvt, Co. L, 11th VT INF, MSCN, tr to Co. C 6/24/65, pr CPL 8/1/65, m/o 8/25/65

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Birth: 11/24/1848, Coventry, VT
Death: 03/09/1891

Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, Rutland, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Jennifer Snoots
Findagrave Memorial #: 61586052


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 1/5/1888, VT; widow Helen E., 4/28/1891, VT
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
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: None

Webmaster's Note: The 11th Vermont Infantry was also known as the 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery; the names were used interchangably for most of its career


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Evergreen Cemetery, Rutland, VT

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Peleg R. Kendall

Rutland Daily Herald, March 10, 1891:

Rutland lost one of the most popular and promising of its young lawyers in the death at 7:30 o'clock yesterday morning of P.R. Kendall at his house on North Main street. The cause of his death was an effusion of blood upon the brain, otherwise called a cerebral hemorrhage. The attack came at about 11 o'clock Sunday forenoon, and Mr. Kendall never regained consciousness. He had been confined to the house two days by an illness which was given little attention and was at the time in bed and Mrs. Perry, his wife's mother, was reading to him. She noticed a sudden change in his appearance, spoke to him and received some answer, but upon speaking again got no response and immediately sent for a physician. Dr. Gilchrist and Dr. Pond soon reached the house, but could do little. Mr. Kendall lay in a stupor, with slight respiration, and only changed as the stupor grew heavier until the end came. Peleg Redfield Kendall was born in Coventry November 24, 1848. His father was a practicing physician in the town and his mother was a sister of the late Judge Timothy P. Redfield. He enlisted July 8, 1863, in Capt. Safford's company of the 11th Vermont volunteers (company L, First Vermont heavy artillery0 as a musician and was mustered into service October 9 of the same year. He was transferred to company C June 24, 1865, and promoted to position as corporal August 1, 1865, when he was under 17 years of age. He was mustered out of service with his regiment August 25, 1865. He was a member of Roberts post, G.A.R., in Rutland, interested in its welfare and generous towards its charities.

After the war, Mr. Kendall entered Dartmouth college, and graduated in 1871. He studied law with his uncle, Judge Redfield, and was admitted to the bar in September 1873. He began practice in Barton, but in 1875 came to Rutland, where he has since followed his profession. He was elected state's attorney in 1884, has been village attorney and justice of the peace, and was at his death treasurer of the school board.

Mr. Kendall was successful in the practice of his profession, with scholarly tastes and a fine manner, was exceptionally popular in a social way, and was highly esteemed upon all hands. For more than a year his friends have been made anxious by an unfortunate affection of his health, which was perhaps the premonition of the final attack, but he had been about much as usual until the end of last week.

Mr. Kendall married a daughter of Amos Perry of Rhode Island, who, with one child, survives him. Mrs. Kendall was in Rhode Island at the time of the attack, and arrived here yesterday afternoon.

Courtesy of Jennifer Snoots.



By Hon. Timothy P. Redfield.

PELEG REDFIELD KENDALL was the son of Dr. Samuel S. and Sarah Abby Redfield Kendall, and was born at Coventry, Vt., November 24, 1848. He was an apt and ready scholar. He made creditable progress in the common schools in education,and was page in the house of representatives during the session of 1860. During the war the call and clangor "to arms" so stirred his young blood that he enlisted as a soldier in 1863, and was mustered in as corporal in Co. L of the 11th Vermont Volunteers, and served until August, 1865. When he came home from the war his instincts and aspirations gravitated towards college life, and he fitted for college in the academies at Barton, Peacham, and under Mr. Gorham at Montpelier. He entered Dartmouth College in the class of 1867, and graduated with his class in the summer of 1871. He studied the profession of law in the office of Edwards & Dickerman at Newport, and was admitted to the bar at the September term, 1873, of Orleans county court, and opened an office for practice at Barton Landing. After about two years he removed to Rutland, where he continues to reside in the practice of his profession. He was state's attorney for Rutland county from 1884 to 1886. His residence in Rutland necessarily threw him into new relations to the bar, and into practice with veterans who were among the leading lawyers of the state. This brought to his mind new suggestions and new incentives, and he resolved, so far as in him lay, to make himself a good lawyer, and not be content with the rough and tumble chances in the tilt of the profession. He knew in that profession that success or eminence was not attained by favor or chance, but, as a rule, is won, if at all, by industry and hard work. He purchased a well selected library, in which he studied the origin and sources of the common law of England, and especially the axioms and principles that equity practice had engrafted upon it; and by careful study equipped himself for useful and successful practice.

A very brilliant scholar, a graduate of his Alma Mater, wrote in his classical text books the words, as a guiding motto, "Attius ibunt qui summa ninunter," which in the vernacular would indicate that in climbing the hill they reach the highest who strive for the summit.

He learned that the true and best service of the advocate was by careful study to understand the case himself, and thus by a brief statement of the facts of the case, and the law involved in it, the court would see that he was master of it, and in a condition to aid the court or jury in solving the problems of the case to be tried, and as he became useful to the court, he was also to his client.

As state's attorney for the great county of Rutland, he was called upon to examine and try many cases of great importance, as well to the parties involved as to the public, and requiring discrimination and legal tact. In that he has been successful, and won the confidence of the court and of the public.

There is now open to him a broad field, somewhat sterile for legal plants—with the assured prospect, if he is laborious and avoids politics—of attaining in his profession, in the end, success and distinction.

Source: Frederick W. Baldwin, Biography of the Bar of Orleans County, Vermont, (Vermont Watchman and State Journal Press, Montpelier, 1886), pp. 269-271.