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Peck, Cassius


Age: 20, credited to Brookfield, VT
Unit(s): 1st USSS
Service: enl 9/11/61, m/i 9/11/61, PVT, Co. F, 1st USSS, pr CPL 12/1/62, pr SGT 5/1/63, m/o 9/12/64 (Medal of Honor)

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Birth: 03/03/1842, Brookfield, VT
Death: 07/12/1913

Burial: New Cemetery, Brookfield, VT
Marker/Plot: Section 2, Lot 7
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Joe Schenkman
Findagrave Memorial #: 22724


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Unknown
Portrait?: Findagrave
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


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New Cemetery, Brookfield, VT

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Medal of Honor

This soldier was awarded the Medal of Honor

Cassius Peck

Rank and Organization: Private, Co. F, 1st U.S. Sharpshooters.
Place and date: Near Blackburn's Ford, VA, 19 Sep 1862.
Entered service at: Brookfield.
Born: 3 Mar 1842, Brookfield.
Died: 12 Jul 1913.
Buried: New Cemetery, Brookfield, VT
Date of Issue: 12 Oct 1892.
Citation: Took command of such soldiers as he could get and attacked and captured a Confederate battery of 4 guns. Also, while on a reconnaissance, overtook and captured a Confederate soldier.


(Carleton, opposite p. 272)


PECK, Cassius, Burlington. Farmer. Born Brookfield, March 3, 1842; son of Reuben and Hannah G. (Edson) Peck. Educated in the public schools, Newbury Seminary, and West Randolph Academy. In 1868 married Luna Arnold Sprague of Brookfield; she died 1901; they had eleven children, those living being Jennie May (Mrs. A. M. Flint) Thomaston, Conn.; Cassius Reuben of Marshfield, Ore.; Marcus R., Seattle, Wash.; Mildred S., Burlington; Arthur K., Marshfield, Ore.; Bessie F., Burlington; those deceased, Mary Aurelia, Luna Almedia, Marshall Knowlton, Florence and Edith Hannah; in 1905 he married Alice M. Gaylord of Brookfield. After the war, Mr. Peck spent one and one-half years in the West; returning, settled on the home farm in Brookfield, remaining until 1897, when he removed to Burington as superintendent of the experiment farm and of the buildings and grounds of the State Agricultural College, which office he still holds [1912]. Enlisted Sept. 12, 1861, as private in Co. F, 1st U. S. (Berdan) Sharpshooters, serving three years; promoted to sergeant; mustered out Sept. 12, 1864. Received medal of honor by order of act of Congress for bravery (Sept. 19, 1862) for crossing the Potomac and charging Confederate battery. Is a Republican; represented Brookfield in the Legislature 1882 and 1886; senator from Orange County 1896. A Congregationalist, Member of Mystic Star Lodge No. 97, F. & A. M.; Henry F. Freeman Post No. 98, GAR; and Algonquin Club of Burlington.

Source: Prentiss C. Dodge, Encyclopedia Vermont Biography, (Ullery Publishing Company, Burlington, Vt., 1912), p. 284.

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NARA File Number: R&P 340943.



Honorable Cassius Peck, superintendent of Vermont State agricultural college farm, died at his home in Burlington at 12; 15 o'clock Saturday morning from a long illness. Death followed a general breaking down, and he had been confined to the house most of the time since April.

Cassius Peck was 71 years of age, having been born March 3, 1842, at Brookfield. His parents were Reuben and Hannah B. Peck. His life was one of service and responsibility in a large way, as is witnessed by many positions of trust which he had held, and by his three terms as a member of the general assembly.

His education was obtained at Newbury seminary, which was later removed to Montpelier and named Montpelier seminary, and at West Randolph Academy. He enlisted Sept. 11, 1861, Company F., 1st United States Sharpshooters, was promoted to corporal December 1, 1862, to be sergeant May 1, 1863, and was mustered out September 12, 1864.

In 1882 and 1886 he was elected to the House of Representatives, where he served as chairman of the committee on highways, bridges, and ferries; in 1896 he was Senator from Orange County and chairman of the Senate Committee on Military affairs. He came to Burlington in 1897 to assume the position he held until his death.

He was twice married; in 1868 to Luna Arnold Sprague, who died in 1901, and in 1905 to Alice Gaylor, who died in 1912. Both women were from Brookfield. He is survived by six children: Cassius R. and Arthur K. from Marshall, Ore., Marcus R. of Seattle, Wash, Mrs. Arthur M. Flint of Thomaston, Conn. the Misses Bessie and Mildred of Burlington. The funeral was held Monday morning with burial in Brookfield.

Source: Middlebury Register, July 18, 1913
Courtesy of Deanna French

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