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George Bacheler Peck, U.S.V.
Lieutenant George Bacheler Peck, U.S.V.
Lieutenant George Bacheler Peck, eldest son of George B. (deceased) and
Ann Power Smith Peck, was born at Providence, R. I., August 12, 1843. His
general education was received in the public schools of that city and in
Brown University, which institution bestowed upon him a civil engineer's
diploma January 21, 1864, the degree of Bachelor of Arts September 7,
1864, and that of Master three years later. He was mustered conditionally
upon raising a company on December 13, 1864, as second lieutenant Company
G, Second Regiment Rhode Island Volunteers; was on recruiting service
about a month, and at the draft rendezvous, more generally known as the
Conscript Camp, at New Haven, Connecticut, two months. With his men he
reported for duty before Petersburg in the Third Brigade, First Division,
Sixth Corps, March 17, 1865. He participated in the closing events of that
siege and in the pursuit of Lee, receiving a bullet wound, four inches
long, through his left side, near the hip, at Sailor's Creek. He rejoined
his regiment before Washington as soon as he could walk without crutches,
but on account of poor health he resigned, and was honorably discharged
July 5, 1865, reaching his home just a week before his comrades. No
pension has been applied for.
In March, 1863, Peck enrolled himself as private in the Providence Marine
Corps of Artillery, at one time widely known as (Governor) "Sprague's
Battery," the mother of Rhode Island's light batteries. This organization
was chartered in 1801 for the sea-coast defense, but appeared at brigade
training October 17, 1847, with modern equipments, the first light battery
ever organized in the United States outside the regular army. Its
excursion to Boston in 1852 prompted the formation of the First
Massachusetts Battery, then of others throughout the country. Peck
remained an active member eight years, occupying nearly every position to
that of major, which commission he held the last two. He has been adjutant
and ex-officio necrologist of its Veteran Association for the past
||After four years in his father's
office-wholesale and retail coal and wood- Mr. Peck spent a full
year at the Hahnemann College of Philadelphia in the study of
medicine, and an equal time at Yale, receiving his doctorate in
1871. He passed the ensuing year at the Sheffield Scientific School,
and the two succeeding at the Naval Torpedo Station, Newport, as
assistant chemist. In the fall of 1874 he was in charge of the
chemical department of the University of Vermont during an illness
of Professor Peter Collier. He commenced the practice of medicine
June 1, 1875, and has prosecuted it unremittingly, having taken but
a single vacation unconnected with work an eight-weeks' California
trip-in all the subsequent years.
He was secretary of the Rhode Island Homoeopathic Society seven
years, vice-president and president each two; is now treasurer.
Since joining, in 1879, the American Institute of Homoeopathy, the
oldest national medical society in the United States, he has
presided over the deliberations of its Bureau of Obstetrics five
He is an honorary member of the New York State Homoeopathic Medical
Society, and was two years vice-president of the Western Massachusetts
Society. He has been admitting physician and a trustee of the Homoeopathic
Hospital since its opening, declining other, positions as likely to
curtail his general usefulness. He was surgeon of the Battalion of Light
Artillery, Division of Rhode Island Militia, from 1876 to its disbandment
in 1879. He is fulfilling his sixth year as surgeon of Prescott Post, No.
1, Grand Army of the Republic, which he assisted in organizing. He also
holds membership in the Massachusetts Commandery of the Loyal Legion and
the Yale Medical Society.
Dr. Peck is passing his twelfth year on the Providence School Committee,
and his sixteenth on the Board of the Baptist State Convention. He served
ten years as clerk of the Narragansett Baptist Association, and was
afterwards chosen moderator, the first layman to be accorded the office in
that section of the country. He is president of the Rhode Island Soldiers'
and Sailors' Historical Society, after three years in its vice-presidency.
As a Freemason he is enrolled in the What Cheer Lodge of Providence, the
Washington Commandery of Newport, and the Rhode Island Consistory, 32°.
From 1868 to 1875 he contributed frequently to the Providence journal.
Since then his writings have been chiefly professional. He is unmarried,
and resides with his mother, in the house built by his grandfather, where
himself and father were born.
Source: Officers of the Volunteer Army and Navy who
served in the Civil War, published by L.R. Hamersly & Co., 1893, 419
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