Vermont Rifleman by: William Ripley


Vermont Riflemen in the War for the Union-A History of Company F: by William Y.W. Ripley  Rutland: Tuttle & Co. 1883.

This copy SIGNED by the author and inscribed as a gift to Colonel Wheelock (W. G.) Veazey, who commanded the 16th Vermont at Cemetery Hill. Both are Medal of Honor Winners.

Rank and organization
: Lieutenant Colonel, 1st U.S. Sharpshooters.
Place and date: At Malvern Hill, Va., 1 July 1862.
Entered service at: Rutland, Vt.
Birth: Dec. 31, 1832
Death: Nov. 16, 1905
Burial:Evergreen Cemetery, Rutland, Rutland County Vermont, USA
Plot: Block 27, Lot 22
Date of issue: 11 March 1893.
Citation: At a critical moment brought up two regiments, which he led against the enemy himself, being severely wounded.

Served in the Civil War as Lieutenant Colonel of the 1st United States Sharpshooters


Rank and organization: Colonel, 16th Vermont Infantry.
Place and date: At Gettysburg, Pa., 3 July 1863.
Entered service at: Springfield, Vt. Born: 5 December 1835, Brentwood, N.H
Birth: Dec. 5, 1835
Death: Mar. 22, 1898
Burial: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington (Arlington County)
Arlington County Virginia, USA Plot: Section 2, Grave 1026
Date of issue: 8 September 1891.
Citation: Rapidly assembled his regiment and charged the enemy's flank; charged front under heavy fire, and charged and destroyed a Confederate brigade, all this with new troops in their first battle.

Wheelock G. Veazey, the 19th Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, was born in Brentwood, New Hampshire, December 15, 1835. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1859 and in May of 1861 he enlisted as a Private in Company A, 3rd Vermont Volunteers. He was promoted to Captain and then Major and Lieutenant Colonel. On September 27, 1862, he became Colonel of the 16th Regiment Vermont Volunteers. He was mustered out of service in August 1863.

He resumed the practice of law in August 1863 and served as a reporter of the Supreme Court of Vermone in 1864-72. He was a Judge of the State Supreme Court from 1879 to 1889 and a member of the Interstate Commerce Commission from 1889 to 1897.

He aided in the founding of the Grand Army of the Republic in Vermont and was Commander in Chief of the GAR in 1890.

Failing health prevented return to service. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for distinguished gallantry at the Battle of Gettysburg. In 1890 he was elected Commander-in-Chief. He passed away at Washington, D.C. on March 22, 1898. He was buried at Arlington. Note: The Benington Museum in Bennington, Vermont, has his frock coat and other items on display.

Wheelock Graves Veazey- graduated from Dartmouth University a well educated man. He enlisted as a private and was elected Captain of Co.A,2nd VT Volunteers. He served on the court-martial board of Pvt.William Scott(the famous "sleeping sentiniel). He was given command of the 16th VT. on August 23,1862. He fought Mosby/w Stuart at Christmas of '62 and in March '63. In March, the 16th's brigade commander was snatched from his bed by Mosby. In the march to Gettysburg the men marched 18 miles a day, not bad for "paper-collars"(term used to define a educated, unfought man). On July 3rd, Veazeys regiment(ordered by Stannard, not Hancock) was sent to flank the Kemeprs brigade(24th VA). When Lang's men came in range, Veazey changed front and charged Lang's flank(2nd FL) as well. They ended up capturing the 2nd FL,8th VA and a flag of another regiment(probably 5th FL). Veazey was given a MOH on "behalf of the entire regiment".