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Wheelock Graves Veazey papers, 1853-1939
Veazey, Wheelock Graves, 1835-1898.
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Vermont Historical Society Library  Doc 99 (cont'd in Doc 100)  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Personal Author : Veazey, Wheelock Graves, 1835-1898.
Title : Wheelock Graves Veazey papers, 1853-1939 (bulk 1853-1894).
Physical Description : 2 linear ft. (2 boxes).
Summary :

Series I, personal papers, consists mainly of letters written by Veazey to his wife during his service in the Civil War. Many of the letters have been transcribed. Other documents include: Veazey's orations; his accounts of the Battle of Gettysburg; correspondence with Civil War historian G. G. Benedict; and part of an interview concerning Veazey's political ambitions.

Series II, official correspondence and legal papers, is principally made up of correspondence to Veazey in his capacity as an attorney. The bulk of this correspondence dates from the period 1874-1878 and includes correspondence concerning the Phair murder case in 1874. Correspondents include G. G. Benedict, J. S. Morrill, E. J. Ormsbee, E. J. Phelps, William M. Pingry, Luke P. Poland, Redfield Proctor, Stephen Thomas and Peter T. Washburn. Also, there is a sizable portion of documents dating from the Civil War, mainly consisting of official communications between Veazey and government officials, recruits and other officers. Of particular interest are Veazey's pocket diaries from 1861 and 1863.

Biographical or historical data :

Wheelock Graves Veazey was born in Brentwood, New Hampshire, on December 5, 1835. He was the youngest of ten children born to Jonathan Veazey, Jr. (1791-1860) and Annie (Stevens) Veazey (1793-1865). He received his primary education at Phillips Exeter Academy, and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1859. Veazey went on to study at the Law School at Albany, New York. He began his law practice in Springfield, Vermont, in 1860. He married Julia A. Beard, daughter of the Hon. Albin Beard and Julia A. (Crooker) Beard, of Nashua, New Hampshire.

Veazey enlisted in Company A of the Third Vermont Infantry Regiment on May 21, 1861 and was given the rank of captain. He was soon promoted to major and then lieutenant colonel. On September 27, 1862, he was commissioned as colonel and took command of the Sixteenth Vermont Infantry Regiment where he remained until August 1863 when the regiment was mustered out.

Colonel Veazey is best remembered for the role his Sixteenth Regiment played at the Battle of Gettysburg. On the third and final day of that battle, Veazey's men were instrumental in defeating the final thrust towards victory of the Confederate rebels. For his service rendered at Gettysburg, Veazey was awarded the Medal of Honor.

On returning to Vermont, Veazey resumed his practice of law in Springfield, and later in Rutland, until 1879. For two years, 1872 and 1873, Veazey held a State Senate seat from Rutland County. In 1878, Veazey and C. W. Willard were appointed commissioners by Governor Redfield Proctor to revise the laws of the State of Vermont. The revision was adopted by the legislature in 1880. In 1879, Veazey was appointed Judge of the Supreme Court of Vermont, a position he retained through successive elections for ten years. He resigned from the Court in 1889 to accept an appointment from President Benjamin Harrison as a member of the Board of Interstate Commerce Commissioners.

Colonel Wheelock Veazey died in Washington, D.C., on March 22, 1898. The Veazeys had four children, two of whom lived to adulthood: Anne Gettysburg Walton (1863-1926) and Albin Beard Veazey, who died in 1936.

Related Collections : The VHS collections also include a broadside with a photo of Veazey surrounded by military insignia, Veazey's service record, an American eagle, and the state seal (Bside B B/V486).
Corporate Subject : United States. Army. Vermont Infantry Regiment, 3rd 1861-1865.
United States. Army. Vermont Infantry Regiment, 16th 1862-1863
United States. Army Recruiting, enlistment, etc. Civil War, 1861-1865.
Subject Term : Gettysburg, Battle of, Gettysburg, Pa., 1863.
Murder Vermont Rutland.
Soldiers Vermont Correspondence.
Geographic Term : Vermont History Civil War, 1861-1865 Personal narratives.
Vermont Politics and government.
Springfield (Vt.) Archival resources.
Rutland (Vt.) Archival resources.
Genre/Form : Correspondence.
Occupation : Lawyers
Local Subject : Phair murder case.
Added Author : Benedict, G. G. (George Grenville), 1826-1907.
Morrill, Justin S. (Justin Smith), 1810-1898.
Ormsbee, Ebenezer Jolls, 1834-1924.
Phelps, Edward J.
Pingry, William M. (William Morrill), 1806-1885.
Poland, Luke P. (Luke Potter), 1815-1887.
Proctor, Redfield, 1831-1908.
Thomas, Stephen, 1809-1903.
Washburn, Peter T. (Peter Thacher), 1814-1870.
Electronic Resource : Click here for transcripts and scans of Civil War letters.
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