Grand Army of the Republic
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.
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.
Final Journal of the Grand Army of the Republic, 1957. Compiled by Cora Gillis, Jamestown, New York, Past National President, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865, Inc. and last National Secretary of the Grand Army of the Republic.
Lorraine Orton, Past Department President
Woman's Relief Corps, Aux. to GAR
Camillus, New York
November 25, 1999