Sheldon Peck

BirthJuly 27, 1844
DeathFeb. 22, 1932
CemeteryBlair (Blair)
PostDix (Blair)
Unit6th Iowa Cavalry, Company I

Private Sheldon Peck

Company I, 6th Iowa Cavalry

Peck was born in Pawlett (Rutland County), Vermont on July 27, 1844. He was living in Tama County, Iowa when he enlisted in the regiment on September 27, 1862. Peck was mustered in on February 2, 1863 and served about 32 months. He was mustered out of the unit on October 17, 1865 at Sioux City.

The 6th Iowa Cavalry was organized at Davenport, Iowa between January 31 and March 5, 1863. The unit was assigned to General Sully’s Expedition against hostile Sioux Indians in the Dakota Territory between August 13 and September 11, 1863. During 2 days of fighting (September 3 and 5, 1863) the regiment lost 11 soldiers and 18 were wounded at the Battle of White Stone Hill (ND).

Peck died on February 22, 1932 at the age of 87 years. He is buried in the Blair Cemetery in Blair (Washington County), Nebraska. He was the last member of the Dix Post (#52) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Blair.

The “Find-a-Grave” website provides an excellent recap of Peck’s life. Comments from the recap include:

Along with his family, Peck moved to Tama County, Iowa in 1855.

Peck married Elizabeth Loomis in 1867. The couple parented 8 children.

Peck moved to Washington County in 1879 and farmed in the area.

He attended numerous national encampments of the Grand Army of the Republic.

Doc – Peck(6IOWA).doc

Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.