George Benedict (George Grenville Benedict)

George Benedict

George Benedict was born on 10 December 1826 in Burlington, Vermont. He entered the University of Vermont and graduated with honors in 1847, receiving the degree of Master of Arts in 1850. While a student he became a member of the Sigma Phi Society as well as the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He was married on the 27th of October 1853 to Mary Anne, the daughter of Edward and Abigail Frances Kellogg of New Canaan, NY. He was editor of and publisher The Burlington Daily Free Press in Burlington, Vermont. Further: he severed as the president of the Vermont & Boston Telegraph Company from 1859 to 1863; was elected by the people of Chittenden county as a member of the Vermont Senate 1869-71; and served as the secretary of the Corporation of the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College from 1865 to 1879. He was selected as a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1880. Also in 1880, Benedict was elected to the University of Vermont Board of Trustees. George Benedict enlisted into the 12th Vermont Infantry at Burlington in August 1862. On the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg, he was among a group of men involved in the successful flank attack on Pickett’s Charge, for which he gained the Medal of Honor. In 1863, he was promoted to a lieutenant, and later appointed aid-de-camp on the staff of Gen. George J. Standard, commanding the 2nd Brigade of Vermont Volunteers. By 1865, he held the office of assistant inspector general with the rank of major. Rising again in 1866, Benedict was appointed aide-de-camp to Governor Paul Dillingham with the rank of colonel. Colonel Benedict was appointed to be military historian of the State of Vermont by Governor Redfield Proctor in 1879. During his nine-month stint in the army, George Benedict wrote back letters to the newspaper, The Burlington Daily Free Press, for publishing. After the war he later compiled these letters into a two-volume work Vermont in the Civil War: A History of the Part Taken by the Vermont Soldiers and Sailors in the War for the Union 1861-1865 in 1866. In 1895 he also published Army Life in Virginia: Letters from the Twelfth Vermont Regiment and Personal Experiences of Volunteer Service in the War for the Union 1862-1863.

More Images

  • benedictgeorgeg -

Born

  • December, 10, 1826
  • USA
  • Burlington, Vermont

Died

  • April, 08, 1907
  • USA
  • Burlington, Vermont

Cemetery

  • Greenmount Cemetery
  • Burlington, Vermont
  • USA

1576 profile views