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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1840

Vol. II

(Born N. Y.)​a1

Stewart Van Vliet

(Ap'd N. Y.)


Born July 21, 1815, Ferrisburg, VT.​a2

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1836, to July 1, 1840, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 3d Artillery, July 1, 1840.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1840; in the Florida War, 1840‑41, being engaged against the Seminole Indians in several skirmishes; at the Military Academy, as Asst. Professor of Mathematics, Sep. 20 to Nov. 15, 1841; in the Florida War, 1841‑42; in garrison at Ft. Pike, La., 1842, — Ft. Macon, N. C., 1842, — Savannah, Ga., 1843, —

(First Lieut., 3d Artillery, Nov. 19, 1843, to Dec. 24, 1853)

Ft. Moultrie, S. C., 1843‑44, — and Savannah, Ga., 1844‑46; in the War with Mexico, 1846‑47, being engaged in the Battle of Monterey, Sep. 21‑23, 1846, — Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — and as Quartermaster, 3d Artillery, Mar. 28 to June 4, 1847; and on Quartermaster

(Captain, Staff — Asst. Quartermaster, June 4, 1847)

duty, with Missouri Mounted Volunteers, building posts on the Oregon route, 1847‑51 (Ft. Kearny, Neb., 1847‑49, — and Ft. Laramie,  p31 Dak., 1849‑51), — St. Louis, Mo., 1851‑52, — Ft. Brown, Tex., 1852‑53, — Brazos Santiago, Tex., 1853‑54, — Ft. Brown, Tex., 1854‑55, — Sioux Expedition, Apr. 3, 1855, to July 17, 1856, being engaged in the Action of Blue Water, Sep. 3, 1855, — Special service in Utah, 1857, — New York city, 1857‑58, — and Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1858‑61.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: as Chief Quartermaster of the Army of the Potomac, Aug. 20, 1861, to July 10,

(Major, Staff — Quartermaster, Aug. 3, 1861,
for Fourteen Years' Service as Captain)

1862, — at Washington, D. C., Aug. 20, 1861, to Mar. 10, 1862, — in the

(Brig.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, Sep. 23, 1861, to July 17, 1862)

Virginia Peninsular Campaign, Mar. 10 to July 10, 1862, — and at New York city, July 17, 1862, to Mar. 31, 1867, furnishing supplies and transportation

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., Bvt. Colonel, and Bvt. Brig.‑General, U. S. Army, Oct. 28, 1864,
for Faithful and Meritorious Services during the Rebellion)

(Brig.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, Mar. 13, 1865)

(Bvt. Maj.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, Mar. 13, 1865,
for Faithful and Meritorious Services during the Rebellion)

(Bvt. Maj.‑General, U. S. Army, Mar. 13, 1865, for "Faithful and Distinguished Services in the Quartermaster's Department during the War")

to the Armies in the field.

Lieut.‑Col., Staff — Dep. Quartermaster-Gen., July 29, 1866.

Mustered out of Volunteer Service, Sep. 1, 1866.

Served: as Depot Quartermaster, at Baltimore, Md., Apr. 18, 1867, to May 13, 1869; in charge of Schuylkill Arsenal, Pa., May 13, 1869, and as Chief Quartermaster of the Division of the Atlantic, June 15, 1869, to June 1, 1872; on leave of absence, June 20 to Oct. 28, 1872; as Chief

(Colonel, Staff — Asst. Quartermaster-General, June 6, 1872)

Quartermaster of the Department of Missouri, Oct. 28, 1872, to July 13, 1875, — and of the Philadelphia Depot of Quartermaster's Stores, July 17 to Nov. 8, 1875; as Inspector of Quartermaster's Department, headquarters, Washington, D. C., Nov. 12, 1875, to Jan. 22, 1881; and as Member of Retiring Board, at Washington, D. C., Mar. 2 to May 9, 1879.

Retired from Active Service, Jan. 22, 1881, he being over 62 Years of Age.

Vol. IV
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Military History. — Retired officer, — residence, Shrewsbury, N. J.

Vol. V
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Military History. — Retired officer.

Died March 28, 1901, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 86.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1901, for an obituary notice, with a portrait.​b

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Thayer's Notes:

a1 a2 The contemporaneous obituary in The New York Times (see my next note) gives his birthplace as Ferrisburg, VT.

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b A pair of biographical summaries, less schematic than the Register's and bringing Gen. Van Vliet's contribution to American history into much better focus, is found on Michael Robert Patterson's site.

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