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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1847

Vol. II

(Born N. Y.)

Egbert L. Viele

(Ap'd N. Y.)


Egbert Ludovicus Viele: Born June 17, 1825.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1842, to July 1, 1847, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 2d Infantry, July 1, 1847.

Served: in the War with Mexico, 1847‑48, at the City of Mexico; on

(Second Lieut., 1st Infantry, Sep. 8, 1847)

frontier duty at Ringgold Barracks, Tex., 1848‑49, — Ft. McIntosh, Tex., 1849‑50, — and Ringgold Barracks, Tex., 1851‑52; and on leave of

(First Lieut., 1st Infantry, Oct. 26, 1850)

absence, 1852‑53.

Resigned, June 1, 1853.

Civil History. — Civil Engineer, 1853‑61. State Topographical Engineer of New Jersey, 1854‑57. Engineer-in‑Chief of "Central Park," New York city, 1857‑58; and of Prospect Park, Brooklyn, N. Y., 1860‑61.

Military History. — Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑63: in command of a Volunteer Force, May to June, 1861, and as Captain of Engineers in 7th New York Militia, Aug., 1861, in

(Brig.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, Aug. 17, 1861)

Defense of Washington, D. C.; in command of a Camp of Instruction, near New York, Sep., 1861; on South Atlantic Expedition and in command of the forces in Savannah River, above Ft. Pulaski, Apr. to May, 1862; in the Department of Virginia, May 10, 1862, to Oct., 1863, being engaged in the March upon Norfolk, Va., May 10, 1862, and Occupation of the City, May, 1862, to Oct., 1863, being its Military Governor, May 10, 1862, to Oct., 1863; and in Superintending Draft in Northern Ohio, 1863.

Resigned, Oct. 20, 1863.

Civil History. — Civil Engineer, since 1863. Projector of New York "Girdle Elevated Railroad," 1867. Chief Engineer of Pittsburg, Buffalo, and Rochester projected Railroad, 1871; and Consulting Engineer of the proposed New York and Chicago Railroad, 1872. Author of various papers and addresses on Topography, Parks, Markets, Health, Sewerage, Drainage, Mineral Resources, etc., 1863‑78. Park Commissioner of the city of New York, Jan. 10, 1883, to Dec. 31, 1884. Member of the U. S. House of Representatives, Mar. 4, 1885, to Mar. 4, 1887. Author of a "Hand-Book for Active Service," 1861; of "Topographical Atlas of the City of New York," 1865; and of various papers on Engineering, Geography, Sanitation, etc., 1853‑90. Residence, New York city.

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

(Egbert Ludovicus Viele)

Civil History. — Unknown. — Residence, New York city.

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

Civil History. — Civil Engineer. — Park Commissioner New York City from January, 1863, to January, 1884. — Representative in Congress 1885‑87. — Member of International Congress of History, 1898. — Addressed British House of Lords in 1896 on Municipal Improvements in the United States. — Author of Handbook for Active Service, Topographical Atlas of the City of New York, and numerous pamphlets on Consulting Engineering, Parks, Markets, Health, Sewerage, Drainage, Mineral Resources, etc., etc. — Member of Board of Visitorsº (President of Board), 1899. — President Association of Graduates, 1899 to 1900. — Residence, New York City.

Died April 22, 1902, at New York, N. Y.: Aged 77.

Buried, West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1902, for an obituary notice, with a portrait.

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