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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1809

Vol. I

(Born N. Y.)

Christopher Van de Venter

(Ap'd N. Y.)

Military History. — Cadet of the Military Academy, Jan. 2, 1808, to Jan. 9, 1809, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., Reg. of Artillerists, Jan. 9, 1809.

Served in garrison at Atlantic Posts, 1809‑12; in the War of 1812‑15

(First Lieut., Reg. of Artillerists, Mar. 12, 1812)

with Great Britain, as Asst. Military Agent, and on Staff duties in New York harbor, 1812‑13, — and in the Campaign of 1813 on the Niagara

(Capt., Staff — Asst. Dep. Quartermaster-Gen., Mar. 26, 1813: Declined)

Frontier, being engaged in the Capture of Fort George, U. C., May 27, 1813, and in the Night Assault at Stony Creek, U. C., June 6, 1813, where he was taken prisoner and confined at Quebec until 1814, when he escaped,

(Transferred to Corps of Artillery, May 12, 1814)

(Transferred to Major, Staff — Asst. Adjutant-General, Jan. 11, 1815)

(First Lieut., Corps of Artillery, on Reduction of Army, May 17, 1815)

but was re-captured on the Maine frontier; and as Aide-de‑Camp to Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Bvt. Brig.‑General. Swift, 1816.

Maj., Staff — Dep. Quartermaster-Gen., to rank from Mar. 26, 1813,

in the Re-organization of the General Staff, under the Law of Apr. 24, 1816.

Resigned, Aug. 30, 1816.

Civil History. — Chief Clerk of the U. S. War Department, 1817‑27.

Died, Apr. 22, 1828, at Georgetown, D. C.: Aged 49.

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