Van Vliet, Stewart Leonard
Age: 0, credited to Ferrisburgh, VTVITALS
Birth: 07/21/1815, Ferrisburgh, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
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Van Vliet, Stewart, of Washington, D. C., son of Christian and Rachael Van Vliet, was born July 21, 1815, at Ferrisburg.
General Van Vliet, as he is everywhere known, received the educational advantages of the home of his youth, Fishkill, N. Y., and entered the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1836, graduating in 1840, in the class in which was General Sherman and other famous men whose names have become prominent in history. He was appointed second lieutenant in the third artillery, then in Florida, and served there two years during the Seminole war. He was in several engagements, in one of which he killed an Indian chief in a hand to hand fight. Subsequently he was engaged in the Mexican war and was with General Taylor at Monterey, where he led the final charge and received the flag of surrender. At Vera Cruz he commanded a battery under General Scott. From Mexico he was ordered to Fort Leavenworth and built forts Kearney and Laramie on the Platte river. He was in the Sioux expedition and in the battle of the Blue Water. Under Sydney Johnson he organized the expedition to Utah, and went to Salt Lake. Gen. Stewart Van Vliet served with distinction in the civil war. He was chief quartermaster of the Army of the Potomac, and was with McClellan in all the battles of the Peninsula; and was afterwards stationed in several of the large cities of the country. He was retired at the age of sixty-four, and received the brevets of brigadier-general and major-general in the regular army and in the volunteers. He now lives with his family in Washington, D. C., and during the summer months at Shrewsbury, N. J.
General Van Vliet is fond of society. His genial and hearty manner makes companionship with him most enjoyable. He is a member of many clubs and organizations, among them the Aztec Club, of which he is president; the Holland Society, of which he is vice-president; the St. Nicholas Society; the Loyal Legion; and the GAR
General Van Vliet was married at Fort Laramie, March 6, 1851, to Sarah Jane Brown, the daughter of Maj. Jacob Brown (who was killed by the Mexicans while defending a fort opposite Matamoras. The fort and city, Fort Brown and Brownsville, were named after him). He has two sons: Dr. Frederick C., and Lieut. Robert C. of the 10th U. S. Infantry.
Source: Jacob G. Ullery, compiler, Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, (Transcript Publishing Company, Brattleboro, VT, 1894), Part III, pp. 162.