Stewart Van Vliet

Stewart Van Vliet was born in Ferrisburg, Vermont, on July 21, 1815. He was appointed to the Military Academy at the age of twenty-one and was graduated in 1840, ranking ninth in the class. He served in the artillery until 1847, when he became a staff captain in the Quartermaster's Department. In the course of the Mexican War, he was present at Monterrey and Vera Cruz. Van Vliet was in charge of building posts on the Oregon Trail in the late 1840's and 1850's and aided in fitting out the Utah expedition of 1857. The beginning of the Civil War found him stationed at Fort Leavenworth. He was promoted to major in August, 1861, and acted as chief quartermaster of the Army of the Potomac, from the twentieth of August to July 10, 1862, when he was relieved at his own request. He had been appointed a brigadier general of volunteers on September 23, 1861, but this appointment expired July 17, 1862, a week after his relief. For the remainder of the war, he was on duty in New York City furnishing transportation and supplies. In October, 1864, he was brevetted through all grades to brigadier general in the Regular Army and in 1865 was brevetted major general, U. S. Army. On November 23, 1865, he was again appointed brigadier general of volunteers to rank from March 13, and was brevetted major general to rank from the same date. He became deputy quartermaster general with rank of lieutenant colonel in 1866 and assistant quartermaster general, with rank of colonel six years later; meanwhile he served as chief quartermaster of various military departments and divisions until his retirement for age in 1881. From 1875-81 he was inspector of the Quartermaster's Department. General Van Vliet remained in Washington after his retirement and died there on March 28, 1901; he was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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Reference: Generals in Blue. Lives of the Union Commanders by Ezra J. Warner. Louisiana State University Press. Baton Rouge.