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    Stewart Van Vliet Archive comprised of over thirty letters, orders, commissions, deeds, and other documents spanning the years 1848 through 1909. The letters included are mostly to and from family, including his nephew, "Cain," and are mostly mundane in nature. One such letter, however, dated February 28, 1869, from Fort D. A. Russell, Wyoming Territory, discusses the situation with Frederick Van Vliet, on duty on the frontier: "Rec'd a letter from Uncle Fred...I hope that he may be ordered on some duty in the States and not be oblidged [sic] to come out in this forlorn country again, one of a family is enough to be oblidged [sic] to suffer the inconveniences and hardships on the frontier." He also mentions a recent episode of frontier justice, the lynching of a suspected horse thief: "There was a man found hanging to a telegraph pole within a half mile of our Depot...he was said to have been a horse thief and he was hung in the night...this however is quite a common thing in this country." Sometime around 1875, Van Vliet's nephew joined the army and was stationed for a time at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, as several letters are included from that place discussing life in camp.

    Also included is an ALS from Robert G. Ingersoll, "the Great Agnostic," to Stewart Van Vliet, June 22, 1891: "I think the tendency of the world is toward a Republican form of government, and I hope you will live long enough to see the whole world governed that way." Ingersoll was a veteran of the Civil War and one of the greatest orators of his day. [and:] John Sherman ALS, June 23, 1897: "The criticisms about me do not disturb me in the least, as everything is going along quietly and safely in this Department. Both the President and I are doing the best we can to keep peace with all the world and friendly relations." Sherman, the brother of William Tecumseh Sherman, was serving as secretary of state under President William McKinley at the time. With a 2.5" x 4" CDV of Admiral David Farragut, a 2.5" x 4.25" CDV of Stewart Van Vliet's wife, and twelve Stewart Van Vliet military commissions spanning the years 1840 through 1872.

    Stewart Van Vliet (1815-1901) graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1840 and served in the 3rd U.S. Artillery during the Seminole War before seeing action at the Battle of Monterrey and at the Siege of Vera Cruz during the Mexican War. In the 1850s, he took part in the Sioux Expedition and Utah War. Van Vliet served throughout the Civil War, first as chief quartermaster for the Army of the Potomac until 1862. He spent the remainder of the war in New York City as a logistics officer for the troops in the field and retired from service in 1881 as assistant quartermaster for the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic and the Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States. Several members of the Van Vliet family also served in the U.S. Army, most notably his brother, Frederick, who served on the frontier during the Black Hills and Yellowstone Campaigns in the Indian Wars.

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