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 Egbert Ludovicus Viele

Egbert Ludovicus Viele

Birth
Waterford, Saratoga County, New York, USA
Death 22 Apr 1902 (aged 76)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial West Point, Orange County, New York, USA
Plot Section 34, Row O, Grave 258
Memorial ID 21843 · View Source
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Civil War Union Brigadier General, US Congressman. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1847, served in the Mexican War and on the Western frontier before resigning in 1853. Becoming a civil engineer, he supervised the creation of New York City, New York's Central Park in Manhattan and Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Returning to the Army after the outbreak of the Civil War, he was promoted to Brigadier General, US Volunteer. In April 1862 he commanded the forces tat reduction Fort Pulaski on the Savannah River in Georgia, and after the capture of Norfolk, Virginia, in May 1862, he served there as military governor until October 1863. He resigned from the Army on October 20, 1863, returning to his civilian engineer profession. His "Topographical Atlas of the City of New York City", published in 1876, is still used by New York City engineers. He was elected as a Democrat to represent New York's 13th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1885 to 1887. He had a fear of being buried alive and had a buzzer installed in his mausoleum which if pressed by him would alert someone in the cemetery office to come and let him out. Interred in the mausoleum after he passed away in 1902, after twenty years the buzzer wire was finally cut.

Bio by: Bill Heneage



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  • Added: 20 Apr 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 21843
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Egbert Ludovicus Viele (17 Jun 1825–22 Apr 1902), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21843, citing United States Military Academy Post Cemetery, West Point, Orange County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .