Gen James Van Voast


Gen James Van Voast

Schenectady County, New York, USA
Death 17 Jul 1915 (aged 87)
Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Burial Southgate, Campbell County, Kentucky, USA
Plot Section 1, Lot 10
Memorial ID 46482615 View Source

Cadet at the U. S. Military Academy at West Point, July 1, 1848, to July 1, 1852. After graduation, he was promoted in the Army as follows:
- Bvt. Second Lieut., 3d Artillery, on July 1, 1853
- Second Lieut., 3d Artillery, on Aug. 22, 1853
- First Lieut., 9th Infantry, on Mar. 3, 1855
- Captain, 9th Infantry, on Mar. 1, 1861
- Major, 18th Infantry, on Dec. 29, 1863
- Lieut. Colonel, 16th Infantry, on Aug. 16, 1871
- Colonel, 9th Infantry, on Feb. 20, 1882
He retired from active service on Apr. 2, 1883, for disability contracted in the line of duty.

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., on Retired List, April 23, 1904, Act of April 23, 1904.

Complete details about his military service are listed at:

On March 25, 1882, The New York Times published an article entitled "Gen. Van Voast's Strange Injury: A possible attempt upon his life - journeying thirty-six hours in an almost dying condition". This articles details a near death incident and the quesionable circumstances surrounding the incident. The article is posted online at:

He married Virginia Moss Harris on July 5, 1870.

Full obituary is listed at:*.html

Death Certificate states:
Father was John G. Van Voast.
Mother was Maria Teller.
Informant was Virginia R. Van Voast of 507 E. Third St. Cincinnati, OH.
He was retired and a widow.
Place of death was 507 E. Third St, Cincinnati, OH.
Cause of death was broncho pneumonia.

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  • Created by: JG
  • Added: 9 Jan 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 46482615
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Gen James Van Voast (19 Sep 1827–17 Jul 1915), Find a Grave Memorial ID 46482615, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate, Campbell County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by JG (contributor 46770371) .