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Name Vifquain, Victor
Othernames Vifquain, Jean-Baptiste Victor
Born 1836-05-20
Birthplace Belguim, Brussels
Places of residence Nebraska (Lancaster), Lincoln
Nationality Belgian
Notes Victor Vifquain came to Saline County, Nebraska around 1858 from his native Belguim. During the Civil War, he served with the 53rd New York infantry. He was then commissioned as a 1st Lieutenant Adjutant of the 97th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He was twice promoted on the field, eventually to brigadier genearl. He received the Congressional Medal of Honor for capturing a rebel flag at Ft. Blakely, Alabama. He served as a diplomat to Panama. He was Adjutant General of Nebraska and commander of the 3rd Nebraska Volunteer Regiment during the Spanish American War.
Occupation
Deceased 1904-01-07
Deceased where USA: Nebraska (Lancaster), Lincoln

Associated Records

Image of 4955-1-(9) - Arrow, 9; 9 W/ Same#

4955-1-(9) - Arrow, 9; 9 W/ Same#

9 of 9 arrow set. Solid wooden arrow with metal point attached to shaft with sinew. U shaped nock. Depth of slit at end of shaft for arrowhead is: .75". Three lines of wavy grooving carved on full length of shaft. Top of shaft has 1 large band of faded red cresting. End of arrow is fletched with brown and white striped feathers. Feathers are attached to the shaft with glue and sinew at both top and bottom.

Image of 4955-7 - Foil

4955-7 - Foil

Foil with rectangular metal blade with button on tip. Brass colored circular metal guard with concentric decorative bands on blade side. Grip has diagonal ridges that are covered in a deep blue fabric with metallic thread between the ridges. Pommel is oval shaped point. Identical marks on two sides of the blade toward the guard. There is a word between two marks that are a circle with two lines coming off either side. The word is illegible on both sides.

Image of RG4467.PH0-000001 - Print, Photographic

RG4467.PH0-000001 - Print, Photographic

A studio portrait of Victor Vifquain, Lincoln, Nebraska. Vifquain was Lt. Col. in the 3rd Nebraska later Col. after resignation of Bryan. (See Additional Info) Victor Vifquain was born in Brussels, Belgium, on May 20th, 1836. He received a military education in Belgium and graduated as a 2nd Lieutenant of cavalry at the age of 20. Upon spending one year in the Belgian army, Vifquain migrated to the United States and settled on a homestead on the West Blue River in Saline County, Nebraska. In 1861 he enlisted in the Union Army as a private in Company "C," 53rd New York Infantry and embarked upon an active military career. Vifquain distinguished himself in battle, was awarded the Medal of H

Image of RG4467.PH0-000002 - Photograph, Cabinet

RG4467.PH0-000002 - Photograph, Cabinet

Interior studio portrait of Victor Vifquain in later life. Victor Vifquain was born in Brussels, Belgium, on May 20th, 1836. He received a military education in Belgium and graduated as a 2nd Lieutenant of cavalry at the age of 20. Upon spending one year in the Belgian army, Vifquain migrated to the United States and settled on a homestead on the West Blue River in Saline County, Nebraska. In 1861 he enlisted in the Union Army as a private in Company "C," 53rd New York Infantry and embarked upon an active military career. Vifquain distinguished himself in battle, was awarded the Medal of Honor, and had obtained the rank of Brigadier General by the close of the war. In 1886 he was appointed

Image of RG4467.PH0-000003 - Print, Photographic

RG4467.PH0-000003 - Print, Photographic

Lt. Col. Victor Vifquain on a horse in the Spanish-American War. Military style tents can be seen in the background. Victor Vifquain was born in Brussels, Belgium, on May 20th, 1836. He received a military education in Belgium and graduated as a 2nd Lieutenant of cavalry at the age of 20. Upon spending one year in the Belgian army, Vifquain migrated to the United States and settled on a homestead on the West Blue River in Saline County, Nebraska. In 1861 he enlisted in the Union Army as a private in Company "C," 53rd New York Infantry and embarked upon an active military career. Vifquain distinguished himself in battle, was awarded the Medal of Honor, and had obtained the rank of Brigadier