|Object Name||Print, Photographic|
|Collection Name||RG4467 Vifquain, Victor, 1836-1904|
|Title||Lt. Col. Victor Vifquain|
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 General by the close of the war. In 1886 he was appointed by President Cleveland as U.S. Consul at Baranquilla and Colon, South America, and in 1893 as Consul General to represent the United States at Panama. Vifquain served as Adjutant General of Nebraska from 1891 to 1892. When the Third Nebraska was recruited in 1898 for the Spanish American War, Vifquain received a commission as Lieutenant Colonel and was promoted to the rank of Colonel during that conflict. He died on January 7, 1904, in Lincoln, Nebraska.
|Event||Spanish American War|
|Print size||6.625" x 4.25"|
Indians of North America -- Nebraska
Indians of North America -- Wars, 1890-1891
Spanish-American War, 1898 -- Nebraska
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865