VIELÉ, Egbert Ludovicus, General [1825-1902] -- American military officer and engineer
Egbert Ludovicus Vielé of Waterford, NY, a member of the West Point Class of 1847,
had graduated with honors from the Albany Academy and
studied law before entering the Military Academy in 1842.
Upon graduation he began a career devoted to public service and
initiated more projects of lasting importance than almost any other man of his generation.
USMA Association of Graduates
He submitted plans for developing New York's Central Park,
but was beaten out of the competition by the Olmsted ?
and Vaux entry.
He and Olmsted were often thereafter competitors in various ventures.
He was involved in a bitter and very public divorce from the former
Teresa Griffin ¤
He is buried at West Point in a pyramidal tomb of his own design,
now a campus landmark.
| Appointed to USMA at West Point |
| Graduates 30th in class |
| Promoted 2nd Lt. in 1st Infantry in Mexican War |
| Assigned Ringgold Barracks (later Ft. Ringgold), Starr Co., TX |
| Established military camp (Camp Crawford) at Laredo |
| Marries Teresa Griffin |
| Promoted to 1st Lt. |
| Resigns commission |
| Chief topographical engineer for the state of New Jersey |
| Chosen to design Brooklyn's Prospect Park |
| Published Handbook for Active Service, widely used by both sides in the U.S. Civil War |
| Briefly served as captain of engineers in 7th NY Militia |
| Made brigadier general of volunteers |
| Second in command of Port Royal expedition |
| Military governor of Norfolk, VA |
| Again resigned his commission |
| Published The Topography and Hydrology of New York |
| Chief engineer on the Pittsburgh, Buffalo and Rochester RR |
| Divorced Teresa Griffin |
| Married Juliette Dana |
| Commissioner of parks for New York City |
| Elected to Congress. Defeated for reelection after one term. |
| While visiting England, invited by the House of Lords to speak on the "Municipal Improvements in the United States." |
| Delivered closing address at the Hague Congress of the International Congress of History, of which he was a member |
| President of the USMA Board of Visitors and Association of Graduates |
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- Spouse: ¤GRIFFIN, Teresa [1832-1906] American author, activist
- Daughter: ¤VIELÉ, Kathlyne [1853-?] American genealogist and historian
- Son: ¤VIELÉ, Herman Knickerbocker [1856-1908] American novelist, playwright, author, artist
- Son: ¤VIELÉ-GRIFFIN, Francis [1864-1937] American expatriate poet
- Grandaughter: ¤VIELÉ, Emily [1865-?] American poet and novelist