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Civil War Soldiers - Van Wyck
|Van Wyck, Charles H.,
brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Poughkeepsie, N. Y., May 10,
1824, graduated at Rutgers college in 1843, studied law, was district
attorney of Sullivan county, N. Y., in 1850-56, and was a
representative in Congress in 1859-63. While in his second term he was
commissioned colonel of the 56th N. Y. infantry, with which he served
to the close of the war, being promoted brigadier-general of
volunteers in 1865. In 1866 and 1868 he was reelected to Congress. He
removed to Nebraska in 1874, was a delegate to the constitutional
convention in 1876, state senator in 1876-80, was elected United
States senator as a Republican, and took his seat March 4, 1881. In
the senate he distinguished himself by persistency in the attempt to
secure the removal of secrecy from its executive sessions. In 1892 he
was defeated as the Populist candidate for governor of the state. Gen.
Van Wyck was conspicuous in organizing the Farmers' Alliance movement
in Nebraska. He died in Washington, D. C., Oct. 24, 1895.
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908