Nebraska Authors

Victor Vifquain

AKA: Jean-Baptiste Victor Devuyst

Born 1836-05-20 Saint-Josse-ten-Noode (BELGIUM)

Died 1904-01-07
Lincoln, NE (USA)

Lincoln, NE (USA)
Calvary Cemetery

Born in Belgium, Vifquain attended the Royal Military Academy in Brussels, then served in the Belgian Army for one year before moving to the United States in 1857 and settling in Saline County, Nebraska. Vifquain fought in the Civil War and was appointed commander of the Ninety-Seventh Illinois which fought at the Battle of Fort Blakely; he was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions in that fight. When Vifquain returned to Nebraska, he ran for a seat in Congress but did not win. He attended the Nebraska Constitutional Convention and was appointed U.S. Consul to Columbia by President Grover Cleveland. Vifquain founded the Daily State Democrat in 1879. He became the adjutant general of Nebraska, then served in the Spanish-American War as commander of the 3rd Nebraska Infantry Regiment following the resignation of Colonel William Jennings Bryan. Vifquain wrote a book about his life called The 1862 Plot to Kidnap Jefferson Davis. Vifquain died at home in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1904.

Places Lived

Saline County, NE
Lincoln, NE

Author Of

  • Biography
  • Nonfiction


Memoir; United States Civil War; Jefferson Davis


Royal Military Academy, Brussels, BELGIUM
United States Consulate


Military Commander
Newspaper owner
U.S. Consul to Columbia
Adjutant General

Places Worked

Belgian Army, BELGIUM
United States Military
Daily State Democrat


Congressional Medal of Honor - United States Civil War
Inducted into the Order of the Double Dragon by the Emperor of China


3rd Nebraska Infantry Regiment


The 1862 Plot to Kidnap Jefferson Davis. 1998.

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