JOHN BULLOCK VAN PETTEN. Career in War and Peace of a Red Creek Academy Graduate. Editor of the Lake Shore News: Sir--Though General John B. Van- Petten was not a native of Wolcott, he came very near the old township, since Sterling was his native town and I understand his college prepara- tory work was had in that time-hon- ored Red Creek Academy, in its day the most useful institution of learn- ing in eastern Wayne and northern Cayuga counties. Born June 19, 1827, he must have been in his early teens when he un- dertook the tasks of the academy. At any rate he entered Wesleyan University, at Middletown, Conn., in 1846 and was graduated thence in 1850. Entering the ministry of the Meth- odist church, he joined the old Black River conference and was assigned two or three times to stations, but, feeling his vocation to be that of teaching, he soon enetered on what proved to be his life work, save for two interludes of war and politics. For five years immediately preceed- ing the war he was principal of the seminary in Fairfield, Herkimer coun- ty, and thence the war of the re- bellion drew him into the chaplaincy of the 34th Infantry whose fortune he followed until, in 1862, he ex- changed his bible for a sword and be- came the Lieut. Colonel of the 160th Volunteers, the third Wayne and Cayuga regiment raised in the 25th that year. Its field of operations was in the Gulf Department, through Port Hud- son and Red River Expedition. In cammand of his regiment he led the same at the immortal charge on the fortifications at Hudson. Coming north with the regiment in the summer of 1864, he was severely wounded in the campaign through the Shenandoah Valley and was recom- mended for promotion by Generals Sheridan and Emory. Organizing the 193d N.Y. Volun- teers at Albany in the winter and spring of '64 and '65, he led the same to the South, but not in time to par- ticipate in the final campaign. He came home from the war a Brevet Brig. General. Later he was Commissary General of the State of New York, again principal of Fairfield Seminary, and in 1868 and '69, State Senator from the Herkimer District. Many following years were spent in teaching and superintanding schools in Missouri. Returning to his native state, his later years have been spent in Caz- enovia, where he passed away on the 31st day of October, last, at the ripe age, it seems, of more than 81 years. While his career was somewhat de- sultory, those who followed him close- ly will agree that he did well what- ever he undertook and had he stuck to any one line of work, would have reached the very highest pinnacle. His army associates always spoke in the highest terms of efficiency and he certainly was an excellent teacher. I am of the opinion that he was the only brigadier whom the acad- emy at the Creek furnished to the service. If I am wrong in this as- sumption, I shall be glad to be cor- reacted. Alfred S. Roe. Worcester, Mass., Jan. 13, 1909.