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Civil War Soldiers - Augur
|Augur, Christopher C., major-general, was born in New
York in 1821, and in 1843 was graduated at West Point to which school
he had been appointed from Michigan. He served during the Mexican war,
at first as aide-de-camp to Gen. Hopping, and then, after the latter's
death, in a similar capacity to Gen. Caleb Cushing. In 1852 he was
promoted to captain and served with distinction in the war against the
Indians of Oregon in 1856. On May 11, 1861, he was appointed major in
the 13th infantry, was then for a time commandant of cadets at West
Point, and in November of that year was commissioned brigadier-general
of volunteers, being assigned to Gen. McDowell's corps. In July, 1862,
he was assigned to a division under Gen. Banks, and was severely
wounded in the battle of Cedar mountain. On Aug. 9, 1862, he was
promoted major-general of volunteers and, joining his command in the
following November, he took part in the Louisiana campaign.
Meritorious services at the siege of Port Hudson, where he commanded
the left wing of the army, won for Gen. Augur the brevet of
brigadier-general in the U. S. army, March 13, 1865, and at the same
time he was brevetted major-general, U. S. A., for meritorious
services during the rebellion. He was commandant of the Department of
Washington from Oct. 13, 1863, to Aug. 13, 1866, afterwards being
commandant successively of the departments of the Platte, Texas, the
Gulf, the South and the Missouri, and, in 1885, he was retired.
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908