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Christopher Columbus Augur
Birth: Jul. 10, 1821
Kendall
Orleans County
New York, USA
Death: Jan. 16, 1898
Washington
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA

Civil War Union Major General. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York in 1843, placing 16th out of 39 (his classmates included future Union Generals William B. Franklin, Ulysses S. Grant and Joseph J. Reynolds, as well as future Confederate Generals Roswell Ripley, Samuel G. French and Franklin Gardner). His service after graduation was typical, serving in the Mexican War and on the Western American frontier against the Plains Indians. When the Civil War started he had the rank of Captain, 4th United States Infantry in the Regular Army, and served as commandant of cadets at West Point. In May 1861 he was promoted to Major of the newly-raised 13th United States Infantry, but his time with the new regiment as brief. In November 1861 he was promoted to Brigadier General, US Volunteers, and commanded a brigade along the Rappahannock River during the Spring 1862 Peninsular Campaign. In the August 1862 Battle of Cedar Mountain, where the Union forces were soundly defeated by Confederate General Stonewall Jackson, he sustained a severe wound while in command of the II Corps' 2nd Division, but was highly commended for his performance and bravery, which led to his promotion to Major General, US Volunteers (and a brevet of Colonel, US Regular Army). During his convalesces from his Cedar Mountain wound he served on a commission that investigated Colonel Dixon Miles' September 1862 surrender of Harper's Ferry, Virginia. He then served with Major General Nathaniel Banks in operations in Louisiana and Mississippi, leading the left wing of the Union Army that forced the capitulation of Port Hudson, Mississippi in July 1863. He subsequently commanded simultaneously the XXII Corps and the Department of Washington to the end of the war. As commander of the Capital District, he was present when President Abraham Lincoln succumbed to an assassin's bullet, and was detailed to escort the President's body from the Petersen House, where he died, to the White House. When he was mustered out of Volunteer service in September 1866, he received the brevet of Brigadier and Major General, US Regular Army and was promoted to Colonel and commander of the 12th United States Regular Infantry. In 1869 he was advanced to Brigadier General in the Regular service, and he retired with that rank in 1885. (bio by: Russ Dodge) 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Jane Elizabeth Arnold Augur (1827 - 1906)*
 
 Children:
  Colon Augur (1847 - 1913)*
  Jacob Arnold Augur (1849 - 1909)*
  John Preston Johnson Augur (1852 - 1884)*
  Ford Spencer Augur (1860 - 1938)*
  Annis Augur (1864 - 1883)*
  Murray Blachley Augur (1870 - 1939)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 1, Site 63W
GPS (lat/lon): 38.88019, -77.07491
 
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Record added: Oct 10, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 12845
Christopher Columbus Augur
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Christopher Columbus Augur
Added by: Russ Dodge
 
Christopher Columbus Augur
Added by: Russ Dodge
 
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The achievements of yours will last for eternity.
- Patrick Murphy
 Added: Jul. 19, 2014
Military District Washington, what a fascinating place to be during our American Civil War. You, general had been very directly involved in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln as well. Rest in peace sir, and thank you for your service.
- Daniel Moran
 Added: Jul. 12, 2014

- bob tarte
 Added: May. 14, 2014
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