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Felix Agnus

  • Birth 4 Jul 1839 Lyon, Departement du Rhône, Rhône-Alpes, France
  • Death 31 Oct 1925 Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
  • Burial Pikesville, Baltimore County, Maryland, USA
  • Plot Annandale Section, Lot 415
  • Memorial ID 7119436

Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. Born in Lyons, France, he was a veteran of the Franco-Austrian War, fighting under Emperor Napoleon III. Just after the Confederate bombardment of Fort Sumter, South Carolina, he enlisted in the 5th New York Volunteer Infantry (known as "Duryee's Zouaves"), being mustered in as Sergeant in Company H on April 25, 1861. He saw combat on the first significant ground action of the war at Big Bethel, Virginia on June 10, 1861, where he saved the life of future Union Army general H. Judson Kilpatrick. He rose in the ranks, and was promoted to 1st Lieutenant of Company D on July 8, 1862 after being wounded in the shoulder during the June 27, 1862 Battle of Gaines Mill. He was then detailed to help recruit a new regiment, which would eventually be mustered in as the 165th New York Volunteer Infantry. Promoted to Captain, he was mustered in as the commander of the unit's Company A on November 28, 1862. Promoted to Major on September 2, 1863,, he served in the field through the end of the war, taking part in the siege of Port Hudson, and the Battles of Fisher's Hill, Third Winchester and Cedar Creek under General Philip H. Sheridan. On March 13, 1865 he received brevets of Lieutenant Colonel and Colonel, US Volunteers, as well as a brevet of Brigadier General, US Volunteers for "gallant and meritorious services during the war". Honorably discharged on July 28, 1865, his post war career saw him rise as a prominent newspaperman in Baltimore, Maryland, first working as the business manager of the "Baltimore American" and later founding the "Baltimore Star".

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  • Added: 26 Jan 2003
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Felix Agnus (4 Jul 1839–31 Oct 1925), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7119436, citing Druid Ridge Cemetery, Pikesville, Baltimore County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .