Christopher Columbus "Colon" Augur, Major General (1821 - 1898)

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Birthplace: Kendall, Orleans, New York
Death: Died in Georgetown, DC
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About Christopher Columbus "Colon" Augur, Major General

Christopher Columbus Augur (July 10, 1821 – January 16, 1898) was an American military officer, most noted for his role in the American Civil War. Although less well known than other Union commanders, he was nonetheless considered an able battlefield commander.

Augur was born in Kendall, New York. He moved with his family to Michigan and entered West Point in 1839. Following his graduation in 1843, Augur served as aide-de-camp to Generals Hopping and Cushing during the Mexican-American War, and during the 1850s took an active part in the campaigns of the western frontier against the Yakima and Rogue River tribes of Washington and, in 1856, against the Oregon Indians. In Oregon, he was responsible for building Fort Hoskins in Kings Valley.

Civil War

Upon the outbreak of the Civil War, Augur served as commandant of cadets at West Point. Appointed brigadier general of volunteers in 1861, he commanded a brigade under Irvin McDowell during the early part of the war. He was severely wounded at Cedar Mountain in August 1862 while leading a division under Maj. Gen. Nathaniel Banks. He was promoted to major general in the same month and subsequently commanded a division in the Army of the Gulf during the siege of Port Hudson. He commanded the XXII Corps and the Department of Washington (1863–66), ending the war with an exemplary record.

Postbellum career

Following the war, Augur also would command the departments of the Platte (1867–71), of Texas (1871–75), and of the Gulf (1875–78). He also played a major role in negotiations of the Treaties of Medicine Lodge in 1867 and Fort Laramie in 1868. A fort in the Wyoming Territory was briefly named Fort Augur in his honor. In 1886, he retired from the military service. He died in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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Maj. General Christopher C. Augur (USA)'s Timeline

July 10, 1821
Kendall, Orleans, New York
August 20, 1844
Age 23
Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence, NY
June 10, 1847
Age 25
Syracuse, Onondaga, NY
August 21, 1849
Age 28
Fort Niagara, New York
November 26, 1850
Age 29
Fort Niagara, NY
March 31, 1852
Age 30
Fort Niagara, NY
February 5, 1856
Age 34
Fort Vancover, WA
February 5, 1858
Age 36
Fort Hoskins, Benton, OR
April 24, 1860
Age 38
Fort Hoskins, Benton, OR
December 18, 1861
Age 40
Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence, NY