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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 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.
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