Lincoln appoints Christopher C. Augur major general of volunteers

    Abraham Lincoln Military Appointment Signed. One partially-printed page, 15.5" x 19.5", Washington, March 14, 1863. Here, the president appoints "Christopher C. Augur . . . Major General of Volunteers in the service of the United States." Countersigned by Edwin M. Stanton as secretary of war. Three small holes at the upper edge, likely from previous binding, else a near fine example.

    Christopher Columbus Augur (1821-1898) graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1843 and served as aide-de-camp to both Gen. Enos D. Hopping and Gen. Caleb Cushing during the Mexican War. After the war, he was sent to the Northwest where he battled the Yakima and Rogue River peoples. When the Civil War erupted, Augur served a short time as commandant of cadets at West Point before being commissioned a brigadier general of volunteers. He was wounded at the Battle of Cedar Mountain (Virginia, August 9, 1862) and was commissioned a major general by Lincoln two months later (with this very appointment). Lincoln had to submit the nomination three times before Congress would confirm the appointment on March 10, 1863. He later commanded a division at the Siege of Port Hudson (Louisiana, May 22 through July 9, 1863). After the war, he commanded the Departments of the Platte, Texas (twice), the Gulf, and the South. He retired from the army a brigadier general in 1885.

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