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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1852

Vol. II

(Born Germany)

August V. Kautz1

(Ap'd O.)


August Valentine Kautz: Born Jan. 5, 1828,
Baden (Ispringen or near Pforzheim), Germany.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1848, to July 1, 1852, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 4th Infantry, July 1, 1852.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1852; on frontier duty at Ft. Vancouver, Wash., 1852‑53, — Ft. Steilacoom, Wash., 1853, — Scouting

(Second Lieut., 4th Infantry, Mar. 24, 1853)

in Rogue River Valley, Or., 1853, — Ft. Orford, Or., 1853‑55; on Rogue River Expedition, 1855, being engaged in a Skirmish, Oct. 25, 1855, where he was wounded, — and Action of Hungry Hill, Oct. 31 to Nov. 1, 1865; on frontier duty at Ft. Orford, Or., 1855‑56, — Scouting,

(First Lieut., 4th Infantry, Dec. 4, 1855)

1856, against Puget Sound Indians, Wash., being engaged in the Action at White River, Wash., Mar. 1, 1856, where he was wounded, — Ft. Steilacoom, Wash., 1856‑58, — and as Acting Quartermaster to Northwest Boundary Commission, 1858‑59; on leave of absence in Europe, 1859‑60; in escorting Recruits to Oregon, 1860‑61; and on Recruiting service, 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: in the

(Captain, 6th Cavalry, May 14, 1861)

Defenses of Washington, D. C., Aug. 16, 1861, to Mar. 10, 1862; in the p505Virginia Peninsular Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Mar. to Aug., 1862, being engaged in the Siege of Yorktown, Apr. 5 to May 4, 1862, — Action at Mechanicsville, May 23‑24, 1862, — Action and Capture of Hanover C. H., May 27, 1862, — and Action of Malvern Hill, Aug. 5, 1862; in

(Colonel, 2d Ohio Cavalry, Sep. 10, 1862)

garrison at Ft. Scott, Kan., Oct.‑Nov., 1862; in command of Camp Chase, O., Dec., 1862, to Apr., 1863; in the Army of the Ohio, Apr., 1863, to Jan., 1864, being engaged in the Capture of Monticello, Ky., May 1, 1863, — in command of Cavalry Brigade, May to Aug., 1863, — Action of Monticello, Ky. (in command), June 9, 1863, — Pursuit and Capture of General

(Bvt. Major, June 9, 1863,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services in Action at Monticello, Ky.)

John Morgan and his Rebel Raiders, July, 1863, — Chief of Cavalry of 23d Army Corps, Aug., 1863, — and in East Tennessee Campaign, including the Siege of Knoxville, Nov.‑Dec., 1863; in Cavalry Bureau at Washington, D. C., Jan. to Apr., 1864; in command of Cavalry Division (Army of the James), Apr., 1864, to Mar., 1865, being engaged in Cutting the Petersburg and Weldon Railroad, May 7‑8, 1864, the Richmond and

(Brig.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, May 7, 1864)

Danville Railroad, May 12‑13, 1864, and the Petersburg and Lynchburg Railroad, May 14, 1864, — Assaults of Petersburg Intrenchments, June 9

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., June 9, 1864,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services in an Attack on Petersburg, Va.)

and 15, 1864, — on General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Wilson's Raid on the Petersburg and Lynchburg, and Richmond and Danville Railroad, June 21‑29, 1864, participating in the Actions at Roanoke Bridge, June 25, and Reams' Station, June 29, 1864, — on detached service with the Army of the Potomac, Aug.‑Sep., 1864, — Movement on Ft. Harrison, Sep. 29, 1864, — Action at Darbytown, Oct. 7, 1864, — Reconnoissance on Darbytown Road, Oct. 13,

(Bvt. Colonel, Oct. 7, 1864,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services in Action on the Darbytown Road, Va.)

1864, — and Repulse of enemy's reconnoissance North of the James

(Bvt. Maj.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, Oct. 28, 1864,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services during the Campaign against Richmond, Va.)

River, Dec. 10, 1864; in command of 1st Division, 25th Army Corps, Mar. to May, 1865, being engaged in the Occupation of Richmond, Va., Apr. 3,

(Bvt. Brig.‑General, and Bvt. Maj.‑General, U. S. Army, Mar. 13, 1865,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services in the Field during the Rebellion)

1865; and as Member of the Military Commission for the trial of the Assassins of President Lincoln, May‑June, 1865.

Mustered out of Volunteer Service, Jan. 15, 1866.

Served: as Acting Judge-Advocate, Military Division of the Gulf, Mar. 1, 1866, to Aug. 29, 1866; on leave of absence, Aug. 29, 1866, to

(Lieut.‑Col., 34th Infantry, July 28, 1866)

Jan., 1867; in command of Regiment, at Nashville, Ten., Jan. to May, 1867, and at Grenada, Mis., May 1, 1867, to Sep., 1867; in arrest and awaiting orders, Sep. 6, 1867, to Jan., 1868; in command of post of Columbus, Mis., Jan. to July 2, 1868; on leave of absence and awaiting orders to July, 1869; in command of Ft. Craig, N. M., July to Oct., 1869; of Ft. Stanton,

(Transferred to 15th Infantry, Mar. 15, 1869)

N. M., Oct. 15, 1869, to Apr. 17, 1872 (leave of absence, July 7 to p506Nov. 19, 1870), — of Newport Barracks Depot, Ky., May 28, 1872, to Nov. 10, 1873, — of regiment and Ft. Garland, Col., Nov. 18, 1873, to

(Colonel, 8th Infantry, July 8, 1874)

Aug. 6, 1874, — of Ft. Whipple, Ara., Nov. 1, 1874, to Mar., 1875, — of Prescott, Ara., and of the Department of Arizona, Mar. 22, 1875, to Mar. 5, 1878, — Angel Island, Cal., to Apr. 26, 1878, — Benicia Barracks, Cal., May 17, 1878, to Mar. 2, 1880, — and Angel Island, Cal., to Feb. 20, 1883; on leave of absence to Nov. 30, 1883; in command of regiment and Angel Island, Cal., to Feb. 27, 1886; on leave of absence to Apr. 12, 1886; in command of regiment and Angel Island, Cal., to July 5, 1886, — of Ft. Lowell, Ara., to Nov. 24, 1886, — of Fort Niobrara, Neb. (leave of absence, Mar. 7‑27, June 2‑8, Sep. 12 to Oct. 12, 1887, and Apr. 21 to May 20, 1888), to Dec. 18, 1888; on leave of absence to Mar. 21, 1889; and in command of regiment and Ft. Niobrara, Neb., Mar. 21, 1889, to [image ALT: an underscored blank].

Civil History. — Author of the "Company Clerk," 1861, — of "Customs of Service for Non-Commissioned Officers and Soldiers," 1864, — and of "Customs of Service for Officers of the Army," 1866.

Vol. IV
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

(August Valentine Kautz)

Civil History. — In command of regiment and post of Fort Niobrara, Neb., to Dec. 8, 1890. — President of a Board in New York, N. Y., to examine and recommend a suitable system of rifles and carbines, to July 6, 1891.

(Brig.‑General U. S. Army, April 20, 1891)

— In command of Department of the Columbia, headquarters at Vancouver Barracks, Wash., July 25, 1891, to Jan. 5, 1892.

Retired from Active Service, he being 64 Years of Age, Jan. 5, 1892.

Died Sept. 4, 1895, at Seattle, Wash.: Aged 67.

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1896, for an obituary notice, with a portrait.

The Author's Note:

1 Served in the War with Mexico, as a Private of 1st Ohio Volunteers, before entering the Military Academy.

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