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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1809

Vol. I

(Born Mas.)

Augustus W. Magee

(Ap'd Mas.)

Born 1789, Boston, MA.

Military History. — Cadet of the Military Academy, June 15, 1808, to Jan. 24, 1809, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., Reg. of Artillerists, Jan. 24, 1809.

Served at Atlantic Posts and on the Texas Frontier, 1809‑12.

Resigned, June 22, 1812.

After his resignation from the U. S. Army, he entered the Patriot Army of Mexico​a as Colonel, Oct., 1812, serving in the "Gachupin War," and as Commander-in‑Chief, de facto, of the "Republican Army of the North," invaded Texas and captured Fort Bahia (Goliad, since 1829), Nov. 14, 1812, where were found the guns of Louis XIV, brought to San Bernardo (Matagorda Bay) by La Salle, in 1685, when in search of the Mouth of Mississippi River.

Died, Mar. 10, 1813, Aged 24, at Ft. Bahia, Tex.,

where he was buried, during the enemy's cannonade, a 6‑pounder ball lodging close to his grave.

Buried, Presidio La Bahia, Goliad, TX.

Thayer's Note:

a A much better if still somewhat unclear account of his military service, especially in the so‑called Gutiérrez-Magee Expedition — which sought to wrest Texas from Spanish control — is given in The Handbook of Texas Online, copied elsewhere on the Web as well (except without its very useful links to further pages of context). A bit more about Magee's participation can be read elsewhere in Cullum's Register.

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