(1821-1885) Graduated in the West Point class of 1843 which furnished ten general officers to the North and three to the South. He was a Mexican War veteran and later became commandant of cadets at West Point. His first active field command during the Civil War was on the line of the Rappahannock during the Peninsular campaign. Augur was one of several professional soldiers victimized by General N. P. Banks's poor showing at Cedar Mountain and was severely wounded in the Federal rout. Banks asked for him as second in command of the New Orleans expedition that fall, and Augur commanded the left wing of the army during the siege and attacks on Port Hudson, Louisiana. From October 1863 until the end of the war he commanded the XXII Corps.
Document Signed: 11 1/4 x 8 1/2, imprinted form, filled out in ink. The United States To 2nd Lieut. M.C. Wessells, 24 Inf. This document is certifying that Lieutenant Wessells duties require him to be mounted resulting in an increase in pay. I certify that this officer's duties required him to be mounted, C.C. Augur, Brig. Genl., U.S.A., Comdg. Dept. The document is also signed by M.C. Wessells, 2nd Lieut. 24 Inf. Very fine.
Morris C. Wessells was commissioned 2nd lieutenant, 24th U.S. Infantry, December 18, 1871. Promoted to 1st lieutenant, May 15, 1877; captain, December 22, 1887; resigned on December 4, 1895.