Biography of Capt. Augustus McGill
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CAPT. AUGUSTUS McGILL came to Tipton County in July, 1882, and purchased a place adjoining the corporate limits of Windfall. He is of Celtic descent, his ancestors having come to the colony of Pennsylvania anteriorto the Revolution, in which both his grandfathers were continental soldiers and comrades; together they wintered at Valley Forge, crossed the Delaware on the ice under the eye of Washington, and together took part in the battles of Trenton and Princeton. They subsequently settled in Crawford County, Penn., where the subject of this sketch was born in 1828. Augustus became a surveyor and school teacher, and taught at various points until 1855, when he married. In 1856, he was appointed Postmaster of his native town, and subsequently served one term as County Auditor. In. August, 1861, he enlisted in the Eighty third Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and served, with the exception of one short interval, through the war. He took part in the siege of Yorktown and the battles of Hanover Court House, Mechanicsville, Gaines' Mills, Malvern Hill, second Bull Run, Antietam and Fredericksburg, at the last place receiving injuries which necessitated his retiring for a short time from active service. In June, 1863, Lee invaded Pennsylvania while Capt. McGill was at home an invalid. Gov. Curtin issued a call for three months' men, and in less than twenty four hours the Captain was on his way to Pittsburgh with a full company. After the repulsion of the enemy, the Captain returned to the Army of the Potomac, went through Grant's campaign in the Wilderness, was in the assault on Cold Harbor, the advance on Petersburg, the capture of the Norfolk and Weldon Railroad, etc. In the spring of 1865, he was in the last campaign against Lee, and was at Lewis' Farm, Boydton Road and Five Forks and many other fights, and was present at Lee's surrender. Since the war, the Captain has served ten years as magistrate in his native town, and successfully pursued other vocations suited to his crippled condition. His son, William R. McGill, is a young man of estimable qualities, is also a resident of this township, and is engaged in farming.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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