MAGEE, AUGUSTUS WILLIAM
MAGEE, AUGUSTUS WILLIAM (1789–1813). Augustus William Magee, army officer, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1789. After graduating third in his class from the United States Military Academy, on January 23, 1809, he served under Gen. James Wilkinson in an artillery regiment stationed at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and later transferred to Fort Jessup near Natchitoches. Magee, credited with being one of the best informed young officers in the United States Army, was recommended by his commanding officer for a promotion that was eventually refused by higher authorities. Meanwhile Magee did good work in keeping down the freebooters of the Neutral Ground, working with the authorities in Nacogdoches to that end. He made the acquaintance of Peter Samuel Davenport and later of José Bernardo Maximiliano Gutiérrez de Lara, and the three were soon laying plans for an invasion of Texas. Magee, smarting over his failure to be promoted, resigned from the United States Army on June 22, 1812, and immediately began recruiting the force later known as the Gutiérrez-Magee Expedition. Magee left Natchitoches on August 2, 1812, crossed the Sabine River on August 8, was joined by Gutiérrez two days later, and with the loot of Juan José Manuel Vicente Zambrano's convoy, entered Nacogdoches on August 12. About the middle of September the force occupied Trinidad on the Trinity River, where Magee became seriously ill, either with consumption or malarial fever, but he remained in actual command of the expedition until his death on February 6, 1813, at the presidio of Nuestra Señora de Loreto.
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, Robert Bruce Blake, "MAGEE, AUGUSTUS WILLIAM," accessed April 09, 2020, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fma12.
Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.