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.