Buell, Augustus C., 1847-1904

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Augustus Caesar Buell was born in 1847, and fought in the Civil War as a member of Company L of the 20th New York Cavalry, having enlisted in August 21, 1863. Although he was promoted to corporal the following November, by April 1864 he had been demoted back to private. He was mustered out of service at the end of July 1865 and returned to New York. Buell was living in the area of Chittenango and Utica in upstate New York, near Syracuse, when he kept his diary/sketchbook, which contains entries dated 1867 and 1868. In 1890, Buell published a fraudulent Civil War memoir, "The Cannoneer," Story of a Private Soldier, in which he claimed to have fought in the Battle of Gettysburg in early July 1863. He would later find fame for his mostly fabricated biographies of naval hero John Paul Jones (1900) and President Andrew Jackson (1904). A spurious account of the life of William Penn was published shortly after Buell's death in 1904. His writings were debunked in "Augustus C. Buell, Fraudulent Historian" by Milton W. Hamilton in the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography v. LXXX (1956) and "Pursuing the Elusive 'Cannoneer'" by Silas Felton in Gettysburg Magazine, July 1993.

From the description of Augustus Caesar Buell Diary and Sketchbook, ca. 1867-1868. (University of California, Santa Barbara). WorldCat record id: 298983578

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referencedIn Thursfield, James R. (James Richard), 1840-1923. Paul Jones and the American Navy : errors of Buell's life handed on by recent English writer. Navy Department Library, Naval History & Heritage Command
creatorOf Buell, Augustus C., 1847-1904. Augustus Caesar Buell Diary and Sketchbook, ca. 1867-1868. University of California, Santa Barbara, UCSB Library
referencedIn Huntley, William Moscoe, 1902- ,. Papers of the Blackford family [manuscript], 1965-1969. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Augustus Caesar Buell Diary and Sketchbook, ca. 1867-1868 University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Department of Special Collections
referencedIn De Koven, Anna Farwell, 1860-1952. Paul Jones : to the editor of the Times. Navy Department Library, Naval History & Heritage Command
referencedIn Alfred and Elizabeth Brand Collection of Civil War and Lee Family Papers, 1757-1925, (bulk 1838-1868) David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn Sarah Orne Jewett correspondence, 1861-1930. Houghton Library.
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correspondedWith Brand, Elizabeth D., collector. person
correspondedWith Brand, R. Alfred III, collector. person
associatedWith De Koven, Anna Farwell, 1860-1952. person
correspondedWith Jewett, Sarah Orne, 1849-1909 person
associatedWith Thursfield, James R. (James Richard), 1840-1923. person
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Birth 1847-09-04

Death 1904-05-23


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