August Valentine Kautz was born in Germany and immigrated to Ohio as a child. He served as a private in the Mexican-American War and then attended West Point, graduating in 1852. August Kautz was wounded twice by Indians while serving as part of the infantry in the West. In the Civil War, he led cavalry units under Benjamin Butler as part of the Army of the James. In 1865 Kautz commanded African American troops and was active in the pursuit of Robert E. Lee. August served on the board that investigated the assassination of Lincoln. Later he was active in the Southwest, finally retiring in 1892. He authored many Army manuals on customs and duties that were adopted by the U.S. military.
This August Kautz mug is part of our Civil War Series profiling participants in the War Between the States. Thousands of Confederate and Union soldiers fought in battles such as Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, Cold Harbor and Petersburg. We honor their sacrifices by telling their stories.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
- Mugs are food and microwave safe.
- To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
- Mugs are usually shipped within 3-5 days.