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AGNUS, Felix, soldier, born in Lyons, France, 4 July, 1839. He was educated at College Jolie Clair, near Paris, and in 1852 set out on a voyage around the world, spending four years in that manner. In 1860 he came to the United States, and at the beginning of the civil war enlisted in Duryea's 5th New York zouaves. At the battle of Big Bethel he saved the life of General Judson Kilpatrick, and was promoted to 2d lieutenant. He aided in raising the 165th New York volunteers, in which he was given the color company. In the autumn of 1862 his regiment was sent to Louisiana, and he took part in the siege of Port Hudson, where he was promoted major and for a time had command of his regiment. Subsequently he served in Texas, and, after attaining the rank of lieutenant-colonel, was ordered to the 19th corps, and served under General Philip H. Sheridan, taking part in the battles of Opequan, Fisher's Hill, Winchester, and Cedar Creek. His last service was in the Department of the South, where he was commissioned to dismantle the old Confederate forts in South Caroling, Georgia, and Florida, and turn all the property over to the United States government. He received the brevet of brigadier-general of volunteers on 13 March, 1865, and was mustered out of service oil 22 August, 1865. On resuming civil life he was given charge of the business department of the Baltimore "24merican," and he has since become its publisher.
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