Civil War Letters

Lieutenant Augustus Proseus

Lieutenant Augustus Proseus was born in 1836 and lived in Sodus. He tragically was killed at the Battle of Gettysburg on the second day of the battle on July 2, 1863. His heroism at the time of his death is extensive and has been well documented. He was buried in the Sodus Rural Cemetery (see photos below). His mother applied for a Mother’s pension after his death and as a result, we have 14 letters that he sent home that she used to prove he was financially supporting her. He has a number of descendants that still live in the area including Glenn Proseus and Barbara Bissell-Erway. Barbara supplied me images of the 14 letters. Additionally, Marj Perez (former Wayne County Historian) did a wonderful job of summarizing and transcribing these letters…..


Read Marj Perez’s summation and transcription of the letters by clicking this link:


View the images of the letters by clicking this link:


Click here to read his obituary which appeared in the Lyons Republican dated August 7, 1863:



The photos below are of the Proseus family marker and the gravestone of Augustus Proseus:





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