Augustus was the eighth child in the family. As he grew, he would have been involved with helping with the farm. The Smith family farmed in Montgomery Township until about 1855. Then they moved to Sandusky Township, Sandusky County, Ohio, somewhere near Fremont. On the 1860 Ohio Federal Census, Augustus, age nineteen, was attending school while his brothers who were living at home, were working on the family farm.Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in The War of the Rebellion 1861-1866, Volume 6, page 106.
The Smith men enlisted for service in the Civil War. Augustus, along with brothers, Ezra and William all enlisted with Company F, 72nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Army. Augustus enlisted on November 25, 1861 for a three year term. He mustered in at Camp Chase, Ohio on February 18, 1862. He mustered out on September 11, 1865 at Vicksburg, Mississippi. Of the three brothers, only Augustus returned. Ezra and William both died within several months of service.
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