Ancestry.com. U.S., Colored Troops Military Service Records, 1861-1865
What I find interesting about this is that I think one of the reasons Augustus's father and grandfather left the Azores was to avoid military service back in the Azores. The Azorian government in around 1800 put into law that any 14 year old male would have to enlist in the Portuguese Army for a period of time. Life in the military there would have meant very little money for the enlisted man or his family and more than likely that they would be shipped off to mainland Portugal away from all that they held dear. Now here comes Augustus joining the military. I am sure there was mixed bag of emotions and thoughts going on within the family regarding this. Since Augustus was 1/2 Black and 1/2 Portuguese, he lived his life as a black man according to the norms of our country at that time and felt the need to help his people. Also, the possibility of pay that could help him and his extended family during the extremely difficult times of the Civil War, probably was a motivating factor for him to enlist. Whatever his motivation, I salute the man for his service to our country.