Gaujot, Antoine and Julien E. Gaujot Papers

Antoine Gaujot and Julien E. Gaujot Papers, 1840-1999 Ms.1992.046


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Nicole Hancock, Student Assistant and Kira A. Dietz, Archivist

Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
Ms.1992.046
Title
Antoine Gaujot and Julien E. Gaujot Papers,1840-1999
URL:
http://ead.lib.virginia.edu/vivaxtf/view?docId=vt/viblbv01731.xml
Quantity
0.5 Cubic Feet 1 box
Creator
Gaujot family
Creator
Coulter, John A., 1953-
Language
The materials in the collection are in English.
Abstract
The Antoine Gaujot and Julien E. Gaujot Papers contains the papers of two brothers who both attended Virginia Tech and received the Medal of Honor. The collection includes articles, correspondence, military documents, and research from about 1840-1999.

Administrative Information

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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: [identification of item], [box], [folder], Antoine Gaujot and Julien E. Gaujot Papers, Ms1992-046, Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Source of Acquisition

The Antoine Gaujot and Julien E. Gaujot Papers was donated in part in 1992 and part in 2000.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Antoine Gaujot and Julien E. Gaujot Papers was completed in November 2013.


Biographical Note

Julian Edmond Victor Gaujot and Antoine August Michel Gaujot are brothers who both attended Virginia Tech and received the Medal of Honor. There are only a few brothers to receive the Medal and the only set of brothers to receive from different wars.

Antoine August Michel Gaujot attended VAMC 1896-97 (class of 1900, non-graduate). He received "the medal for actions as an army corporal at the Battle of San Mateo during the Philippine Insurrection. He made persistent effort under heavy enemy rifle fire to locate a ford in order to help his unit cross the swollen river to attack. Unable to accomplish this he swam with a companion again under fire and against a dangerous current across the river to the enemy side. There, he secured an enemy canoe and returned it to the friendly side of the river."

Julien E. Gaujot attended Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College (VAMC) from 1889-90, class of 1893; now Virginia Tech. After Antoine earned his medal, "Julien, his brother and a regular army officer, became obsessed with his brother's achievement. Referring to Antoine, Julien said 'He wears it for a watch fob, the damn civilian, I got to get me one of them things for myself if I bust.' Julien Gaujot received the medal for actions on the Mexican Border in 1914. He is the only soldier ever awarded the Medal for actions of a peacekeeping nature. In Douglas, Arizona, stray bullets from fighting among Mexican rebels and government troops caused American casualties. Julien Gaujot crossed the border under heavy fire. He moved between the two groups of belligerents for an hour, amongst heavy fire. This secured the safe passage of the Mexican soldiers and American prisoners over the border to the United States. His actions saved five Americans taken prisoner by the Mexicans, 25 Mexican soldiers plus Americans and Mexican rebels who would have died in continued fighting."

Sources: VT Medal of Honor Winners

Scope and Contents

The Antoine Gaujot and Julien E. Gaujot Papers contains the papers of two brothers who both attended Virginia Tech and received the Medal of Honor, and the collection includes articles, correspondences, military documents, and photographs.

Julien Gaujot's papers consist of copies from Julien Gaujot's military file giving testimony towards his bravery and service at Agua Prieta, Mexico, on April 13, 1911, and documents awarding him the medal in August 1912. Antoine Gaujot papers include citations and military service, information regarding Antoine's murder by Julien's son in 1936, photographs, correspondence, Lt. Col. John Coulter's notes (for book on Virginia Tech Medal of Honor winners) with descriptions of battles and newspaper articles. Some parts of the collection include photocopies of the originals.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Gaujot, Antoine August Michel, 1878-1936
  • Gaujot, Julian Edmond Victor, 1874-1938
  • Medal of Honor
  • University Archives
  • University History
  • Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute (1896-1944)
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute (1944-1970)

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Antoine Gaujot and Julien E. Gaujot Papers by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Coulter, John A., 1953-
  • Gaujot, Antoine August Michel, 1878-1936
  • Gaujot, Julian Edmond Victor, 1874-1938

Container List

box-folder 1 folder: 1
Articles,
1920-1999
box-folder 1 folder: 2
Medal of Honor,
1956
box-folder 1 folder: 3
Family Records,
1840-1994
box-folder 1 folder: 4
Military Documents,
1912-1998
box-folder 1 folder: 5
Spanish/Mexican War,
1912, n.d.
box-folder 1 folder: 6
Philippine War,
1899-1975
box-folder 1 folder: 7
Correspondence,
1991-1999
box-folder 1 folder: 8
Coal Mining Wars,
1969
box-folder 1 folder: 9
Photographs,
1991