Remington, Ambert O. | Tulane University Special Collections
Ambert Remington was born in July 1842 to a farming family near Auburn, New York. He enlisted with the Union army on September 21st 1861 and was placed in the New York 75th Infantry Company. His career in the military took him to Fort Pickens on Santa Rosa Island near Pensacola, Florida and the area surrounding New Orleans. Remington suffered a “severe wound” to his right arm during a skirmish near Port Hudson in June of 1863. The resulting amputation of his arm led to his death three days later on June 17th.
Remington's parents would send him items in the mail (arriving in large boxes that repeatedly gave Ambert so much pleasure) which he would then sell to civilians or other soldiers. Some of the money was sent home, some of it stayed with Remington (perhaps spent on his one admitted vice: cigars). Remington planned on returning home following the war to work with his father and eventually inherit the same farm he grew up on, a plan thwarted by his death in June of 1863.