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Gen James E. Curtiss
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Birth: Oct. 1, 1840
Herkimer County
New York, USA
Death: 1901

This distinguished soldier, whom Buffalo is proud to number among its prominent citizens, is one of the heroes of the late Civil War, having nobly fought for his country's flag from 1861 until the close of the war in 1865, when he was honorably discharged with the rank of Brigadier-general. Mohawk, Herkimer county. New York, had the honor of being his birthplace on October i, 1840. He received his education at his native place in the public schools and at Cazenovia academy, after which he spent a few years in commercial life, as clerk in a store. At the age of twenty-one he enlisted in the Thirty-fourth regiment. New York. From this regiment he received
his discharge in 1862, having been commissioned by the Governor of the State to raise a company of the I52d New York Volunteer Infantry, which regiment was organized at Mohawk, and mustered in on October 14, 1862, and in which he received his first commission as Captain of Company C. Thus commenced a brilliant record of faithful service to his country during the terrible years of the Rebellion. The newly-formed regiment left the State for Washington, D. C, on October 26, 1862, and was attached to the provisional brigade of Abercrombie's division on the defences of Washington until February, 1863, after which it was brigaded with the Twenty-second Corps, district of Washington, until April. From that time until June the regiment served with Ferry's brigade, Corcoran's division, participating in the siege of Suffolk, Virginia, and the actions at Carrsville, Windsor, Dix's Peninsular campaign, the expedition to Bottom's Bridge, and serving at New York City, where it did efficient service during the draft riots. On October 18 it was ordered to join the Army of the Potomac for service in the field. Major Curtiss, having received promotion to that rank February 4, 1863, served with his regiment in the Mine Run campaign until December, and on December 24 was detached for duty as acting assistant adjutant-general of brigade until August, 1864. With his brigade he fought through the campaign from the Rapidan to the James, the battles of the Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Laurel Hill, Spottsylvania Court House, Bloody Angle, Landron House, Milford Station, Tolopotomy, Cold Harbor, the siege of Petersburg, battle of Jerusalem Plank Road, and Deep Bottom. At the action at Strawberry Plains, Deep Bottom, his horse was killed under him and he received a wound, which did not, however, prevent him from returning to duty three days afterwards. He was also wounded at the siege of Petersburg and at Ream's Station'. After the action at Ream's Station he was appointed Brigade Inspector, which position he held until he took command of his regiment as Lieutenant-colonel in November, 1864. He was at Fort Sedgwick, Dabney's Mills, Fort Fisher, Petersburg, through the Appomattox campaign, and as full Colonel he commanded his regiment at Hatcher's Run, Boydton Road, and White Oak Ridge, fall of Petersburg, Sailors' Creek, High Bridge, Farmville, and the surrender of Lee and his army at Appomattox Court House. "For faithful and meritorious services during the war" he was promoted to the rank of Brevet Brigadier-general on the recommendation of Generals Hancock, Barlow, Smith, and Eagan, his commission bearing date March 13, 1865. He joined in the march to Washington and the grand review in that city on May 23, 1865, and on June 22, was appointed Acting Inspector-general of the Second Army Corps to muster out. As Brigadier-general, and under twenty-five years of age, he was mustered out on July 13, 1865, receiving honorable discharge after a service which reflected honor on himself and his country.
At this time he was recommended for a commission in the regular army by General F. C. Barber in a letter to the Secretary of War, which was couched in the strongest terms of commendation of his past service. He however declined to accept. His commissions bear the autographs of President Andrew Johnson and Generals Morgan, Fenton, and Seymour. The staff appointments held by him successively were: Assistant Adjutant-general, First brigade. Second division. Second Army Corps; Assistant Adjutant-general, Second division, Second Army Corps; Assistant Inspector -general. First brigade. Second division, Second Army Corps; Assistant Inspector-general, Second brigade. Second Army Corps ; same. Second division of same, and same of Second Army Corps; Ambulance officer of Fourth Army Corps on the staff of General Keys. He was specially detailed as a member of court-martial at Chain Bridge, Virginia; also assigned with company to United States Engineer Corps for construction of Fort Ethan Allan, Virginia; a member of general court-martial under the presidency of General Hancock, in front of Petersburg, Virginia; general courtmartial for trial of deserters at Brandy Station, Virginia; and president of general court-martial at Fort Hamilton, New York Harbor.
Laying aside the sword, which he had wielded so well, he betook himself to the arts of peace and first located at Little Falls, where he entered into the clothing business and remained there until 1877, when he removed to Canandaigua, continuing in the same line. In 1882 he came to Buffalo, where he commenced the manufacture of gloves and mitts and the jobbing of furnishing goods. His premises were located on Exchange street and were, during his absence at New York, destroyed in the memorable fire of 1887. He then established himself in the real estate business at 122 Franklin street, the firm being now Curtiss & Meister, having taken Mr. John D. Meister into partnership in 1895. General Curtiss has always taken an
active interest in public affiairs and in 1895 was appointed commissioner of police, a position for which he was well qualified by his military experience and in which he has served the city well. He is a director of the
Columbia National bank, a member of the Buffalo, Ellicott Square, and Otowega clubs, and of the Republican League. He also holds membership in the Society Army of the Potomac; Military Order Loyal Legion, United States ; and is post commander. Post 19, New York, Grand Army of the Republic. He was married on November 19, 1867, to Miss Fanny Burch, daughter of Hon. H. M. Burch of Little Falls, and has a son and a daughter to inherit their father's well-earned fame.

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  Fannie S. Burch Curtiss (1843 - 1927)
Forest Lawn Cemetery
Erie County
New York, USA
Plot: Section 20
Created by: Jay Boone
Record added: Mar 31, 2011
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Gen James E. Curtiss
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Gen James E. Curtiss
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Gen James E. Curtiss
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Companion #01772 - Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the U.S.
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 Added: Apr. 16, 2011

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