Biography of Brig. Gen. James E. Curtiss


Curtiss, Brig. Gen. James E., Buffalo, was born at Mohawk, Herkimer county, N. Y., October 1, 1840, was educated in the public schools and at Cazenovia Academy, and spent a few years as a clerk in a general store. At the age of twenty one he enlisted in the 34th N. Y. Vols. and was honorably discharged in 1862, having been commissioned by the governor of New York to raise a company of the 152d N. Y. Vol. Inf., which was formed at Mohawk and mustered in October 14, 1862. He was commissioned captain of Co. C, was promoted to major February 4, 1863, and from December 24, 1863, to August, 1864, was acting assistant adjutant-general of his brigade. Later he was appointed brigade, division and corps inspector and in November. 1864. became lieutenant-colonel and afterward colonel of his regiment. On recommendation of Generals Barlow, Hancock, Eagan and Smyth, he was brevetted brigadier general March 13, 1865, and was mustered out with that rank on July 13, following. General Curtiss participated in the battles of Suffolk, Va., and Mine Run, and then went with his regiment to New York to help suppress the draft riots. His regiment was the first to reach New York on that occasion. Returning to the army of the Potomac he was in the battles of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Bloody Angle, Laurel Hill, Milford Station, Tolopotomy, Cold Harbor, siege of Petersburg, Deep Bottom, Reams Station and others, to Appomattox and the surrender of Lee. and was three times wounded. His war record is a very brilliant one. He declined a commission in the regular army and after the war settled in Little Falls, N. Y., where he was engaged in the clothing trade until 1877. He then removed to Canandaigua and followed the same business until 1882, when he came to Buffalo and engaged in the manufacture of gloves and mitts and in jobbing furnishing goods on Exchange street till he was burned out in 1877. Since then he has been engaged in the real estate business at 122 Franklin street. General Curtiss was appointed a police comissioner in 1895 and still serves in that capacity. He is a director of the Columbia National Bank, past commander of Galpin Post No. 19, G. A. R., of Little Falls, and a member of the Buffalo, Ellicott and Otewega Clubs, the Society of the Army of the Potomac and the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. November 19, 1867, he married Fanny, daughter of Hon. H. M. Burch of Little Falls, N. Y., and they have two children: Frances S. and Horace B.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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