War Between the States

Awarded the Medal of Honor for gallantry at the capture of Fort Fisher, N.C.

U.S. Congressman from New York

Autograph Letter Signed


(1835-1910) The son of a veteran of the War of 1812, Curtis was born in De Peyster, N.Y. Upon the fall of Fort Sumter, he was commissioned captain of the 16th New York Infantry. He was severely wounded during the Virginia peninsula campaign in May 1862, saw action at Cold Harbor and Petersburg, Va., and was awarded the Medal of Honor for his gallantry at the capture of Fort Fisher, N.C., where he was the first Union soldier inside the Rebel works. Curtis was very active after the Civil War serving as a customs collector, special agent for the Treasury Department, member of the New York State Assembly, member of the U.S. Congress, and author of the book, "From Bull Run to Chancellorsville."

Autograph Letter Signed: 1 1/3 pages, 7 1/2 x 9 1/2, in ink, on imprinted letter sheet of the U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. The letter was written on July 10, 1893, from Ogdensburg, N.Y., to the proprietor of a Utica, N.Y. hotel, and regards an examination. He states that the examination is to be held at the hotel on the 27th, and that he will be there with three members of the committee. He closes the letter by saying that he expects to conclude the examination so as to leave by the afternoon train on the 27th. Nice large signature, N.M. Curtis, written below his closing. Very fine.

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