Charles H. Curtiss Papers,
1854,1926, and undated
Charles Henry Curtiss, also spelled Curtis, was born in 1837 in Huntington, Shelton, Connecticut. He moved to Detroit, Michigan, in 1855 and worked in a Glower and Fitch store. In early 1860, he planned to sell sewing machines. Curtiss served in the 7th Infantry as Quarter-Master Sergeant for three years beginning in 1861 at the age of 23. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in Co. E in 1862, detailed as adjutant in January 1863, and was commissioned as First Lieutenant in February 1863. By August 1863 he was Aide-de-Camp to Colonel Carroll. He was commissioned Captain in March 1864. In June 1864, he was honorably discharged. Curtiss married Fannie Spencer from Connecticut, who was a school teacher. They lived in Detroit. (This information is from the Regimental History of the 7th Infantry and old findings aids).