Charles H. Curtiss Papers,   1854,1926, and undated
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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).