Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Charles H. Curtiss Papers

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Charles H. Curtiss Papers,
Creator: Curtiss, Charles H., 1837-
Inclusive dates: 1854,1926, and undated
Extent: 1.5 cubic feet (in 3 boxes)
The papers include family correspondence before, during, and after the Civil War, photographs, muster rolls, lists of military supplies and men.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

No Acc#

Access Restrictions:

Charles H. Curtiss Papers are open for research.


Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Charles H. Curtiss Papers, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement is alphabetical and chronological.



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).

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Papers include his personal and family correspondence, 1854-1878 and 1882-1926, mostly with his parents, brother (Frank), sister (Maggie), and his bride, or soon to be wife (Fannie Spencer). There are four diaries, 1860-1864, which like his letters discuss marches, battles, General McClellan and General Hooker, the treatment of soldiers, and cadets shot for desertion. Letters prior to and after the Civil War discuss life and business in Detroit. Part of the collection includes eleven muster rolls of Company E, 7th Michigan Infantry, June 1861-August 1863, and nine monthly returns, October 1862-September 1863. These are now separately housed with the collection of oversized Civil War muster rolls. Lists of military supplies and men killed may be found in Curtiss’ 1864 diary. There are also photographs of Curtiss and one of Fannie, including one of her in a 1855 New Testament. An illustration of the Curtiss homestead is found in one April 1907 issue of the Huntington Hills (p.3). Lastly, item index cards are available to assist researchers.

Subject Terms

    • United States. Army. Indian Infantry Regiment, 47th, Company E.
    • Lumber trade--History--Michigan.
    • Lumber trade--History--Michigan--Osceola County.
    • Lumber trade--History--Michigan--Ashton.
    • Lumber trade--History--Michigan--LeRoy.
    • Fort Wayne (Ind.)
    • Osceola County (Mich.)--History.
    • LeRoy (Osceola County, Mich. : Township)
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Charles H. Curtiss Papers. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Affidavit, 1908
    Box   1 F   2
    Biographical Materials, undated
    Box   1 F   3
    Diaries (4 volumes), 1860-1864
    Box   1 F   4
    Letters, 1854-1857
    Box   1 F   5
    Letters, 1858-1859
    Box   1 F   6
    Letters, 1860-1861
    Box   1 F   7
    Letters, 1862
    Box   1 F   8
    Letters, 1863
    Box   1 F   9
    Letters, 1864
    Box   1 F   10
    Letters, 1865
    Box   2 F   1
    Letters, 1866
    Box   2 F   2
    Letters, January-June 1867
    Box   2 F   3
    Letters, July-December 1867
    Box   2 F   4
    Letters, January-June 1868
    Box   2 F   5
    Letters, July-December 1868
    Box   3 F   1
    Letters, January-August 1869
    Box   3 F   2
    Letters, September-December 1869
    Box   3 F   3
    Letters, 1870-1871
    Box   3 F   4
    Letters, 1872
    Box   3 F   5
    Letters, 1874-1878
    Box   3 F   6
    Letters, 1882-1926 (Scattered)
    Box   3 F   7
    Letters, undated
    Box   3 F   8
    Newspaper Clippings, Programs, Huntington Hills, 1868-1923 (Scattered), undated
    Box   3 F   9
    Photographs (8), undated
    Box   3 F   10
    Religious Books and Notes (New Testament, 1855, has a photograph of Fannie Curtiss), 1855, 1859, 1861
    Box   3 F   11
    Teachers Grade Book (probably Fannie Spencer's), 1862-1865
    F   1  
    Oversized Folder, Muster Rolls (11) of Company E, 7th Michigan Volunteer Infantry, June 1861-August 1863
    F   2  
    Oversized Folder, Monthly Returns (9) of Company E, 7th Michigan Volunteer Infantry, October 1862-September 1863