The Daniel S. Curtis Papers consist of documents relating to Curtis' service as a Union soldier in the American Civil War. A few letters date to his service with the 28th Wisconsin Volunteers. Several original letters from Lafayette C. Baker, a specialist in military intelligence and commander of the 1st District of Columbia Cavalry, to Curtis are retained. Those particular letters concern Curtis' recruiting for Baker's unit, especially in the state of Maine, and orders sent to Curtis. Some of the letters were sent from Union locations in Virginia and touch on matters of supplies for the army. A few items relate to Curtis' involvement in the Grand Army of the Republic veterans' association. A number of army commissions received by Curtis are also contained in the collection.
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Daniel S. Curtis was a Union soldier during the American Civil War. On September 2, 1862, he enlisted in the Union army, serving in the 28th Regiment of the Wisconsin Volunteers. In 1863, Curtis transferred to the 1st District of Columbia Cavalry, known as Baker's Cavalry in honor of its commander Lafayette C. Baker. Curtis participated as a recruiter for the unit. Baker's Cavalry was sent to Virginia in the spring of 1864. In August of that same year, Curtis joined the 1st Maine Cavalry. Curtis became a Lieutenant Colonel on July 5, 1866. He died in 1890.