Greely S. Curtis

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Greely Stevenson Curtis, Sr.
Born November 21, 1830
Boston, Massachusetts
Died February 12, 1897
Boston, Massachusetts
Place of burial Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Allegiance United StatesUnion
Service/branch Union Army
Years of service 1861 – 1865
Rank Lieutenant Colonel
Commands held 1st Massachusetts Volunteer Cavalry Regiment
Battles/wars American Civil War
Awards Brevet Brigadier General
Other work Boston fire commissioner, 1876–1878

Greely Stevenson Curtis (November 21, 1830 – February 12, 1897) was a volunteer officer in the Union Army during the American Civil War.

Early life and education[edit]

Greely Stevenson Curtis was born November 21, 1830 at Boston, Massachusetts.[1] His brother was James F. Curtis who was Colonel of the 4th California Volunteer Infantry Regiment and also was awarded the honorary grade of brevet brigadier general for faithful and meritorious services during the war.[1]

Civil War service[edit]

Curtis was a captain in the 2nd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment. He became lieutenant colonel and commander of the 1st Massachusetts Volunteer Cavalry.[1]

On March 28, 1867, President Andrew Johnson nominated Curtis for the award of the honorary grade of brevet brigadier general, United States Volunteers, to rank from March 13, 1865, for gallant and meritorious services during the war,[1] and the U.S. Senate confirmed the award on March 30, 1867.[2]

Post-war life[edit]

After the war, Curtis was a civil engineer, architect and fire commissioner of Boston between 1876 and 1878. Greely S. Curtis died February 12, 1897 at Boston, Massachusetts. He is buried at Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Hunt, Roger D. and Brown, Jack R. Brevet Brigadier Generals in Blue. Gaithersburg, MD: Olde Soldier Books, Inc., 1990. ISBN 1-56013-002-4. p. 142.
  2. ^ Eicher, John H., and David J. Eicher, Civil War High Commands. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2001. ISBN 0-8047-3641-3. p. 743


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