★ ★  Curtis, Samuel Ryan

Samuel Ryan Curtis

Born: February 3, 1805
S.R. Curtis 1.jpg


Birthplace:
Chaplain New York

Father: Zarah Curtis 1761 – 1849
(Buried: Mound View Cemetery, Mount Vernon, Ohio)​

Mother: Phally Yale 1762 – 1831
(Buried: Mound View Cemetery, Mount Vernon, Ohio)​

Wife: Belinda Buckingham 1812 – 1888
(Buried: Oakland Cemetery, Keokuk, Iowa)​

Children:

Amanda S. Curtis 1831 – 1834​
(Buried: Oakland Cemetery Keokuk Iowa)​
Major Henry Zarah Curtis 1836 – 1863​
(Buried: Oakland Cemetery Keokuk Iowa)​
Samuel Stephen Curtis 1838 – 1920​
(Buried: Oakland Cemetery Keokuk Iowa)​
Sarah Belinda Curtis 1842 – 1862​
(Buried: Oakland Cemetery Keokuk Iowa)​
G. Buckingham H. Curtis 1844 – 1851​
(Buried: Oakland Cemetery Keokuk Iowa)​
Yale Curtis 1851 – 1851​
(Buried: Oakland Cemetery Keokuk Iowa)​
Education:

1831: Graduated from West Point Military Academy – (27th in class)​

Occupation before War:
S.R. Curtis.jpg


1831 – 1832: Brevet 2nd Lt. United States Army, 7th Infantry Regiment​
1832: Frontier Duty at Fort Gibson Indian Territory​
1832: Resigned from United States Army on June 30th
1833 – 1836: Captain in Ohio State Militia​
1836 – 1841: Civilian Engineer in Ohio​
1837 – 1839: Chief Engineer, Muskingum River Improvement​
1837 – 1842: Lt. Colonel of Ohio State Militia​
1841 – 1846: Attorney in Ohio​
1843 – 1845: Colonel of Ohio State Militia​
1846: Adjutant General for the State of Ohio​
1846 – 1847: Colonel of 2nd Ohio Volunteers Infantry Regiment​
1847: Governor and Commandant of Camargo​
Served on the Staff of Brigadier General John E. Wool​
1847 – 1848: Military Governor of Saltillo, Mexico​
1847 – 1850: Chief Engineer, Des Moines River Improvement​
1850 – 1853: Chief Engineer, St. Louis Harbor and Public Works​
1853 – 1855: Chief Engineer of American Central Railroad Co.​
1855 – 1861: Attorney in Iowa​
1857 – 1861: United States Congressman from Iowa​
1857 – 1861: Member of U.S. House Committee on Military Affairs​
1858 – 1861: Member of U.S. House Committee on Pacific Railroad​
Civil War Career:

1861: Volunteer Aid on to Colonel Lefferts​
1861: Colonel of 2nd Iowa Infantry Regiment​
1861: Served in Military Occupation of Northern Missouri​
1861 – 1862: Brigadier General Union Army Volunteers​
1861: Commander of Camp of Instruction at Jefferson Barracks​
1861: Commander of Camp of Instruction at Benton Barracks​
1861: Commander of Camp of Instruction in St. Louis, Missouri​
1861 – 1862: Commander of Southwestern Missouri District​
1862: Commander of Union Army of the Southwest​
1862: Served in the Skirmish at Pierson’s Creek, Missouri​
1862: Served in the Occupation of Springfield, Missouri​
1862: Union Army Commander Battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas​
1862: Suffered from dysentery at Pea Ridge, Arkansas​
1862 – 1866: Major General Union Army Volunteers Infantry​
1862: Served in the Occupation of Helena, Arkansas​
1862: President of the Pacific Railroad Convention in Chicago​
1862 – 1863: Commander of the Union Army Department of Missouri​
1864 – 1865: Commander of the Union Army Department of Kansas​
1865: Recovered from injured arms he received in a fall​
1865: Commander of the Union Army Department of the Northwest​
1865: United States Commissioner negotiate with Native Americans​
1865 – 1866: U.S. Commissioner to examine Union Pacific Railroad​
1866: Mustered out of the Union Army on April 30th

Occupation after War:

1866: Served as U.S. Commissioner to Examine Union Pacific Railroad​

Died: December 26, 1866

Place of Death: Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cause of Death:
Strain and exposure to the elements

Age at time of Death:
60 years old

Burial Place: Oakland Cemetery, Keokuk, Iowa
 
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Belfoured

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Good information about a very under-rated officer. I've always thought that his age may have played a role in keeping him out west while several others were tabbed for Virginia.
 

Belfoured

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I'm guessing that Curtis succeeded Pope as commander of the Northwest?
Yes - Pope got effectively promoted to the new Division of the Missouri (which included at the time the Dept' of the Northwest).
 

Luke Freet

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Samuel Ryan Curtis

Born: February 3, 1805View attachment 343971

Birthplace:
Chaplain New York

Father: Zarah Curtis 1761 – 1849
(Buried: Mound View Cemetery, Mount Vernon, Ohio)​

Mother: Phally Yale 1762 – 1831
(Buried: Mound View Cemetery, Mount Vernon, Ohio)​

Wife: Belinda Buckingham 1812 – 1888
(Buried: Oakland Cemetery, Keokuk, Iowa)​

Children:

Amanda S. Curtis 1831 – 1834​
(Buried: Oakland Cemetery Keokuk Iowa)​
Major Henry Zarah Curtis 1836 – 1863​
(Buried: Oakland Cemetery Keokuk Iowa)​
Samuel Stephen Curtis 1838 – 1920​
(Buried: Oakland Cemetery Keokuk Iowa)​
Sarah Belinda Curtis 1842 – 1862​
(Buried: Oakland Cemetery Keokuk Iowa)​
G. Buckingham H. Curtis 1844 – 1851​
(Buried: Oakland Cemetery Keokuk Iowa)​
Yale Curtis 1851 – 1851​
(Buried: Oakland Cemetery Keokuk Iowa)​
Education:

1831: Graduated from West Point Military Academy – (27th in class)​

Occupation before War:View attachment 343972

1831 – 1832: Brevet 2nd Lt. United States Army, 7th Infantry Regiment​
1832: Frontier Duty at Fort Gibson Indian Territory​
1832: Resigned from United States Army on June 30th
1833 – 1836: Captain in Ohio State Militia​
1836 – 1841: Civilian Engineer in Ohio​
1837 – 1839: Chief Engineer, Muskingum River Improvement​
1837 – 1842: Lt. Colonel of Ohio State Militia​
1841 – 1846: Attorney in Ohio​
1843 – 1845: Colonel of Ohio State Militia​
1846: Adjutant General for the State of Ohio​
1846 – 1847: Colonel of 2nd Ohio Volunteers Infantry Regiment​
1847: Governor and Commandant of Camargo​
Served on the Staff of Brigadier General John E. Wool​
1847 – 1848: Military Governor of Saltillo, Mexico​
1847 – 1850: Chief Engineer, Des Moines River Improvement​
1850 – 1853: Chief Engineer, St. Louis Harbor and Public Works​
1853 – 1855: Chief Engineer of American Central Railroad Co.​
1855 – 1861: Attorney in Iowa​
1857 – 1861: United States Congressman from Iowa​
1857 – 1861: Member of U.S. House Committee on Military Affairs​
1858 – 1861: Member of U.S. House Committee on Pacific Railroad​
Civil War Career:

1861: Volunteer Aid on to Colonel Lefferts​
1861: Colonel of 2nd Iowa Infantry Regiment​
1861: Served in Military Occupation of Northern Missouri​
1861 – 1862: Brigadier General Union Army Volunteers​
1861: Commander of Camp of Instruction at Jefferson Barracks​
1861: Commander of Camp of Instruction at Benton Barracks​
1861: Commander of Camp of Instruction in St. Louis, Missouri​
1861 – 1862: Commander of Southwestern Missouri District​
1862: Commander of Union Army of the Southwest​
1862: Served in the Skirmish at Pierson’s Creek, Missouri​
1862: Served in the Occupation of Springfield, Missouri​
1862: Union Army Commander Battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas​
1862: Suffered from dysentery at Pea Ridge, Arkansas​
1862 – 1866: Major General Union Army Volunteers Infantry​
1862: Served in the Occupation of Helena, Arkansas​
1862: President of the Pacific Railroad Convention in Chicago​
1862 – 1863: Commander of the Union Army Department of Missouri​
1864 – 1865: Commander of the Union Army Department of Kansas​
1865: Recovered from injured arms he received in a fall​
1865: Commander of the Union Army Department of the Northwest​
1865: United States Commissioner negotiate with Native Americans​
1865 – 1866: U.S. Commissioner to examine Union Pacific Railroad​
1866: Mustered out of the Union Army on April 30th

Occupation after War:

1866: Served as U.S. Commissioner to Examine Union Pacific Railroad​

Died: December 26, 1866

Place of Death: Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cause of Death:
Strain and exposure to the elements

Age at time of Death:
60 years old

Burial Place: Oakland Cemetery, Keokuk, Iowa
One of the many successful Union field commanders who got railroaded because of Halleck.
 
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