Maj Gen Greeley S Curtis was born 21 November 1830 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts to F Curtis and Isabella Stephenson (1800-1875) and died 12 February 1897 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts of unspecified causes. He married Harriet Sumner Appleton (1841-1923) 17 November 1863 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.


Greely Stevenson Curtis was a volunteer officer in the Union Army during the American Civil War.

Early life and education

Greely Stevenson Curtis was born November 21, 1830 at Boston, Massachusetts. 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.

Civil War service

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

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.

Post-war life

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.

Marriage and Family

His wife was Harriet Sumner Appleton (1841-1923) of the noble Appleton Family of Boston Brahmin stature.


Offspring of Maj Gen Greeley S Curtis and Harriet Sumner Appleton (1841-1923)
Name Birth Death Joined with
William Stevenson Curtis (1867-1899)
Frances Greely Curtis (1867-1957)
Eleanor Curtis (1869-1947)
Greeley Stevenson Curtis (1871-1947)
Isabell Curtis (1872-1966)
Harry Appleton Curtis (1875-1943)
Frazier Curtis (1876-1940)
James Freeman Curtis (1878-1952)
Harriot Curtis (1881-1974)
Margaret Curtis (1883-1965)


See also

United States Army
American Civil War
  • List of Massachusetts generals in the American Civil War
  • Massachusetts in the American Civil War
  • 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.


Footnotes (including sources)


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