SIGNED BUST VIEW CDV OF MEDAL OF HONOR WINNER AND AUTHOR OF 16TH NEW YORK REGIMENTAL HISTORY BY BRADY

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Image shows Newton M. Curtis in a dark frock coat with what looks like Captains shoulder straps. The image is a vignette view which makes the straps a bit light.

Image is sharp with good contrast. Below image is a bold period ink signature that reads “N. M. CURTIS.” Bottom front of the mount is marked “BRADY” and “WASHINGTON.”

Reverse s blank.

A published biography reads:

Newton Martin Curtis was born in De Peyster, St. Lawrence county, N. Y., May 2I, 1835. He was educated in the common schools and at the Gouverneur, N. Y., Wesleyan seminary, and became prominent in local Democratic circles, being postmaster in his home town I857-6I, and candidate for the assembly in 1860.  He enrolled a volunteer company, April I4, I86I, was commissioned captain on May 7, and served with the Army of the Potomac.  He participated in the first battle of Bull Run, July 2I, I86I; was severely wounded at West Point, Va., May 7, 1862; was promoted lieutenant-colonel in Oct., 1862, and colonel of the 142nd N. Y. volunteers in Jan., 1863, and was assigned to command a brigade in June, 1864, after the battle of Cold Harbor, in which he had commanded a brigade whose leader was killed in action.  He advanced with his brigade on Petersburg, June I5, 1864, and took part in all the operations before Petersburg and Richmond until Dec. 5, when he was assigned to the first expedition against Fort Fisher.  For his services at the capture of Fort Fisher in Jan., 1865, when he was several times wounded, losing his left eye on account of one of the wounds, he was promoted brigadier-general on the field, and thanked by the legislature of New York State. He was brevetted major-general of volunteers, March I3, 1865, and assigned to duty as chief of staff to Gen. E. O. C. Ord, was given command of southwestern Virginia, with headquarters at Lynchburg, July I, 1865, and was mustered out there Jan. I5, 1866. After the war Gen. Curtis was collector of customs; special agent of the U. S. treasury department; member of the New York assembly, I884-90; and representative in Congress from I89I to 1897.

He was Mustered Out on 1/24/1865 and died 1/8/1910 in New York, NY

He was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on 1/15/1865 at Fort Fisher, NC. For being the first man through the stockade and he led each assault on the traverses.  [ad]

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