A Guide to the Daniel Curtis Collection, 1864 Curtis, Daniel Collection Ms2013-047

Daniel Curtis Collection, 1864

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2013-047


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Processed by: Hannah Bochain, Student Assistant and Kira A. Dietz, Archivist, Special Collections

Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Daniel Curtis Collection, 1864
Physical Characteristics
0.1 cu. ft. 1 folder
Curtis, Daniel S., 1st District of Columbia Cavalry
The collection consists of an unbound diary, marching orders, and an itemized list of purchases kept by Daniel Curtis in May 1864.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Daniel Curtis Collection must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Daniel Curtis Collection, Ms2013-047, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Daniel Curtis collection was purchased by Special Collections in July 2013.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Daniel Curtis Collection was completed in August 2013.

Biographical Note

Daniel S. Curtis enlisted as a First Lieutenant in the Union Army on September 2, 1862. Originally part of the Twenty Eight Regiment Wisconsin Volunteers, Curtis became part of the 1st D.C. Cavalry (Baker's Cavalry) in May 21, 1863 where he worked as a recruiter. In the spring of 1864, Baker's Cavalry was sent to Virginia. In August of 1864, Curtis mustered into the field staff of the 1st Maine Cavalry. On July 5, 1866, Curtis was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Curtis died in 1890.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of an unbound diary, marching orders, and an itemized list of purchases. The diary entries are dated from May 5 through May 31, 1864. During this time, Curtis and the 1st District of Columbia Cavalry were sent to assist with the campaign at Bermuda Hundred, Virginia. Curtis' diary begins as he records the regiment's movements around the state of Virginia before they arrived to aid in the campaign. The marching orders and list of purchases both date to May 4, 1864.


The collection is arranged chronologically.

Index Terms


  • Civil War
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Diaries
  • Genre and Form Terms:

  • Diaries.

Contents List

Folder 1
Collection, May 1864

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Curtis, Daniel S., 1st District of Columbia Cavalry