CDV- Lt. Col. Samuel S. Curtis, 2nd Colorado Cavalry – SOLD

Also commissioned into the 2nd Colorado Cavalry, 1863-65, as these two regiment consolidated in 1863.


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Major Samuel S. Curtis was commissioned into the 3rd Colorado Infantry at Denver, Colorado, in September of 1862. This image was taken by J.A. Scholten, ST. Louis, MO., and most likely the consolidation of the 3rd Inf. and the 2nd Col. Cavalry had taken place.

The regiment was stationed at several posts throughout Colorado Territory, including forts, Garland, Lyon, etc., and later saw action in Indian Territory and Missouri, and for a time headquarters were at Kansas City. With the threat of attack into Kansas by Gen. Sterling Price’s Confederate Army, the regiment was ordered to report to Fort Leavenworth, Ks., and the regiment became part of the Department of Kansas under the command of Major General Samuel Ryan Curtis, with Major Curtis assigned as Aide de Camp.

After many hard engagements the 2nd Colo. Cavalry pursued a demoralized confederate army south, until they had retreated into Arkansas and Texas. After these engagements, the 2nd Colorado Cav. would garrison several forts along and in the area of the Smoke Hill Trail in Kansas (This would become the Smoke Hill Road established by Daniel Butterfield; the fastest way to the Denver Gold Fields),  and in the later part of the war, had several skirmishes with Indians.  Some actions went further north info Nebraska Territory and was commanding Fort Kearny, Nebr T.  Curtis also was in correspondence with Colonel Chivington, 1st Colo Cav and Gen. Curtis in regards to guerrillas under Quantrll, and acted with the 1st Colorado (Chivington) against raiding Indians in the North Platte River area.

Major Curtis would be promoted to Lt.Col. by brevet in 1865.  He would later live in Nebraska after the war.

These western images are quite hard to come by, and this one is in fine condition.

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Weight .50 lbs