Monday, July 01, 2013

Hira W. Curtis or Curtiss, 4th., Iowa Cavalry.

Hira W. Curtis.

Birth: unknown.
Death: Oct. 25, 1864, Pleasanton, Linn County, Kansas.

The only Union officer killed at the battle of Mine Creek, Kansas. He was with Company F, 4th Iowa Cavalry.

Burial: National Cemetery Soldiers Lot, Mound City, Linn County, Kansas.
Plot: National Cemetery Soldiers Lot, grave # 56

Iowa Fourth Cavalry, Regimental History.
Second Lieutenant, Hira W. Curtiss or Curtis, Residence Mahaska Co., Enlisted October 17, 1861, appointed Second Sergeant at muster in.  Re-enlisted Veteran March 31, 1864, and reappointed Second Sergeant; Promoted Second Lieutenant May 14, 1864.  Captured in action June 22, 1863, at Bear Creek, Mississippi; exchanged September 6, 1863, and returned to service October 14, 1863.  Kill in action October 25, 1864, at Marais des Cygnes ( "Osage" ), also known as Mine Creek Kansas.  Buried in Mount City Cemetery, Linn County, Kansas.  Range 2, Grave 5.  Served with company in the field until his death, sometime in command of it. 

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