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Former Iowa congressman and Union general Samuel Curtis dies in Council Bluffs.

Samuel Ryan Curtis, circa 1863, detail
12/26/1866

Samuel Ryan Curtis had represented Iowa in the U.S. Congress for two terms between 1857 and 1861 and then became a leading Union general as the commander of the Army of the Southwest.  He won notable victories at Pea Ridge in Arkansas in 1862 and Westport in Kansas in 1864.  After the war, he took charge of the Department of the Northwest and then involved himself with the Union Pacific Railroad.  He was sixty-one years old.  (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

"Curtis," The American Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1866 (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1873), 262-263.

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