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    Samuel R. Curtis West Point Diploma and Autograph Letter Signed "S.R.Curtis." Samuel Curtis (1805-1866) graduated from the U. S. Military Academy in 1831, but resigned his commission the following year, returning to civilian life. He reenlisted when the U. S. went to war against Mexico, received a colonel's commission, and served occupation duty at Matamoras, Monterrey, and Saltillo. He served as a Republican in the U. S. House, but resigned his seat when the Civil War broke out. He rose to the rank of major general and saw action at Pea Ridge (where he was largely responsible for the Union victory), the capture of Helena [Arkansas], and the defeat of Gen. Sterling Price in his invasion of Missouri.

    The diploma is on one partially printed, vellum page, 17.5" x 20.5", West Point [New York], July 4, 1831, acknowledging "...Cadet Samuel R. Curtis of the State of Ohio...has been judged worthy to receive the Degree required by Law preparatory to his advancement in the U. S. Army." Signed by Sylvanus Thayer as superintendent and countersigned by nine professors. Smoothed folds; unevenly toned throughout. Light black stains at places around the edges. Text is mostly bright with some fading of the professors signatures.

    Also, a Curtis ALS as a West Point cadet, four integral pages, 8" x 9.5", West Point, July 11, 1827, to his brother, Henry, regarding life in a military school. He laments the fact that he "...can't leave the encampment without leave. And If I get permission to leave camp can't visit the town without special permission." Of one such instance, he says: "...have got permission and have visited Miss Margaret and Mr Rogers...have had a long walk and assure you there never happened such a change I feel like a freed negro..." He continues: "...things are conducted with so much order. I have as yet been fortunate enough to get no reports though many of the new cadets have got say 20...I am getting more used to many of the forms though...But you are not to think I am getting sick of this place. I like it yet full as well as I expected." Waterstaining along the right edge lightens the text slightly, but it is still wholly legible. The text is very bold and has bled through on all pages.

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