John J. Curtis Sabine Parish, Louisiana
John J. Curtis was born in Sabine
parish on June 17, 1843, and is one of the oldest native
citizens now living in the parish. His father was a pioneer of
the Tore country, settling there in 1827.
The subject of this sketch received
what little education he was able to obtain in a log school
house. In April, 1861, when only 18 years of age, he enlisted in
the first company which left Sabine parish to fight in the Civil
War, under the command of Capt. Arthur McArthur. This command
was assigned to the army in Virginia in Gen, Stonewall Jackson's
brigade. Mr. Curtis was in the most memorable battles of the
campaigns of that famous commander. When the battle of the
Wilderness was begun on the 5th of May, 1864, only fourteen men
of Mr. Curtis' company responded for service, and his leg was
broken in this bloody conflict, and his friend Bob Runnels was
killed by his side. After lying wounded on the field for three
days, he was picked up by the Yankees and taken to their
hospital, and he saw only two or three of his comrades after
that time. He was taken prisoner by Stewart's cavalry.
He recovered from his wound
sufficiently to return home the following fall, and the war was
ended a few months later, but, after more than half a century
the scenes of that mighty conflict are still fresh in his
He was married and reared a family,
all of whom have passed to their reward.
Source: History of Sabine Parish,
Louisiana, by John G. Belisle, Sabine Banner Press, 1913.