Hubbard Curtis gave 44 years as his age when he enlisted in the Union Army at Milton, New York in October, 1862. He was actually 53. His enlistment description notes he was 5 foot 10 inches tall with a dark complexion. His eyes were hazel, and his hair was brown. Hubbard and his wife, Jane, had eleven children. Five were under the age of 17 when Hubbard enlisted.
Born in Winchester, New Hampshire in 1809, Hubbard relocated to Albany, New York where he married Jane Crossman in 1827. They later moved to Gloversville, Fulton County, New York.
Hubbard’s unit, the 153rd New York Volunteers, were first stationed at Alexandria, Virginia, as provost guard, and during most of the year 1863, did garrison and guard duty around the capital. It was then transferred to the Department of the Gulf where it was assigned to the 1st brigade, 1st (Emory’s) division, 19th corps, with which it took part in the Red River campaign, meeting with severe losses. It was during this campaign that Hubbard became ill and died of disease on 29 May 1864, at University General Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana.
He is buried at Chalmette National Cemetery in New Orleans.