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June 28, 2014

NIAGARA DISCOVERIES: Cornelius Cusick, Civil War hero

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Cusick was honorably discharged on June 29, 1865. A year later he received a commission in the regular U.S. Army, 22nd Infantry, from President Andrew Johnson. For most of his career, he served at posts in the Western Territories of the United States. Ironically, most of the action he saw while at these western posts was against other Native American tribes, particularly the Sioux.

Cusick also served as an aide de camp at President U.S. Grant’s second inauguration. He retired from the regular army in 1892 with the rank of captain. A year later he served as an assistant director for archeology and ethnology at the Columbian Exposition in 1893.

Upon his retirement, Cusick returned to Niagara County and resided in Sanborn, near but not on the Tuscarora Reservation. When he died in 1904, he was buried with full military honors at the Fort Niagara Cemetery.     

Ann Marie Linnabery is the assistant director of the History Center of Niagara.

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