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Civil War Soldiers - Craig
|Craig, James, brigadier-general, U.S.
Army, was born in Pennsylvania, May 7, 1820. He studied law and
removed to St. Joseph, Mo., where he practiced his profession, and in
1847 was a member of the state legislature. He was captain of the
Missouri mounted volunteers in the Mexican war from Aug., 1847, until
Nov., 1848, and then, returning to Missouri, was from 1852 to 1856
state attorney for the 12th judicial circuit. He served in Congress as
a Democrat from 1857 to 1861, and on March 21, 1862, was commissioned
by President Lincoln, brigadier-general of volunteers. This office he
held until May 5, 1863, serving in the west, then resigned and was an
unsuccessful candidate for election to the 47th Congress. He was
subsequently the first president of the Hannibal & St. Joseph
railroad, and the first controller of St. Joseph. He died in St.
Joseph, Mo., Oct. 21, 1888.
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908