Craig Sr., Louis A.


Fought in the Indian Wars with 6th Cavalry, with 32nd Infantry in the Spanish-American War, died of malaria contracted in the Philippines


Autograph ID: 6023
Condition: Very good, light overall toning
Description: “(1852?-1904) USMA 1874, Missouri-born son of James Craig, US Rep, Union General, railroad tycoon. He served 15 years on the frontiers of New Mexico and Arizona as a Regular Army Captain and served in both the Indian Wars and the Spanish-American War. For the great majority of his career, Craig served with the 6th Cavalry (most notable for its actions fighting in the Apache Wars) and at one point in the late 1870’s was among the officers who established Camp Huachuca in Arizona Territory. In 1890, Craig was detailed to West Point to teach cavalry tactics, where he stayed for nearly a decade. In 1898 he was brevetted Major of Volunteers and posted to the staff of Major General Wilson in Puerto Rico, where he again saw combat. He was commissioned Colonel, US Vols. in command of the 32nd Infantry Regt. When his regiment demobilized in 1901, Col. Craig retired to New York to recover from malaria contracted in the Philippines; he succumbed to the disease in 1904. Both his sons followed their father in service and rose into the general officer ranks; one would lead a division and a corps against Germany in WW II (Louis A. Craig Jr.), the other (Malin) became 14th Army Chief of Staff.

2 x 3 3/4 card signed as Col., 32nd US Vol. Infantry; undated but ca. 1899.”
Type: Signed card

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