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Craig Family Papers, 1860-1906

Craig Family Papers, 1860-1906
Mss. Acc. 2014.103
0.2 Linear Feet
Scope and Contents

Collection consists mostly of letters from Albert Clifton Craig, while a private during the Civil War in the 2nd Illinois Light Artillery, to his parents, Robert and Sarah Craig in Canton, Illinois. The company is composed of men from the area of Canton and Peoria, Illinois, including Albert’s uncle, William J. Gardner.  Albert is a postilion and takes care of the horses.  The company travels from Peoria, Illinois through Missouri to Pea Ridge, Arkansas where Albert is injured in battle. Albert’s letters tell the story of early recruitment, camp life, leadership troubles, a court martial, encounters with “secesh,” fighting, battle injury, medical care and death during the Civil War.

Includes Indian Depredation Claims from the office of John Wedderburn, claims examiner in Washington, D.C., with completed claim forms and correspondence.  William R. Hearst and the San Francisco Examiner established the "Examiner Bureau of Claims" in 1891 and appointed John Weddenburn as the head person.

Craig Family
Wedderburn, John (1868-1932)
Craig, Albert Clifton, 1842-1862
Gardner, William J
Indians of North America--Claims
Indians of North America--History--19th century
Missouri--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
United States. Army. Illinois Light Artillery Regiment
Weddenburn, Alexander John, 1849-1916
Letters (correspondence)

Detailed Description

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Administrative Information

Collection is open to all researchers.
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Access Notes
The fragile nature of this material may limit handling.
Acquisition Note
 Source: Gift of Martha M. McSorley.
Acc. 2014.103 was received by Special Collections from the donor on 5/21/2014.
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Preferred Citation
Craig Family Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
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