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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1866

Vol. III

(Born Pa.)

Robert Craig

(Ap'd Pa.)


Born Lehigh Gap, PA.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1862, to June 18, 1866, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 4th Artillery, June 18, 1866.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Wayne, Mich., Oct. 25, 1866, to Apr., 1867,

(First Lieut., 4th Artillery, Feb. 5, 1867)

 p71  — Ft. McHenry, Md., Apr. to Nov., 1867, — and Ft. Foote, Md., to July 31, 1868; in Chief Signal Office, Washington, D. C., Aug. 1, 1868, to Jan. 14, 1869; — Acting Signal Officer, headquarters Washington, D. C., to Apr., 1869, — and as Signal Instructor at Ft. McHenry, Md., Apr. 22, to Aug. 3, 1869; in garrison at Ft. Foote, Md., Sep. 7 to Oct. 18, 1869; as Signal Instructor at Sedgwick Barracks, D. C., Oct., 1869, to Jan. 20, 1870; in garrison at Ft. Foote, Md., to Feb. 7, 1871; on Signal duty at Ft. Whipple, Va., Feb. 13 to June 1, 1871, — in Chief Signal Office, Washington, D. C., June, 1871 (leave of absence and sick, June 22 to Sep. 30, 1871), to Sep. 1, 1880, except while constructing Telegraph Lines in Washington and Idaho Territories, Dec., 1878, to Mar. 21, 1879; as Property and Disbursing Officer to Signal Service, to Dec. 31, 1882; as Assistant to Chief Signal Officer, Washington, D. C., to Feb. 2, 1885; on Special duty in California, under instructions from Chief Signal Officer, to Oct. 20, 1885; settling his Accounts, at Washington, D. C., to Mar. 12, 1887; as Assistant to the Chief Signal Officer, Washington, D. C.,

(Captain, Staff — Asst. Quartermaster, Dec. 10, 1888)

to Mar. 1, 1889; and as Property and Disbursing Officer for the Signal Service, to –––––.

Vol. IV
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Military History. — At Washington City as Disbursing Officer, Signal

(Captain, Staff — Signal Corps, Dec. 18, 1890)

Corps, to June, 1898, and principal assistant to Chief Signal Officer;​b

(Major, Staff — Signal Corps, March 29, 1897)

in New Orleans, La., April, 1897, to relieve sufferers from overflow;

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Staff — Signal Corps, July 8, 1898)

at Santiago de Cuba, Nov. and Dec., 1898, in connection with the telegraph lines, Department of Santiago. — Chief Signal Officer on the Staff of General Otis, Manila, P. I., July, 1899, to ––––

Retired from Active Service,
for disability in the line of duty, Dec. 1, 1899.

Vol. V
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Military History. — Chief Signal Officer on the Staff of General Otis, Manila, P. I., July, 1899 to Dec. 1, 1899. — On sick leave of absence from July to Dec. 1, 1899.

Lieut.‑Colonel, U. S. A., Retired Dec. 1, 1899,
for disability in the line of duty.

— Residence, Washington, D. C.

Vol. VI
[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1910‑1920]

(Born Jan. 20, 1843.)

Military History. —

Lieut.‑Colonel, Signal Corps, July 8, 1898.

Lieut.‑Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, Dec. 1, 1899,
For Disability Contracted in Line of Duty.

Died, July 4, 1917, at Pittsburg, Pa.: Aged 74.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1918.

Thayer's Notes:

a Lt.‑Col. Craig's birthplace is from his AOG obituary.

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b In 1898 (Turnbull and Lord, History of United States Naval Aviation, p2), we also find Maj. Craig serving on a joint Army-Navy board on the practicability of flying machines.

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