CRAIG, Henry Knox, soldier, born in Fort Pitt, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 7 March, 1791; died in Washington, District of Columbia, 7 December, 1869. After being educated in Pittsburgh, he was appointed second lieutenant in the 2d artillery, 17 March, 1812, and was engaged in the occupation of Fort George and the night assault at Stony Creek, Canada. He was promoted to captain, 23 December, 1813, commanded Fort Niagara, New York, in 1814, and was transferred to the light artillery, 17 May, 1815.
He was superintendent of lead-mines in Missouri and Illinois from 1821 till 1825, was made major of ordnance, 30 May, 1832, and was chief of ordnance of the army of occupation in Texas and Mexico in 1847. He distinguished himself at Palo Alto and Resaca de la Pahna, and was brevetted lieutenant colonel for bravery at Monterey, 23 September, 1846. He was made full lieutenant colonel, 25 March, 1848, was inspector of arsenals till 1851, and then became colonel of ordnance. He had charge of the ordnance bureau at Washington... read more