Mass.Governor Clifford,signed militia arms document

3 This item is a wonderful,original letter dated 1853, w Colonel Henry Knox Craig has signed a letter written to Massachusetts Governor Clifford, regarding the proper way that arms will be issued to the troops...a great 3 page letter, docketed by Clifford on back of third page...8x11, great content, in fine shape

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

John H. Clifford (1809 – 1876), U.S. political figure, was Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for a single term, from 1853 to 1854. Serving as Attorney General from 1849-53, he faced Henry W. Bishop (Democrat) and Horace Mann (Free Soil) in the election of November 1852 receiving 45% of the vote. A majority requirement still in effect, he was elected by the state senate 29-4 over Mr. Bishop. After his single term as governor he returned for four more years as Attorney General, 1854-58.

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