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CRAIG, Lewis S., soldier, born in Virginia; died near New River, California, 6 June, 1852. He entered the army as second lieutenant of the 2d dragoons, 14 October, 1837, was transferred to the 3d infantry in August, 1838, and in March, 1840, made assistant commissary of subsistence. He was promoted to first lieutenant in June, 1840, to captain in June, 1846, and served with distinction in the Mexican war, winning the brevet of major for gallant conduct at Monterey, and that of lieutenant colonel at Contreras and Churubusco, where he was wounded. He met his death at the hands of deserters while in the performance of his duty.
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