Craig, Isaac A. (1834-1917) Papers, 1862-1865

Held by The Filson Historical Society 

Creator:  Craig, Isaac A., 1834-1917 

Title:  Papers, 1862-1865 

Rights: For information regarding literary and copyright interest for these papers, contact the Collections Department. 

Size of Collection:  0.33 cubic feet 

Location Number:  Mss. A C886 

Scope and Content Note 

Collection is contained in three folders and is in one box. Isaac Craig was an officer in Company F of the 50th Indiana Regiment during the Civil War. He intermittently kept a diary from 1-22 January, 1863; 1 May – 16 September, l863; 1 January (1864?); and 16 March – 30 April, 1864. Craig writes about daily routines, skirmishes, picket duty, and marches and battles in Tennessee and Arkansas. Of particular interest is his undated account of action in late 1862 in the area of Jackson, Tennessee (Parkers Crossroads ?). In September of 1863 Craig reports on the many deserters coming in from Arkansas. In April of 1864 he describes the battle of Camden, Arkansas. He writes about the Union Army tactics and how the rebels had fortified Camden. The diary also contains pharmaceutical receipts, accounts, and notes. Also in the collection are Craig’s commission as a 2nd Lieutenant which is signed by Oliver P. Morton, his discharge paper, and some confederate money. 

Biographical Note 

Isaac Craig was twenty-seven years old when he enlisted in the Union Army in 1861. He was born in Paoli, Indiana but lived in New Albany, Indiana from 1851 until his death. He was a building contractor. He died in l9l7 and his wife, Mildred, died in 1921. 

Folder List 

Folder 1: Diary 

Folder 2: Documents 

Folder 3: Confederate money