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The discharge certificate is written in pencil and ink. The pencil notations have faded, but the entries in ink are still visible. The discharge is signed by Louis Morris. The paymaster, Mr. Allen, marked “Paid” in the left margin. Thomas’ occupation when he enrolled in the army was farmer.
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Thomas J. Craig was born on January 26, 1843 to Henry Boatman Craig and Francis Higgins. In 1850, Thomas was 8 years old, living in Vienna, Scott County, Indiana, with his parents Henry, age 42, and Francis, age 40. His siblings were: Hannah, 20; James W., 18; Levi, 16; Rachael, 14; Amos, 10; Permelia J., 6, Nancy Ann, 3; and baby Henry, age 0. Ten years later, his post office was Afton, and his home was still Vienna. The mother is not listed in the federal census in 1860. Henry was 52. Other Craigs in the household were: Christina, 39; Thomas, 18; Charlott, 16; Henry, 11; Wesley, 3; and John, 1. Three children named Murphy were also living with the Craig Family. They were Margaret, 12; Louisa, 10; and Samuel H., 7.
The Civil War Draft Registration Records list Thomas Craig of Vienna, Indiana, age 21 as of July 1, 1863 and unmarried. He served in Company C, 38th Indiana Regiment. They received a public reception in Indianapolis on July 18, 1865, and were discharged from service a few days later. Thomas died on February 21, 1888, at the age of 45, and is buried in Madison, Jefferson County, Indiana.
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