Brev. Brig. Gen. (USA) David Berkey McCreary

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Brev. Brig. Gen. (USA) David Berkey McCreary

Birthplace: Millcreek Township, Erie County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death: February 04, 1906 (79)
Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania, USA
Place of Burial: Erie Cemetery, Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph F. McCreary and Lydia S. McCreary
Husband of Annette G McCreary
Father of Sophy Gertrude Clark and Unknown Liebel

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About Brev. Brig. Gen. (USA) David Berkey McCreary

1826 - 1906

Sen. McCreary served as Colonel and Brevet Brigadier General, 145th Regt., PVl. Born in Millcreek Township, Erie County, Pennsylvania on February 27, 1826, McCreary was the son of David and Lydia (Swan) McCreary; attended common schools; the Erie Academy; Washington College, 1848-1849; taught school in Erie County and Kentucky; studied law and joined the Erie bar. Preceding the war, he enlisted as a member of the Wayne Guards under the command of John W. McLane, who promoted McCreary to Lieutenant, 145th Regt., then Captain of Company D, rising to the rank of Lt. Col. He participated at Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Mine Run, Cold Harbor, and Petersburg. “At Petersburg, June 16, 1864, his brigade made a daring charge over open ground upon a well entrenched enemy;” however, he and his regiment were ultimately captured. Imprisoned for ten months at Libby, Macon, Charleston, and Columbia, Lt. Col. McCreary was released and mustered out with his regiment May 31, 1865. He was commissioned Colonel and brevetted Brigadier General by the President and Congress. He resumed the practice of law; was a member of the state House 1866, 1867, and 1870; Adjutant-General of Pennsylvania under Governor Geary, 1867-1870, and state Senator, 1889-1896. The Senator died in Erie on February 4, 1906.

Notes from Emory A. Walling, 1927, memoirs and notes of the Erie bar.

“Gen. David B. McCreary was an admirer of Henry Clay, got to meet the Great Pacificator and was even invited to his funeral. At Lincoln's call for 75,000 volunteers, McCreary was one of the first to sign up and was made a Lieutenant Colonel. Half his regiment got wiped out at Fredericksburg. He was captured twice, imprisoned twice, and released twice to rejoin his regiment. Later on, he made many friends in Harrisburg during his time in the State Senate. "Probably no member of our bar had a more extended acquaintance among men of distinction than the General.... He never, to my knowledge, spoke unkindly of anyone."

Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. He served as a 1st Lieutenant in one Erie Regiment of the Pennsylvania militia at the start of the Civil War. He then enlisted in the 145th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, rising to Lieutenant Colonel and commander of the regiment. He was brevetteed Brigadier General, US Volunteers on March 13, 1865 for "gallant and meritorious services during the war". He served as Adjutant General of the Pennsylvania National Guard from 1867 to 1870.

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Brev. Brig. Gen. (USA) David Berkey McCreary's Timeline

February 27, 1826
Millcreek Township, Erie County, Pennsylvania, USA
June 25, 1852
Age 26
Winchester, Clark County, Kentucky, USA
February 4, 1906
Age 79
Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania, USA
Erie Cemetery, Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania, USA