David Berkey McCreary
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