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Alfred B. McCreary Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3037

  • Staff Only

This collection contains 34 original letters written by Alfred B. McCreary to his father, sister, and brothers during the Civil War. The letters describe the movements and activities of his regiment and give McCreary’s perspectives on the progress of the war. A few of the letters have hand-drawn maps and detailed descriptions of troop movements. The letters all have typed transcriptions and notes from a previous owner.

The collection also contains original documents concerning McCreary’s attempt to receive a pension from the Department of the Interior. In addition to the originals, the previous owner of this collection obtained photocopies of McCreary’s pension records from the National Archives. The collection also includes background research on McCreary and the 26th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.

Dates

  • 1862-2006

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection contains 34 original letters written by Alfred B. McCreary to his father, sister, and brothers during the Civil War. The letters describe the movements and activities of his regiment and give McCreary’s perspectives on the progress of the war. The collection contains original documents and photocopies of original documents from the National Archives concerning McCreary’s attempt to receive a pension from the Department of the Interior. The collection also includes background research on McCreary and the 26th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.

Biographical/Historical Note

Alfred Biddleton McCreary (1843-1899), son of George McCreary and Mary Hayden, was a Civil War soldier from Bradner, a small town in northwest Ohio. He enlisted as a Private in the 26th Ohio Volunteer Infantry on June 11, 1861 and was assigned to the Army of the Cumberland. While in the 26th, McCreary served the Union in West Virginia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee. At the end of the war, McCreary enlisted in the 16th Kansas Calvary, serving on the western frontier. He married Sarah Albina Jones. McCreary was also a poet. He wrote a poem entitled Old Tennessee that describes his longing to be home and his desire to see a unified nation.

Arrangement

This collection consists of three series in one box:

Missing Title

  1. Series I: Alfred B. McCreary Papers (original documents)
  2. Series II: Alfred B. McCreary Pension Records (photocopies)
  3. Series III: Background Research

Acquisition Note

Collection is property of Special Collections.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480