Thursday, February 19, 2015

Alfred B. Cree.

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Capt Alfred B Cree 

Birth: Feb., 1831, Carlisle, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.
Death: Apr. 2, 1901, Johnson County, Iowa.

Wife: Martha A. Smith Cree (1838 - 1917).

Children: May B. Cree.

Burial: Oakland Cemetery, Iowa City, Johnson County, Iowa.

CAPT, Co F, 22nd Iowa Inf appt Captain 07 Aug 1862 age 31 res Iowa City slightly wounded 19 Sep 1864 Winchester VA severely wounded 19 Oct 1864 Cedar Creek VA m.o. 25 Jul 1865 Savannah GA; WPA burial record as CREEDON.

Alfred was living in Iowa City by 1860, working as a carpenter and cabinet maker. He married Martha Smith there that year. After the War, he was active in the 22nd Iowa's regimental association, and with "Old Settlers" events in Johnson County.

Spanish American War. 

Captain A. B. Cree, of Civil War fame, addressed the boys in this last assembly before moving forward to the depot. He said here: "True bravery is not recklessness. Appreciate danger, do not rush into it with foolhardiness, but be prepared to meet it when duty calls. Moral character makes truly brave men, and as I look into your earnest young faces I see that nobility of character written there. I know that you will be brave and do your duty in a manner worthy the great state of Iowa, as the good, noble fathers of some of you did theirs, when in my command a generation ago. May you return to us unharmed."

Johnson County Iowa History.

CAPT. ALFRED B. CREE, a resident of Iowa City, was born February 22, 1831, in Perry county, Pennsylvania. He is a cabinet-maker by trade. He came to Iowa in 1855, and settled in Iowa City in 1856. He enlisted August 7, 1862, and was commissioned captain of Company F, Twenty-second Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry, August 10, 1862. He was wounded in the right shoulder September 19, 1864, at Winchester, Virginia, and wounded in the right leg severely, October 19, 1864, at Cedar Creek, Virginia. He was mustered out of the service July 25, 1865, at Savannah, Georgia, and returned to Iowa City, and entered the store of Mr. Nixon, and remained there until 1881, when he became a member of the firm of Hohenschub, Cree & Lee, furniture dealers and undertakers. He was elected trustee of first ward March, 1869; again, in March, 1875, and again in March, 1877, and was chief of the fire department four years. He was elected vice-president of the State Fire men's Association in 1880, and re-elected in 1881. He was married September 5, 1860, to Miss Hattie Smith of Iowa City. He is a democrat in politics, and takes a lively interest in the interests of his party.

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