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.