Today in Michigan History

February 9, 1864

Lieutenant Colonel William McCreery escaped from Libby Prison.

In one of the Civil War’s great prison escapes, William McCreery of Flint was one of many Union officers who tunneled their way out of the famed rebel prison. McCreery, who entered service in May 1861 as a sergeant in the Second Michigan Infantry, eventually resigned his commission on account of the many wounds he received during the war.

Thank you Michigan Start Pages for this glimpse into our past.  See more here.