Carte de visite showing Captain John McCrath of the 1st Michigan Engineers and Mechanics. McCrath entered service as a Second Lieutenant aged 24 on September 12, 1861. He served through the war becoming Captain on May 11, 1863. He is shown here as a First Lieutenant.
Thank God for Michigan: Stories from the Civil War (June 6 2011 – March 29 2015) Thank God for Michigan was an exhibition developed by the GRPM to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. The exhibit featured over 150 artifacts from the GRPM's collection and told the story of the Civil War through the lens of soldiers and civilians from Michigan.
McCrath, Captain John W. John Wood McCrath was born September 3, 1837, in Genesee County, Michigan. He entered the Union Army on September 12, 1861, as a Second Lieutenant at the age of 24. During the Civil War, he served on the First Michigan Engineers and Mechanics Regiment and was promoted to Captain on May 11, 1863. In 1865, he was mustered out and honorably discharged.
After his service, McCrath engaged in business ventures in Atlanta, Georgia, and Chattanooga, Tennessee, before eventually moving to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he served as a city alderman. He was later appointed to the Board of Managers for the Michigan Soldiers’ Home. John McCrath died on February 8, 1910 of a stroke. He is buried in Garfield Park Cemetery in Grand Rapids.