He was born in 1823/24 (3 (37 in 1861)).
He enlisted and was mustered into service, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 20 September 1861 (1, 3). He was mustered in as a private, in company D (1, 3, 4).
1 Bates, Samuel Penniman. History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5. Harrisburg: B. Singerly, state printer, 1869-71. 5 volumes. 'Ninety-first regiment', volume 3, pages 186-233. (In the roster) (James Creswell Sr)
2 company D, register of deserters (James Cresswell Senr)
3 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 8 August 2004 (James Creswell Sr)
4 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (James Cresswell)