THE NINETY-FIRST PENNSYLVANIA RESERVES--PRELIMINARY ORGANIZATION.
In January, 1862, the Ninety-first Pennsylvania Reserves, nine hundred and fifty muskets, under command of Colonel Edgar M. Gregory, repaired to Washington, where they occupied the then responsible position of provost guard of that city. Subsequently, in consequence of the feeling exhibited by the Virginians, illustrated by the murder of Colonel Ellsworth, Colonel Gregory was appointed Military Governor of Alexandria. The regiment still later formed part of the reserve column at the battle of Antietam, under General Humphries, commander of the Third Division, Fifth Army Corps--General Meade's Corps. The Ninety-first fought all through the war, their colonel being brevetted brigadier on the field of Fredericksburg, and major-general at the battle of Five Forks.
The regiment were mustered out in July, 1865, at that time being reduced to about 115 men. Last Friday night the members that could be collected together met to take action in reference to their general's death, and at that time resolved to make a permanent organization of the old comrades. Last evening they met again in the District Court room, Sixth and Chestnut streets, Colonel Joseph H. Sinex occupying the chair, and Captain Edward J. Maguigan acting as secretary.
The chairman of the Committee of Arrangements reported that eighty men of the old organization turned out at the funeral of their commander, and the whole proceedings passed off smoothly at that time.
The treasurer reported a satisfactory financial statement.
On motion of Colonel Sellers, a committee of five was appointed to draw a constitution and by-laws for a permanent organization. The committee consists of Eli G. Sellers, Matt. Hall, George F. Stewart, J. A. Gregory and George Hampton.
Captain J. A. Gregory, son of General Gregory, on behalf of himself and the family of the deceased, spoke feelingly of the manner in which his old comrades had shown their respect for his father's memory, and desired that the kindness of Captain Ryan and the State Fencibles, in turning out on the occasion of the funeral, be recognized by the members present.
Lieutenant D. B. Baker offered a resolution embodying this suggestion of Captain Gregory, and it was unanimously adopted.
Colonel Sellers advised that the members leave their names and residences with the secretary.
The meeting then adjourned to meet at the call of the committee on the 4th of December, the anniversary of the date of their oganization.