Executions

Executions

See execution of five bounty jumpers in the 118th PA (29 August 1863).

The 91st also witnessed an execution on 18 December 1863 (special order 118, HQ 91st PA, 18 December 1863).

One member of the 91st was almost part of a firing squad. During the Battle of Chancellorsville, on 4 May 1863, Major General Alexander Webb became incensed at soldiers who were missing from a detail assigned to cut a crucial road on which the Army of the Potomac was going to escape. He decided "to make one man suffer for all", assigned a firing squad, and chose someone at random. However, the soldier pled effectively for his life, and Webb relented. ['An incident at Chancellorsville']


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