91st PA--regimental letters, 1864

Regimental letters, July to September 1864

[I have finished proofreading and editing these letters.]
[source: regimental letters book]

[edited version]

Camp of the 91st Reg. P.V.V
July 3rd 1864
Captain James H. Closson
Commdg. Co H 91st P.V.V.
Captain

We the undersigned members of Co H do ask to be transferred to the Battalion of Sharp Shooters now organizing in the Army


We are Respectfully Your Obedient Servant
Wm H Fraley Sergt.
Andrew Steinmetz
John Somers
John R. McClintock
Paul G. Hill

Camp of the 91st Reg. P.V.V.
July 4th 1864
Lieut. B. J. Tayman
Adjt

I have the honor to report the following named enlisted men of my Company as desirous of being transferred to the Battalion of Sharp Shooters to be organized in the division they have no telescopic nor sporting Rifles but are willing to pay for them


Sergt Wm H. Fraley
Private John Somers
" John R. McClintock
" Paul G Hill
" Andrew Steinmetz

I have the honor to be
Very Respectfully
Your Obedient Servt
James H. Closson
Capt Co H 91st P.V.V.
[edited version]

Head Quarters 91st Reg. Pa Vols
near Petersburg Va July 4th 1864
Captain

I have the honor to request that Sergt. John Hamill Co D 91st Pa Vols be discharged to enable him to be mustered as 2nd Lieut of said Company he having received a commission from the Governor of Pennsylvania July 4th /64 Dated June 23rd /64

This Company has 37 Enlisted Men for duty and a Total of present and absent of 74 with but one (1) Commissioned Officer namely 1st Lt. James B Diehl

No of Officers in Regt23
" " Men " "509
" " Officers " Co1
" " Men " "74

The Commission of Sergt John Hamill is herewith enclosed


I am Captain
Very Respectfully
Your Obdt Servt
Eli G Sellars
Capt. Commdg
[edited version]

Head Quarters Co F 91st Reg Pa Vols
July 4th 1864
B. J. Tayman
1st Lt. & Adjt 91st P.V.V.
Lieutenant

I have the honor to make the following report concerning Corporal Oscar Foust Co F 91st P.V.V. mustered into the service of the United States October 25th x1861 by Lieut. Matthew Hall for the period of three Years. When mustered into the service of the United States he made a statement to the mustering Officer that he was 18 yrs of Age and had his parents [sic] consent, which I believe to be the truth, he had every appearance of being the Age he was mustered to. There was no complaint made by his parents when mustered he always performed his duties never having been sick while with the company

Deserted the Company June 11th 1862 when they were on duty at Alexandria Va


I am Sir Very Respectfully
Your Obdt Servt
William E Michaels
2nd Lt Commdg Company

Head Quarters 91st Reg Pa Vols
Near Petersburg Va. July 4th 1864
Major Samuel Breck
Asst. Adjt. Genl.
Major

In Obedience to instructions, I have the honor to transmit herewith the Statement of Wm E Michaels [2nd] Lieut Commdg Co F 91st Reg Pa. Vols in reference to the case of Oscar Foust


I am Major
Very Respectfully
Your Obdt Servt
Eli G Sellers
Capt Commdg
[edited version]

Head Quarters 91st Reg Pa. Vols
July 4th 1864
Capt C C Bennett
Asst. Adjt. Genl.
Captain

I have the honor to furnish the names of the following Enlisted men to represent the command for Provost Guard and Pioneer Corps at Brig Head Qrs

Provost Guard
PrivateWilliam BealCoC91st P.V.V.
"Alex O. Earnest"E " " " "
"Wm Vance"K" " " "
"George Dawson"L62nd " " "
"S. B. Tipton"M" " " "

Pioneer Corps
PrivateSamuel EdwardsCoB91st P.V.V.
"John Toland """ " " "
"Peter McCullough "F " " " "
"Patrick Costello "I " " " "
[note: the two tables are next to each other in the manuscript]
I am Captain
Very Respectfully
Your Obdt. Sevt
Eli G. Sellers
Capt. Commdg
[edited version]

Head Quarters 91st Reg Pa. Vols
July 6th /64
C B Mervine
Asst Adjt. Genl.
Captain

In compliance with instructions from Div. Hd. Qrs; I have the honor to report that the No of Recruits received for the Month of May was three (3) No of men transferred to Veteran Reserve Corps One (1)


I am Captain
Very Respectfully
Your Obt. Servt.
John D Lentz
[edited version]

Head Quarters 91st Regt Pa Vols
July 8th 1864
Capt E C Bennett
Asst Adjt Genl
Captain

I have the honor to submit the following report

DutyPresentGainLoss Since Last Report by [?]Remarks
Comm OfficersEnlisted MenComm OfficersEnlisted Men Comm OfficersEnlisted MenComm OfficersEnlisted Men   
1524017258       Two Officers & Fifteen (15) men sick
Three officers Co K.

DrillsInspectionsDress ParadesRemarks
SquadCompanyRegimentalCompanyRegimental   
"""11" The Regiment having been engaged in [?] Police & Fatigue Duty the daily drills and inspections were dispensed with [??]

No, of Guns Required 1
" " Sets of Equipments 2
Rounds of Ammunition 752
I am Captain
Very Respectfully
Your Obt sevt
[apparently blank line--may just be too light to read]
Major Commdg
[edited version]

Head Quarters 91st Regt Pa Vols
July 9th 64
Capt E C Bennett
Asst Adjt Genl
Captain

In compliance with instructions of this date I have the honor to report that information has been received at this Head Quarters of the discharge of the following named enlisted men

PrivateWilliam CookCo K91st PV
"George N McClearyB91 P
"Joel Weeks"" "
"Morris SweeneyG" "

The "Commdg Officer" "Cause of disability" Date of order of discharge" Date of Transmittal of Certificate to AGO do not appear on the notice. No enlisted men have been discharged (while in the field) on Surgeons certificate of Disability During the months of May & June


I am Capt
Very Respectfully &c
John D Lentz
[edited version]

Head Quarters 91st Reg. Pa. Vols.
July 16nt 1864
Capt. E. C. Bennett
Asst. Adjt. Genl.
Captain

I have the honor to furnish the following report of Losses and deficiencies for the Month [sic] of May and June and the names of men to whom the articles are charged

CorplSimeon ZaneCo."A"One (1) Springfield Rifle Musket & accoutrements
PrivateJoseph Bake""" (1)" " " " Bayonet
"Charles Thomas""" (1)" " " " Accoutrements
"Francis Braceland""E"Two (2)" " " one (1) Set "
"Hugh Callahan""One (1)" " " " " "
"William Gillmore""" (1)" " " " " "
"Robert Wooden""" (1)" " " " " "
"Joseph Green""" (1)" " " " " "
"John M. Boyer"K" (1)" " " " " "
"Henry Bozier""" (1)" " " " " "
"Colando [??] M. Jones""L"" (1)" " " " " "

The charges against the above named men have been entered in the Muster Rolls for the Months of May & June

[written vertically to the left of the list of men:] One copy furnished for the month of My [sic] July 22nd /64


I am Captain
Very Respectfully
Your Obdt. Servt.
John J [sic] Lentz
Major Commdg
[edited version]

Head Quarters 91st Reg. Pa. Vols
July 17th 1864
Capt E. C. Bennett
Asst. Adjt. Genl
Captain

In compliance with directions of this date I have the honor to submit the following report of the men in this command who will be discharged on or before the 20th of August 1864

CommandPresentAbsentDate of expiration of term of service
91st Pa. Vols48August 20th 1864
Co L 62 Pa. Vols2620August 9st "
" M " " "1817" " "

I am Captain
Very Respectfully Your Obdt. Servt
John D. Lentz
Major Commdg
[edited version]

Head Quarters 91st Reg Pa Vols
July 19nt 1864
Capt. E. C. Bennett
Asst. Adjt. Genl.
Captain

In compliance with instructions I have the honor to report [note: 'report' seems to be crossed out or written over] the following report of the number of men whose term of Service expires on or before Aug 25nt 1864

 PresentAbsentRemarks
CommandOfficersE. MenOfficers E. Men 
91st Pa. Vols. 6  11This includes the report of the 17nt inst
Co "L" 62nt " "126220  
" M " " "218 17  
Total350248  

I am Captain
Very Respectfully
Your Obdt. Servt.
J. D. Lentz
Major Commdg
[edited version]

Head Quarters 91st Reg. Pa Vols
July 19nt 1864
Capt. E. C. Bennett
Asst. Adjt. Genl.
Captain

I have the honor to request that the following be forwarded to Capt. G. M. Barnard A. C. M. 1st Division in answer to his inquiry of this date relative to the Veterans to remain from the two companies of the 62" Pa Vol which were transferred to this command

VeteransDrafted MenAggregateRemarks
PresentAbsentTotalPresentAbsentTotal   
931215193446 

I am Captain
Very Respectfully
Your Obdt Servt
John D Lentz
Major Commdg
[edited version]

Head Quarters 91st Reg. Pa. Vols.
July 20th 1864
Capt E. C. Bennett
Asst. Adjt. Genl.
Captain

I have the honor to state that Lieut. Robert N. Martin and an Orderly Sergeant transferred to this command from Co. L. & M. 62nd Reg. Pa. Vols. remain unassigned.

There being no vacancy for an Orderly Sergt. I respectfully request that I may be instructed as to how the Orderly shall be disposed of without changing his grade. And how the Lieutenant shall be assigned.


I am Captain
Very Respectfully
Your Obedient Servant
John D Lentz
Major Commdg
[edited version]

Roster of Commanding [note: the last half of the word is written over something] Officers of the 91st Reg. Pa. Vols. for May 15nt, June 1st and June 15nt with remarks noting changes

NameRankWhen in CommandRemarks
John D. LentzMajorMay 15nt 1864Succeeded Lt Col. Sinex who was wounded May 12th 1864 at Laurel Hill Va
John D. LentzMajorJune 1st "" " " " " " " " " " " " " "
Edgar M. GregoryColonelJune 15nt "Returned from the command of 1st Brig. 2nd Div 5th Corps joined the Regiment and succeeded Major Lentz June 1 [?] /64 [could be 8 June]

Head Quarters 91st Reg. Pa. Vols
July 22nd 1864
John D Lentz
Major Commanding
[edited version]

Head Quarters 91st Reg Pa Vols
July 25th 1864
Capt. E. C. Bennett
A. A. A. Genl.
Captain

In compliance with circular from Corps Hd Qrs of this date "relative to the number of musicians in this command; I have the honor to make the following report

[I have rotated the table to make it easier to read]
  Command 91st P.V.V.
PresentBandmen [?] 0
Buglers 1
Drummers 11
Total 12
Absent Bandmen [?] 0
Buglers 0
Drummers 5
Total 5
  Aggregate 17
Remarks   two (2) on duty at Brig. Hd Qrs.
One (1) " " " Div Hospital
One (1) " " " Qr. Mr. Depot.
One (1) absent without leave (said to be in Hospital City Point)

I am Captain
Very Respectfully Yours &c
John D. Lentz
Major Com.
[edited version]

Head Quarters 91st Regt P.V. July 26th 1864

I have the honor to transmit the enclosed Statements relative to private Peter M Abbott Co "M" 62nd Pa Vols. received under guard from Pro Maj Brig Hd Qrs.

The name does not appear on the list transferred to this Command and as he may be entitled to his discharge I have taken his Statement together with that of a Sergeant who appears to know all about him

I respectfully request that they be referred to the Commdg Genl that I be instructed what disposition to make of this man


I am Capt
Very respectfully &c
(signed) John D Lentz
Major Commdg

I left with the Companies "L" & "M" for City Point July 19th in the afternoon Capt Murry gave me a pass to visit my father at Corps Hospital to return by 9 A.M. 20th Stating that the boat would not leave before that time. on my return at 9 A.M. found the boat had left for Washington. went to the Pro Marsl City Point Stated that I was left and he directed me to return to the Regt I was assigned to when my Statement must be made to enable me to get the necessary pass to join my Company at Washington.


Camp of 91st Pa Vols
July 25th 1864
(Signed) Peter M Abbott
Private Co "M" 62nd P.V.

In front of Petersburg Va July 25th 1864

Private Peter M Abbott was first A member of "F" Co 62nd PV in October 1861 he was transferred to Co "M" and was entitled to his discharge on the 4th day of July 1864 but had Straggled away from his Co. on the 16th of June last while on the march from James River to Petersburg and was returned to Co July 16th inst under guard he has been absent from his Co ever since May 2nd 1864 except eleven days I was acting ordy Sergt of Co "M" 62nd Regt P.V. during the Specified time


(Signed) M C Wilson
91st Regt PVV
Late of Co "M" 62nd PV.

Forwarded through Brig. Hd. Qrs July 26th
[edited version]

Head Quarters 91st Reg. Pa Vols
July 27nt 1864
Capt. E. C. Bennett
A A A Genl.
Captain

I [sic] compliance with Circular of this date I have the honor to State the reports of "Absent enlisted men" as provided in "Circular No 10 War Dept. Feby 6th 1864" have been received at these Head Quarters in but one case

F B Miller Regt. Qr. Mr. Sergt. detailed for duty as Clerk in Adjt. Genls. Office Washington DC


I am Captain
Very Respectfully
Your Obdt Servt
John D. Lentz
Major Commdg
Forwarded through Brig Hd. Qrs July 27 /64
[edited version]

Forwarded July 31st /64
Hd Quarters 91st Regt Pa Vols
July 31st 1864
Capt E C Bennett
A A A Genl
Capt

I have the honor to report that no enlisted men in the Command have been discharged on Surgeons Certificate of disability since last return


I am Capt
Very &c
John D Lentz
Major Commandg
[edited version]

Head Quarters 91st Reg Pa. Vols
August 5th 1864
Forwarded by mail Aug 5th 1864
Major Samuel Brecks
Asst. Adjt. Genl
Major

I have the honor to furnish the following information in the case of A. J. Hill Co. "B" 91st Pa. Vols.

This young man enlisted in the Regiment as a Musician March 1864. He was admited [sic] in the Hospital as a patient on or about May 20th 1864; was returned to duty with his regiment July 15nt 1864. His career as a Soldier in the Field is short. The Surgeon reports that his General health does not indicate that he is unable to stand the service, but on the contrary. I believe that a recruit passing through the campaign of the last 90 days without any serious results can stand the fatigue of any duty in [sic] which he may be called upon to perform as a Musician The enclosed papers are herewith returned


I am Major Very Respectfully
Your Obdt Servt
John D Lentz
Major Commdg
[edited version]

Forwarded Aug 8th 1864
Head Quarters 91st Reg. Pa Vols.
Near Petersburg Va. August 8th 1864
Capt. J. D. McFarland
Asst. Adjt. Genl.
Captain

I have the honor to request that Sergt. John L. Graham Co E 91st Reg. Pa. Vols be discharged to enable him to be mustered as 2nd Lieutenant of said Company he having received a commission from the Governor of Pennsylvania August 8th 1864 dated July 22 /64

This company has thirty Eight (38) enlisted men for duty and a Total of Present and Absent of Eighty One (81)

No of Officers in Regt21
" " Men " "520
" " Officers " Co2
" " Men " "81
[note: 520 could be 320]

The commission of Sergt. John L. Graham is herewith enclosed


I am Captain
Very Respectfully
Your Obdt Servt
Eli G Sellers
Capt Commanding
[edited version]

Head Quarters 91st Reg. Pa. Vols
August 10nt 1864
Forwarded Aug 10 /64 (direct) by mail
Major Samuel Breck
Asst. Adjt. Genl.
Major

I have the honor to transmit herewith a copy of the report forwarded August 5th 1864 in the case of A.J. Hill Musician of Co B. 91st P.V.


I am Major
Very Respectfully
Your Obdt. Servt
Eli G. Sellers
Capt Commdg.
[edited version]

[stamped at left:] COPIED [Perhaps this refers to the printed version in Offical Reports series 1 volume 40 part 1 pages 461-462]
Head Quarters 91st Reg. Pa Vet Vols
in the trenches near Petersburg Va. August 9nt 1864
Captain

In Compliance with directions of Special Order No 209 Hd. Qrs Army of the Potomac I have the honor to submit the following report of the part taken by this command in the several operations of this campaign from the crossing of the Rapidan May 4th 1864 to the assualt [sic] on the Enemys [sic] works in front of Petersburg Va July 30th 1864

First epoch = The Regiment with 1st Brig. 1st Division (Brig. Genl. R. B. Ayer Commanding) took up the line of March 8 1/2 A.M. May 4th crossed the Rapidan at Germania Ford moved in the direction of the Plank Road towards Mine Run. Halted 1 1/2 P.M. established a Picket line. 12 M the 5th formed line with Brigade advanced on the enemy were repulsed. On the 6th the Regt. moved to the left of the plank road towards the front relieved a Division of reserves; left the works 1 A.M. 7nt for the rear and halted within the lines. relieved the 15nt Artillery 8 A.M. the 7nt moved 11 P.M. on the Plank Road passing the Cavalry at "Todds Corner": making a forced march all night; reaching Laurel Hill. Charged the enemy at 10 A.M. The 8th The Brigade was repulsed leaving this command holding its position. A new line was formed under the Command of Col. Hoffman 56th Regt. Pa. Vet. Vols. 2nd Brig. 4th Division This Regiment joining in the 2nd charge reached the Burnt House and held the ground. Ordered to retire about 200 yards and built Breast Works Bivouacked for the night. Remained quiet during the 9nt in the Afternoon sent pickets to the front holding the "Burnt House" Sharp firing on the line during the night, and occasionaly cannonading during the day following. Nothing of interest occured untill [sic] the 12th A charge was made about 8 a.m. and owing to some confusion in the 9th Mass. Vols. was unsuccessfull. Received orders to fall Back by an Aid from Genl. Ayre

Second Epoch = At 3 P.M. 12th took up the line and marching slowly through Rain and Mud halted: formed line to support the 6th Corps bivouacked for the night Moved at daylight 13nt Built Breast Works, at 10 P.M. moved again reaching Spottsylvania a [sic] daylight 14nt 8 A.M. the 140th N.Y. and this Regt. under the command of Lt. Col. Otis 140th N.Y. Vols. started on a reconaisance [sic] to the Front. discovered a Battery of the enemys [sic] near the Myers or Galt House a sharp fire ensued lasting about 1/2 an hour when a charge was made driving them from their position taking the hill and house [crossed out: one how (?)] one hour after was relieved by a brigade of the 6 Corps who held the place but a few hours, the enemy driving them from the hill and reoccupied it. Where upon this regt with brigade again charged. drove the enemy back the second time taking the house A short time after recovering the place a brigade of the 6 Corps (Col Penrose Commdg) appeared [?] but found the enemy had been already driven back, and the hill again in our possession. Relieved the second time and retired to the rear the command needing rest was permitted to bivouac for the night: 6 A.M. 15th moved again. raining and muddy. 17th found us opposite Spotsylvania C.H. Worked all night throwing up breast work. heavy firing during the 18th on the 19th after maneuvering for some time halted in the woods on the left of rifle pits remained near this place till the 21st [part of the first sentence of the third epoch report is printed here and crossed out]

Third Epoch At 10 A.M. 21st prepared for a long march moved at 1 pm taking the Richmond and Fredricksburg R.R. passing Guineas [?] Station. Crossed the Matapony halted at "Edge Hill Seminary" we resumed the march to Hanover Junction skirmishing with rear of the enemy. Forded the "North Anna", at 2 1/2 p.m. formed line of battle. about 6 p.m. the enemy attempted to effect a surprise by a sudden attack causing some wavering, and as our line was in the advance we were directed to fall back on the line established by Switzers Brigade. the fighting continued for one hour, built breast works during the night the enemy making several attempts to cut through our lines but failed. at 4 1/2 p.m. 24" moved again and rested ne ar the Gordonsville RR. Time occupied in strengthening the position establishing the picket line and occasional skirmishing. At 4 1/2 AM 25 moved to the left. threw up breastworks in the woods established a picket line and bivouacked for the night. 8 pm 26 the brigade moved quietly and recrossed the North Anna

4th Epoch = Crossed the "Pamunky" 28th and bivouacked for the night 29nt resumed the march moved about 2 miles skirmishing untill [sic] near Sundown threw up Breastworks, bivouacked for the night. 29nt resumed the march advanced towards Bottom Bridge 2 P.M. threw up Breast works the enemy commenced shelling changed Front to the rear in double quick second line of Breast Works formed bivouacked for the night 7 AM 31st relieved by 9nt Corps retired to the left Remained during the day and bivouacked for the night. June 1st at 11 A.M. moved to the left driving the enemy about 2 miles Halted on the Mechanicsville pike moved across the Road formed in the works of Cutlers Division 1/2 [?] A.M. 2nd recrossed the Road built Breast Works again and [sic] Interval being made in the line by withdrawing the 9nt Corps and Bartelts [?] Brigade without notice this Regt was moved suddenly to the rear the Balance of the Brigade not leaving in time the enemy appeared and captured those that remained. moved to the rear double quick and reformed the enemy Keeping up a heavy fire remained untill [sic] day light 3rd men under arms at day light the 4th & 5th 10 P.M. 5th moved again reaching near Allens Mills "Cold Harbor" A Slow and tedious march skirmishing with the enemy forcing him at each conflict to retire. Encamped and Brigade re-organized. Genl Ayre Commanding Division Col. Gregory the Brigade designated 1st Brig. 2nd Division

5th Epoch = At 4 1/2 am struck tents and moved in the direction of the Chickahominy Crossed on Pontoons. at daylight 13nt resumed the march in an easterly direction halted and threw up Works marched at 7 1/2 oclock P.M. South easterly reaching a field near Charles City C.H. and pitched Tents. Received orders with 155nt Pa Vols to leave the Brigade. Transferred to 2nd Brig. 1st Div near Charles City C. H. June 15nt 1864. left 4 a.m. the 16nt crossed the James River at 9 a.m. reached an Old Rebel Camp 3 Miles South of Petersburg about 12 P.M. bivouacked for the night 11 a.m. the 18nt formed line of Battle with 32nd Mass. 21nt Pa (Dismounted) Cavalry and 155nt Pa Vols. all placed under the command of Col. E. M. Gregory 91st Reg. Pa. Vet. Vols. advanced upon the enemy drove him across the Petersburg and Norfolk R.R. remained on the North Bank of the R.R. a short time advanced again driving him into his entrenchments about 1/4 of mile from R.R. and [crossed out: bivouacked for the night] threw up Breast Works Was attacked about 11 p.m. drove him back kept up the firing during the Night Relieved by a portion of Crawfords [sic] Division. 4 1/2 A.M. retired on the R.R. and bivouacked for the night. left the R.R. 9 1/2 P.M. the 20th moved S.E. of the R.R. half a mile and bivouacked for the night. Left again 10 a.m. 21st moved towards the left of the line halted 12 M. on the Cheeses farm. The left wing of the Regiment sent out as skirmishers on the right of the Jerusalem plank Road the balance of the Regt. with 62nd Pa Vols. following about 3 P.M. and took position to support Skirmish line. advanced about 1/2 mile driving the enemys [sic] Picket line before us and establishing the line. threw up Breast Works and remained untill [sic] about 4 A.M. 23rd were relieved by the 1st Brigade ordered to the left of the Plank Road in Position on the Ground where a portion of the 2nd Corps had been driven from the night previous remained untill [sic] 9 AM was relieved by the 4th N.Y. Heavy Artillery and returned to camp half a Mile east of Cheeses House near the Jerusalem Plank Road Struck Tens at 6 P.M. on the 24th and moved to the left of the line about 2 miles south of Cheeses Farm-House near the Jerusalem Plank Road-to support the 6th Corps Threw up Breast-Works remained untill [sic] 6 P.M. on the 25th were relieved by the "Corcoran Legion" and returned to camp again where we remained sending details for working parties from the 6th to 20th of July 3 A.M. 21st relieved the 21st Pa. Cav. (dismounted) in the front (on the left of the Jerusalem Plank Road) found the Works and Camp in a filthy Condition devoted all spare time in cleaning up and reconstructing the Works leaving a detail at Old Camp for guard. 26th commenced a new line of Breast Works to the right of the Road 8 A.M. 27nt discontinued working and moved 8 P.M. 28th relieved 1st Brig. 2nd Division about 1 mile to the right reaching the works at 10 P.M. The Front line being occupied by 155th Pa Vols. and 21st Pa (Dismounted) Cavalry this command with 22 Mass. Vols bivouacked in the rear for the night. On the 29nt formed a new line and Built Bomb Proofs. 1 AM 30th packed Head Qr Wagon left the Camp with the Guard and joined the Command at the Front Action commenced at 4.20 A.M. the 30th by destroying the enemys [sic] Front in Front of 9nt Corps, followed by heavy firing along the line untill [sic] 10.30. the Regt taking no part in this action

The casualties from May 4th to July 30th is [sic] herewith transmitted


I am Captain
Very Respectfully
Your Obdt. Servt
John D Lentz
Major Commdg
To [?]
Capt L D McFarland
Asst Adjt Genl
2nd Brig 1st Div 5th corps

[written vertically to the left of the signature:] Forwarded Aug 9th 1864
[edited version]

Head Quarters 91st Reg. Pa Vet Vols
August 9nt 1864
Capt. J. D. McFarland
Asst Adjt. Genl.
Captain

In compliance with Special Orders No 209 from Hd. Qrs Army of the Potomac. I have the honor to submit the following nominal statement of Casualties in this command from May 4th (the date of Crossing the Rapidan) to July 30th /64

Commissioned officers Enlisted Men Aggregate Remarks
KilledWoundedMissingTotal KilledWoundedMissingTotal   
0606 441282174 180 

I am Captain Very Respectfully
Your Most Obdt. Servt
John D. Lentz
Major Commdg

[Written vertically to the left of the signature:] Forwarded Aug 9th 64
duplicate Copy forwarded Sept 21st /64
[edited version]

Head Quarters 91st P.V V
August 13" 1864
Lt

I am directed by the Capt. Commdg Regt. to acknowledge the receipt of your Communication of the 8th inst.; and to State in reply that the name of Wm Reiff, does not appear on Special Order No 186 Hd. Qrs 5th Corps July 30th .64 directing the detail of certain musicians to report at Hospital of 5th Corps at City Point

The names of the following appear on the detail - and were ordered to report as directed

Joseph WiddifieldCoD
William Coyle"G
John Falls"H
Saml Dougherty"I
Will Kirkpatrick"K

I am Lieut
Very Respectfully
Yours &c
B. J Tayman
To
Lieut Geo. R Reed
32nd Mass Vols
Commdg detail
[edited version]

Head Quarters 91st Regt Penna Vet Vols
August 30" 1864
To
Capt. J. D. McFarland
Asst. Adjt. General
Captain

I have the honor to submit the following report of Number, Kind and Calibre of Arms in this command:-

CommandNo of GunsKind of ArmsCalibreNo. of rounds of AmmunitionRemarks
91st P.V.V.205Springfield Rifle Muskets58'10.250Fifty (50) rounds per man

I am Capt.
Very Respct &c
(Signd) Eli G Sellars
Capt. Commanding
[edited version]

Head Quarters 91st Reg. Pa. Vet. Vols.
August 30th 1864
Capt Geo E Scott
Vet. R. Corps
Captain

I have the honor to report in compliance with instructions from your office of the 13nt inst. that the Descriptive Lists of Deserters for the Month of April 1864 were forwarded to your office one copy direct and one through the regular channel at the last of the Month a duplicate copy of which I herewith forward

During the Months of January and February the Regiment was furloughed to recruit and re-organize as Veterans the Reports referred to were included in the reports for the month of April. The report for the month of May was ommited [sic]. I have to make the following explanation thereof. The Campaign opened May 4th 1864 and with but a short interval has continued untill [sic] the present time. The Regimental wagon (containing Blanks, Books and Papers) being separated from the Command no facilities were at hand to furnish these reports nor could the time be so devoted without detriment to the public service

Enclosed please find the reports due to 31st of August

I assumed Command of the Regiment August 9th succeeding Major John D Lentz absent Sick


I am Captain
Very Respectfully
Your Obdt. Servt
Eli G. Sellers
Capt Commdg.
[edited version]

Head Quarters 91st Regt Pa Vet Vols Sept 2nd 1864
Capt E C Bennett
Actg Asst Inspector Genl
Capt

I have the honor to Submit the following report

[I have reoriented the table vertically to make it fit better.]
Duty Comm Officers 15
Enlisted Men 220
Present Comm Officers 15
Enlisted Men 228
Gain Comm Officers  
Enlisted Men  
Loss Comm Officers  
Enlisted Men  
Drills Squad 0
Company 0
Regimental 0
Inspections Company one
Regimental one
Dress Parades 0
Remarks  
Deficiencies
[The following is in four columns in the manuscript.]
Ordnance & Ordnance Stores
(1) one Gun and accoutrements
(2) Gun Slings (Two)
(2) Two Catridge [sic] box belt plates
(2) Two " " plates
(2) Two " " tins
(3) Three Thumb Vices
(4) Four Ball Screws

Clothing
(2) Two Forage Caps
(14) Fourteen Blouses
(14) Fourteen Pants
(26) Twenty Six Shirts
(18) Eighteen pr Drawers
(67) Sixty [sic] pr Stockings
(30) Thirty " Shoes
(17) Seventeen Blankets (Woolen)
Camp & Garrison Equippage
(18) Knapsacks Eighteen
(2) Two Haversacks
(3) Three Canteens
(2) Two Great Coat Straps
(13) Thirteen Shelter tents
(5) Five Camp Kettles
(5) Mess Pans Five
(9) Nine Camp Hatchets & Handles
No deficiency in ammunition

I am Capt.
Very Respectfully
Your Obt Servt
(sgd) Eli G Sellers
Capt Comng
[edited version]

Head Quarters 91st Reg. P.V.V.
September 6th 1864
Capt E. C. Bennett
Actg. Asst. Adjt. Genl.
Captain

I have the honor to request that Sergt. John Hamill Co. "D" 91st Pa Vet. Vols be discharged to enable him to be mustered as 1st Lieut. of said Company he having received a Commission from the Governor of Pennsylvania Sept 6th 1864 dated July 26th 1864

This Company has Fifty-two (42) [note: the 'Fifty' and '4' are obviously overwritten; I can't tell from the microfilm which is the later; it looks like 'Fifty-two' and '42', but that is obviously wrong.] men present and a total of Present and Absent of Sixty Eight (68) with but One Commissioned Officer namely Capt. Wm H. Carpenter

No of Officers in Regt.22
" " Men " "511
" " Officers " Co1
" " Men " "68

The commission of Sergt. Hamill is herewith enclosed


I am Captain
Very Respectfully
Your Obdt. Servt
Eli G. Sellers
Capt. Commdg
[edited version]

Head Quarters 91st Regt Pa Vet Vols
September 7" 1864
Capt E C Bennett
Actg Asst Adjt Genl
Capt

I have the honor to report the names of the following Officers who failed to render their returns for Ordnance for 2nd Quarter of 1864

Capt Francis H Gregory Co "A" 91st Pa. Vet. Vols

Lieut Edward J Maguigan Co "C" " " " "


I am Capt.
Very Respectfully &c sgd E. G. Sellers Capt Com.
[edited version]

Head Qrs 91st PVV
September 7th 1864
Capt E C Bennett
A A A G
Capt

I have the honor to report the names of the following officers other than Company Officers who were responsible for Ordnance during the month of December 1863 D H Lentz R. Q. M. 91st PV


I am capt very respct yours &c
Eli G Sellers
Capt commdg
[edited version]

Head Quarters 91st Regt Pa Vet Vols
September 9th 1864
Capt E C Bennett
A. A. A. Genl.
Capt

I have the honor to request that the following be forwarded to the Commanding General of the Army

The enclosed application was made to the A. C. M. of Div. to have certain enlisted men discharged by reason of expiration of term of Service but was returned with the endorsement "referring to Circular No 36 1864 A. G. O

There appears [sic] to be different opinions as to the provisions of this Circular the practice of some A. C. Ms being to muster out men as their term of Service expires, and others to refuse. I therefore feel it due to those of this command to make this appeal to settle the question and if consistent request that the men whose names appear on the enclosed list be discharged as they shall have served their term of enlistment without reference to the date of their company organization.

Without desiring to be considered as presuming to discuss the question I feel that I will be pardoned for presenting to the General Commanding what I understand to be the meaning of that portion of Circular No 36 referring to the discharge of enlisted men in Veteran Regiments as their time expires viz:--

Paras 1 and 2 of General Remarks allude to organizations only and not to fractional parts. Paragr 4 giving in detail the discharge of enlisted men, refers to fractional parts of Commands and concludes by directing that where questions arise they shall be referred to Army or Department commanders.

On this Subject, Questions have arisen. some men were mustered out and others denied the ACMs acting in pursuance of their various convictions as to the meaning of the Circular

As a further illustration notice was received at these Hd Qrs that Corpl James P Gessler Co "C" 91st Regt P.V. [crossed out: V.] was mustered out at Philad. August 20th /64 the date of his expiration of Service while those who enlisted on the same day (and are now with the Army) are held until Sept 20th 64

The list includes all whose term [crossed out: of] expires on or before the date of the organization of the Regt Dec 4th 1864

[Crossed out: The] I make this appeal in behalf of men who have always done their duty faithfully and trust that it will meet with the favorable consideration of the General Commanding


I am Capt
Very Respectfully
Your &c
(Sigd) Eli G Sellers
Capt Commdg
[edited version]

Head Quarters 91st Reg. Pa Vet. Vols
September 10nt 1864
Capt. E. C. Bennett
Act. Asst. Adjt. Genl.
Captain

I have the honor herewith most respectfully to request that musicians Thos. E. Coyle and John Falls now detailed ['detailed' seems to have been written over 'detached'] in 5th Corps Hospital City Point Va. may be returned to their Regt. for duty. The drum corps being now entirely broken up


I am Captain
Very Respectfully
Your Obdt. Servt.
Eli G Sellers
Capt. Commdg Regt.
[edited version]

Head Qrs 91st Regt Pa Vet Vols
September 13th 1864
Capt E C Bennett
A A A Genl
Capt

I have the honor to request that the enclosed Copies of Communications be forwarded as an explanation for the Absence of Wm E Reiff from Corps Hospital City Point

It will be seen that his [crossed out: t (at beginning of 'his')] name does not appear on the order of detail from Corps Hd Qrs and that Lieut. Reed was so informed by my note to him of 13th Augt--why he persists in reporting this Soldier detailed but not reported" is a matter of surprise to me


I am Capt
Very Respcty
Yours &c
(Sgd) Eli Sellers
Capt Commdg
[edited version]

Head Quarters 91st Regt Pa Vet Vols
September 14" 1864
Capt E C Bennett
A A A Genl
Capt

In accordance with Circular from your Hd Qrs. dated Sept 13" '64 I have the honor to report the Deficiencies in Clothing and Camp and Garrison Equipage as follows:-

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Command91st P.V.V.
Fatigue Caps20
Dress Coats5
Trousers53
Blouses33
Shirts66
Drawers83
Stockings171
Shoes52
Great Coats12
Great Coat Straps (Pairs)7
Blankets Woolen52
Blankets Rubber30
Knapsacks31
Haversacks25
Canteens8
Shelter Tents15 1/2
Compy Morning Report Books (Pamphlet [illegible word--perhaps books])10
Drums (Complete)2
Batter Heads2
Snare Heads4
Drum Slings2
Drumsticks pairs3
Fifes C2

I am Captain
Very Respectfully
Yours &c
E G Sellers
Cap Commdg
[edited version]

Hd Qrs 91st Regt Pa Vet Vols
September 15" 1864
Capt E C Bennett
A A A Genl
Capt

I have the honor to request that 2nd Lieut. John L. Graham Co "E" 91st Regt Pa Vet Vols be granted permission to go to Alexandria Va for the purpose of getting Sundry Articles of Clothing, Camp & Garrison Equipage sent there for Storage [crossed out words: April 1864] per Circular from Hd Qrs 3rd Brig 2nd Div 5 Corps


I am Capt
Very Respctfy
Yours &c
(Sgd) Eli G Sellers
Capt Commdg
[edited version]

Head Qurs 91st Regt Pa Vet Vols
September 16th 1864
Lieut B J Tayman
A B Inspector
Lieut

I have the honor to submit the following report

Duty Comm' Officers 14
Enlisted Men 232
Present Comm' Officer 15
Enlisted M 235
Gain Comm Officers  
Enlisted Men 5
Loss Comm' Officer 1
Enlist Men 5
Drills Squad Five
Company Five
Regimental  
Inspections Company one
Regiment one
Dress Parades one
Remarks Cap Carpenter sent to Hosp. Wounded
(5) men disch by Expiration of term
(2) Recruits (gained) from depot
(2) men " " [two illegible words]
(1) man (") " desertion
[I have reoriented the table from horizontal to vertical to make it fit better.]
No deficiencies in Ordnance or Ordnance Stores
I am Capt
Very Respectfully
Your &c
Eli G Sellars
Capt Commdg
[edited version]

Hd Qrs 91st Regt Pa Vet Vols
September 16 1864
Brig Genl L Thomas
Adjt. Genl USA
General

I have the honor herewith most respectfully to request that this Regt may be furnished with Pamphlet Morning Report Books for one (1) year. none being on hand with the Regiment


I am Genl
Very Respectfully
Your &c
Eli G Sellers
Capt Commdg
[edited version]

Hd Qrs 91st Regt Pa Vet Vols
September 16" 1864
Capt E. C. Bennett
A A A Genl
Capt

I have the honor herewith most respectfully to request that musicians Thos E Coyle and John Falls now detached in 5th Corps Hospital City Point, Va be relieved by Musicians George Black and William C Reiff and the former be returned to their Regt for duty


I am Capt
Very Respect"
Yours &c
Capt E G Sellers
[edited version]

Hd Qrs 91st Regt P.V.V.
Sept 16" 1864
Brig Genl L Thomas
Adjt Genl USA
General

I have the honor to request information in regard to the date of Muster into the U.S. Service of Henry Linkerman who was a private in Co A of the 47th Regt Penna Vols who was transferred to this Regt about the 19" of March 1862. He reports that he was enlisted into the State Service on the 13th day of August 1861 at Easton Pa and into the U.S. Service on the 15th day of September 1861 under Col T H Good [?] at Camp Curtin near Harrisburg Pa When he was transferred to this Regt no Descriptive Rolls or papers of any kind were sent with him


I Am Genl
Very Respectfully
Your &c
Eli G Sellers
[edited version]

Head Quarters 91st Reg. Pa. Vet. Vols
September 19nt 1864
Capt. E. C. Bennett
A. A. A. Genl.
Captain

I have the honor to report that no casualities [sic] have occurred in this command since Sept 9nt 1864


I am Captain
Very Respectfully
Your Obdt. Servt
Eli G Sellers
Capt. Commdg.
[edited version]

Hd Qurs. 91st Regt Penna Vet Vols.
September 24" 1864
Capt E C Bennett
Actg Asst. Adjt Genl
Capt

I have the honor to report in compliance with Circular from Hd Qrs 1 Div 5th Corps of Sept 21st 1864 as follows:--

Antietam Md.Sept 18" 1862
Leetown VaOct 16 & 17 "
Fredericksburg "Dec 13 "
Chancellorsville "May 1st & 3 1863
Gettysburg PaJuly 2nd & 3 "
Wapping Heights Va" 23 "
Brandy Station "Oct 11th "
Bristow Station "" 14 "
Rappahannock " "Nov 7th "
Mine Run "" 30th "
Wilderness "May 5", 6", & 7" 1864
Laurel Hill " " 8 & 12 "
Spotsylvania "" 14" & 16" "
North Anna River "" 23 & 25 "
Old Church "" 29" & 30" "
Bethesda Church "June 1st & 2nd "
Norfolk Rail Road "" 18th "
Jerusalem Plank Road "" 21" & 23rd "
Weldon Rail RoadAug 18" 21" "
Seige [sic] of Petersburg 

I am Capt
Very Respectfully
Your Obt Servt
Eli G Sellers
Capt Commdg
[edited version]

Camp on Weldon Rail Road Va
September 23rd 1864
Howard W Shipley
Lieut and Actg Adjt
Lieut

I have the honor to report that John McGeehan a private of Co "D" 91st Regt P.V.V. was wounded while on picket in the Wilderness Va on the night of the 6" of May. '64 and that he was sent to Division Hospital (1st Division 5" Corps) that night: from which time I have received no official account of him


I am Lieut
Very Respect &c
(sgd) John Hamill
1st Lieut of Co D 91st PVV

Hd Qrs. 91st Regt Pa Vet Vols
September 26" 1864
Major Samuel Breck
Asst Adjt Genl
Major

I have the honor to transmit herewith a Statement of Lieut John Hamill's relative to private John McGeehan Co "D" 91st Regt Pa Vet Vols


I am Major
Very Respectfully &c
(sgd) Eli G Sellers
Capt. Commanding

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