91st PA--regimental letters, 1865

Regimental letters, January to June 1865

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

[edited version]

Hd Qrs 91s Regt Pa V Vols
January 1st 1865
Lieut L C Bartlett
A A A Genl
Lieut

I have the honor to transmit herewith the requested papers for the discharge of men of this Command which was recommended by the Board instituted by S. O. 167. Div. Hd Qrs


I am Lieut Very Respectfully &c
Eli G Sellers
Lieut Col Commdg
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Hd Qrs 91s Regt Pa Vet Vols
January 1st 1865
Lieut L C Bartlett
A A A Genl
Lieut

I have the honor to request that Commissary Sergt John C Partenheimer and Willm Knapp Co "B" be discharged to enable them to be mustered the former as Captain & the latter as 1 Lieut of Said Company They having received Commissions from the Governor of Penna

This Company has twenty seven enlisted men Present and a total of "Present & Absent" of 52

No of Officers in Regiment17
No of Men " "514[could be 314?]
" " Officers " Companynone
" " Men " "52

The Commissions of Com Sergt J C Partenheimer & Wm Knapp are herewith enclosed.


I am Lieut &c
Eli G Sellers
Lt Col Commdg
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Hd Qrs 91st Regt Pa V Vols
January 4 1865
Lieut L C Bartlett
A A A Genl
Lieut

I have the honor to request that 1st Sergt Wm H Fraily Co H 91st Penna Vet Vols be discharged to enable him to be mustered as 1st Lieut of said Co. he having recd a Commission from the Governor of Pennsylvania

This Company has twenty nine enlisted men present and a total of present & absent of forty two.

No of Officers in Regiment19
" " Men " "512
" " Officers " Company1
" " Men " "42

The Commission of 1 Sergt Wm H Fraily Co "H" is herewith enclosed.


I am Lieut Very Respectfully &c
Eli G Sellers
Lt Col Commdg
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Hd Qrs 91st Pa V. Vols
January 4th 1864 [sic; sc. 1865]

Charge and Specification preferred against 1 Lieut Thomas F Walter Co "A" 91st Pa V Vols

Charge: Disobedience of Orders

Specification: In this: that said Thomas F Walter 1 Lieut Co "A" 91st P.V.V. having been duly detailed to go on Picket by the Adjutant on the 31st day of December 1864 And having been told by Lt. Col Eli G Sellers Commdg the Regiment that he could not be excused unless by Surgeons Certificate did Positively refuse to obey the order stating that he would go under arrest first

All this at the Camp of the 91st Pa V Vols on or about the 31st day of December 1864

Lieut Col Eli G Sellers Witnesses
Surgeon Wm G Keir
Asst Surg. Geo S Oldmixon
Adjutant J R Allen

(sgd) Eli G Sellers
Lt Col Commdg
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Hd Qrs 91st Pa V Vols
January 9" 1865
Lieut L C Bartlett
A A A Genl
Lieut

I have the honor to report that the Patent Expansive Tompion is Considered a great improvement and far superior to the wooden one


I am Lieu very Respt &c
Eli G Sellers
Lt Col Commdg
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Charge & Specification preferred against Private John Blum Co K 91st P. V. Vols

Charge Absence with [sic] leave

Specification:--In this. that Said John Blum Private Co "K" 91st Pa V Vols did on or about the 10th day of October 1864 receive a furlough for 10 days to visit his home in Bermingham Allegheny [sic] Co Pa on account of sickness in his family at the expiration of which the said John Blum did fail to report to his company & regiment unlit [sic] arrested as a deserter and forwarded under guard to his regiment Jany 9" 1865

All this at or near Petersburg Va on or about the 9" day of January 1865


Eli G Sellers Lt Col Witness
Geo G Coster 1 Lt Witness
Eli G Sellers
Sgd Lieut Col Commdg
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Hd Qrs 91st Pa V Vols
January 19 1865
Lieut L C Bartlett
A A A G
Lieut

In compliance with instruction from your Hd Qrs I have the honor to Submit the names of Officers Brevetted in this Command

Colonel E M Gregory Brvt Brig Genl
Capt John F Casner " Major

I am Lieut Very Respecty &c
Eli G Sellers
Lieut Col Commdg
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Hd Qrs 91 Pa V. Vols
January 31st 1865
Capt Geo F Morgan
A B Inspector
Capt

In Compliance with instruction I have the honor to report that only one Company has a Company Cook. The men of the other Companies preferring to cook their own victuals in messes the occupants of each tent constituting a mess


I am Capt Very Respectf
Your Obt Serv
Sgd John S Donnell
Capt Commdg
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Hd Qrs 91st Pa V Vols
February 2" 1865
Bvt Maj Jos Ashbrook
Ord Off.
Maj

In compliance with instructions I have the honor to report the following surplus ordnance in this Commd

5 Springfd R Muskets

4 Bayonet Scabbard

4 Cartridge Boxes & 3 Plates

3 Cartridge Box Belts & Plates

4 Waist Belts & Plates

4 Cap Pouches

4 Gun Slings


I am Maj
Very Respecty
Your &c
(Sgd) John S. Donnell
Capt Commdg
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Hd Qrs 91st Pa V. Vols
February 3" 1865
Capt E S Farnsworth
A A A Genl
Capt

I have the honor to forward the following names of enlisted men to be detailed as Stretcher bearers

Private Thomas WallaceCo "B"
" Robt. T Earnest" "C"

I am Capt
Very Respect &c
John S Donnell
Cap Commdg
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Hd Qrs 91s Pa V Vols
February 17" 1865
Capt Geo F Morgan
A. A. A. G.
Capt

I have the honor to request that William H Carpenter Capt. Co "D" 91st Pa V Vols now detailed as member of Gen. Court Martial convened at Philadelphia Pa by virtue of S. O. 293 H Qrs Dept. of the Susquehanna Chambersburg Pa December 5" 1864: be returned to his regt for duty. His Company is at present without a Comm off.


I am Capt &c
Eli G Sellers
Lieut Col. Commdg
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Hd Qrs 91s Pa V Vols
February 22" 1865
Capt Gentry
A A A G.
Cap

In compliance with circular from your Hd Qrs I have the honor to report no [looks like '1ho'??] officers entitled to be mustered out of Service


Very Respecty &c
Eli G Sellers
Lieut Col Commdg
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Hr Qrs 91 Pa V Vols
February 21' 1865
Capt Geo J Morgan
A. A. A. G
Capt

I have the honor to request that Joseph Gilbert 1 Sergt Co 'C' be discharged to enable him to be mustered as Captain of Said Company he having received a Commission from the Governor of Penna Feb 17" 65 Dated Oct 10 1864

This Company has 27 E Men present & a total of present & Absent of 43

No. of Officers in Regiment18
" " Men " "510
" " Officers " Company1
" " Men " "43
[note: '510' in the second line could be '310']

The Commission of Jos Gilbert 1s Sergt is herewith enclosed


I am Capt &c
Eli G Sellers
Lieut Col Commdg
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Hd Qrs 91s Pa V Vols
February 23' 1865
Commdg Officer
93 Pa Vols
Sir

An Enlisted Man named James Cleveland who claims to belong to the 93rd Pa Vols has been sent to this Regt under guard. There is no record of him on the rolls of this Command if he belong to you. you can have him by making application or sending Descriptive List


Very Respy &c
Eli G Sellers
Lieut Col Commdg
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Hd Qrs 91s Pa Vet Vols
March 4' 1865
Capt E S Farnsworth
A A A Genl
Capt

I have the honor to request that William Letourneau 1s Sergt Co "G" 91s Pa V Vols be dischgd to enable him to be mustered as 1s Lieut of said Compy he having received a commissn from the Governor of Penna

This Company has 24 E Men Present & a Total of Present & Abst of 34

No of Officers in Regiment18
" " E.M. " "510
" " Officers " Companynone
" " E Men " "34

The Commissn of 1s Sergt William Letourneau is herewith enclosed


I am Capt
Very Respec &c
Eli G Sellers
Lieut Col Commdg
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Hd Qrs 91s Pa Vet Vols
March 4' 1865
Capt E S Farnsworth
A A A Genl
Capt

I have the honor to request that George McMullin 1s Sergt Co "D" 91s Pa Vet Vols be discharged to enable him to be mustered as 1s Lieut of said Company he having recd a Commissn from the Governor of Penna

This Company has 42 Enlisted Men Present & a total of Pres. & Abst of 70

No of Officers in Regiment18
" " E Men " "510
" " Officers " Company1
" " E Men " "70

The Commissn of 1 Sergt Geo McMullin is here with enclosed


I am Capt &c
Eli G Sellers
Lieut Col Commdg
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Charge & Specifications preferred against Private John Wright of Co G 91st Regt P.V.V.
Charge absence without leave

Specification that Private John Wright Co "G" 91st Regt. P.V.V did absent himself from his Company and Regiment without proper authority on or about the 8th of March and did remain absent until arrested at City Point and was returned to his Regiment on the 12th inst. under guard. this at Camp near Hatchers Point Va


Witness
Wm Letourneau
1st Serg.

Eli G. Sellers
Lieut Col Commding
91st Regt. P.V.V.
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Hd Qrs 91st Regt. P.V.V.
March 17th 1865
Samuel Breck
Asst. Adjt. Genl
Sir

I have the honor to submit the following report in case of M.D. Miller Private Co "C" 91st Regt. P.V.V.

He is reported on the Rolls of the company as a drafted man from the fourteenth district. Franklin County Penna and reported for duty on the 27th of Sept. 1864, was sent to this Regt. along with a detachment of one hundred Drafted men and Substitutes, and arrived on the 14th of Oct. 1864 since which time he has been with the Regiment and has always been attentive to his duties


(Sgd) Eli G. Sellers
Lieut Col. Commding
91st Regt. P.V.V.
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Hd Qrs 91st Regt P.V.V.
March 23rd 1865
Samuel Beck
Asst. Adjt. Genl
Sir

I have the honor to submit the following report called for in the case of Zachariah A Schaffer Co F 91st Regt P.V.V. I learn from Sergt. Hause of that Company (the Captain being absent on leave) that this man was sent to this Regiment along with a Detachment of One Hundred Drafted men and Substitutes on the 14th day of Oct. 1864, as a Drafted man from the 16th Dist of Penna, and was assigned to Co F on the 15th of that month. He was sent to the Div. Hospital on the 21st day of Oct. 65 [sic], and has never been with the Regiment since that time


I am Sir Very Respect.
Your Obd. Servt
(Sgd.) Eli. G. Sellers
Lt. Col. Commding
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Hd Qrs 91st Regt. Pa. V. Vols.
March 23rd 1865
Charges & Specifications
Preferred against Capt. Joseph Gilbert Co C. 91st P.V.V.

Charge 1st. Disobedience of Orders

Specification 1st that Capt Joseph Gilbert Co "C" 91st Regt P.V.V., when ordered by the Commanding Officer of the Regiment, Lieut. Col Eli G. Sellers, to take Command of Co F in the first division of the Regiment, while on Parade for Review, he the said Capt Joseph Gilbert, did not obey the order but did say in a very disrespectful manner, that there was some God damn funny things agoing on here.

Charge 2nd Contempt and disrespect towards his Commanding Officer

Specification 1st In this that Capt Joseph Gilbert did when ordered by his Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Eli G. Sellers, to take command of a Comp. in first Division of his Regiment behave in a very disrespectful manner and say that there was some God damn funny things agoing on here

This at or near Hatchers Run Va on or about the 16th day of March 1865


Witness
(Sgd) Eli G. Sellers
Lt. Col. Comdg 91st P.V.V

(Sgd) Eli G. Sellers
Lt Col. Commdg.
91st Regt. P.V.Vols.
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Hd Qrs 91st Pa V Vols
April 27' 1865'
Capt E S Farnsworth
A A A Genl
Capt

In Compliance with orders from your Hd Qrs I have the honor to recommend that the following be Appointed by Brevet

Major John F Casner

Capt William E Michael

Capt Theo A Hope

1s Lieut John L Graham

For meritorious conduct during the late campaign


I am Capt &c
Eli G. Sellers
Lieut Col Comming
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Hd Qrs 91st Pa V Vols
May 31st 1865
Col. Fred J Locke
A A Genl
Colonel

I have the honor to submit the following Report in the case of Capt Gilbert. It is true he was placed under arrest on the 16" day of March while the regiment was on review, for disobedience of orders & conduct prejudicial to good order & military discipline. He was tried before the court of which Howard W Prince 20 Me. Vols was judge advocate on the 28" day of the same month since which time his case has not been heard from. He has forwarded his resignation to these Hd Qrs which was returned to him as I did not think that it would be proper to forward it while awaiting the result of the trial

This Officer did absent himself from the regiment without proper authority on or about the 31st day of March and did remain absent until the 23 day of April 1865


I am Colonel &c
Eli G Sellers
Lieut Col Commdg

Hd Qrs 91st Pa V Vols
June 1865
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