91st PA: Bernard ("Barney") McNulty

Bernard ("Barney") McNulty

Before the war

He was born in 1837/38, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [sources: date: 3 (26 in 1863), 9 (23 in 1861). place: 3, 9]

Before enlisting, he worked as a laborer at various jobs, drove a cart, and assisted in a manufacturing establishment. He earned $10 to $12 per week, which he always gave to his mother. [source: 15]

In 1860, he was living in ward 1, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with Catherine (presumably his mother), and John and James McNulty (presumably siblings), along with another family. He was a laborer. [source: 18]

When he enlisted, he was a laborer, and was living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [sources: 3, 9]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 7-1/2 inches tall, and had a dark complexion, grey eyes, and dark hair. [sources: 3, 9 (5'8", dark complexion, gray eyes, brown hair)]

During the war

Perhaps he also served in the 116th Pennsylvania Infantry. (Could he have been assigned to them temporarily after he returned from deserting?) [source: 19]

He enlisted and was mustered into service as a private in company E on 4 September 1861, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [sources: 1, 9, 19]

In the 1861 election, he was part of a group taken to vote by Alderman Lentz, apparently on Dickerson Street, between Seventh and Eighth, in the Eighth Precinct, First Ward. [source: 14]

He deserted on 21 August 1862, at Alexandria Virginia. On 13 March 1683, he returned to duty under the president's proclamation. He was first present with the regiment on 24 March 1863. [sources: 4, 8]

He fought in the Battle of Gettysburg. [source: 5]

He re-enlisted for three years, as a veteran volunteer, at Bealton Virginia, on 24 December 1863. He was mustered in on 26 December 1863. He was enrolled by Lieutenant Carpenter, and mustered into service by Lieutenant Swann (this may relate to his original enlistment). [sources: 1, 3, 15]

On 1 March 1864, Colonel Gregory detached him to collect conscripts, at Philadelphia. [source: 6]

He was killed in action on 18 June 1864 at Petersburg Virginia, by being shot in the throat while charging the enemy's works. He was a private, in company E. He was buried on 23 November 1864, in Cathedral Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [sources: 1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 13, 15, 19]

On 26 January 1865, company E published resolutions mourning his death (and fifteen others), and sympathizing with their families. [source: 11]

After the war

On 11 August 1864, his mother, Catharine McNulty, applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension, under the Act of 14 July 1862. She was 45 years old, and her post office address was 831 Dickerson Street, Philadelphia. [sources: 12, 15, 16]

In December 1875, the Pension Office told the pension agent to suspend payment of Catharine McNulty's pension. This was presumably because her attorneys, Joseph E Devitt & Company, did not execute the documents properly (see pension fraud). On 24 January 1876, they told the pension agent to resume payment. [source: 15]

On 14 May 1882, Catharine McNulty died, at 1424 South 8th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She died of apoplexy. She was 76 years old, and had been born in Ireland. On 17 May 1882, she was buried, in Cathedral Cemetery. She was dropped from the pension rolls on 30 July 1883. [sources: 15, 17]

Sources

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)

2 list of deaths, company E

3 descriptive roll, company E, entry 61 (Barney McNulty)

4 register of deserters, company E, entry 9

5 Pennsylvania Memorial, 91st Pennsylvania plaque, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (Barney McNulty)

6 letter, Sinex to Marvin, 7 March 1864

7 special order 13, HQ 91st PA, 1 March 1864

8 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 24 March 1863 (Barney McNulty)

9 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 6 May 2004 (Barney McNulty)

10 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 29 June 1864 (Private McNulty)

11 'Headquarters company E', Philadelphia Inquirer 26 January 1865 page 5 (Barney McNulty)

12 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company E (Bernard McNulty)

13 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 18 June 1864 (Barney McNulty)

14 'The Sheriff contested election case', Philadelphia Press Monday 23 June 1862 page 4 (Barney McNulty)

15 dependent's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, certificate WC 37562 (Catharine McNulty, mother of Bernard McNulty)

16 pension index, by name, 91st PA Infantry, company E (Bernard McNulty)

17 death certificate, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, 14 May 1882, Catharine McNulty (not transcribed; see FamilySearch)

18 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 1, precinct 8, microfilm series M653, film 1151, page 421 = 161 handwritten (Barney McNulty)

19 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Barney McNulty)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1850 US census
Family Search and Ancestry indices (accessed 31 March 2013)
1860 US census
A Bernard McNulty, 23, dyer, born Ireland is living with Margaret (67) and Margaret (18), in ward 3, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1860 US census, microfilm series M653, film 1153, p.455 = 231 handwritten FamilySearch)
note that his birthplace differs from the regimental records, his occupation and apparent mother's name differ from the widow's pension certificate file, and he is pretty clearly the Bernard McNulty married to Ellen living in Philadelphia in the 1870 and 1880 censuses
1870 US census
Family Search and Ancestry indices (accessed 31 March 2013)
see the note above on the 1860 census for the B McNulty (35), with Ellen (30), Lizzie (8), and John (5), in ward 17 district 50 (1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 2nd enumeration, ward 17, district 50, microfilm series M593, film 1430, page 90 verso = 26 handwritten, headed 'Hancock Street'
1880 US census
see the note above on the 1860 census for the Bernard Nelty at 1438 N 16th Street (40, dyer, b. Ireland), with Ellen (37), Elizabeth (17), John (14), Mary (6), and Joseph (3) (1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, microfilm series T9, film 1185, page 634 B (FamilySearch)
Family Search and Ancestry indices (accessed 31 March 2013)
1890 US census, veterans schedule
Ancestry index (accessed April 2006)
1900 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 31 March 2013)
1910 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 31 March 2013)
1920 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 31 March 2013)
1930 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 31 March 2013)
Find a grave
accessed 31 March 2013 (searched for Bernard or Barney McNulty died in 1864)
applications for headstones for military veterans, 1925-1941
FamilySearch index (accessed 31 March 2013)
records of headstones for deceased Union veterans, 1879-1903
FamilySearch index (accessed 31 March 2013)
Pennsylvania veterans burial cards
Ancestry index (accessed 31 March 2013)
RootsWeb WorldConnect
searched Bernard McNulty (metaphone), born 1837 +/- 5, mother Catharine (accessed 31 March 2013)

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Bernard McNulty in the 91st PA database

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 1, precinct 8, microfilm series M653, film 1151, page 421 = 161 handwritten]
[identification is probable, since his apparent mother's name, and his occupation, match the information in the widow's pension certificate file abstracted below]
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Dwelling number1160       
Family number1332       
NameCatherine McNultyBarney "John "James "James McLoughlinMichael "Nancy "James "
Age4021161450873
Sexfmmmmmfm
Color        
Occupation Laborer" "" "" "   
Value of real estate owned        
Value of personal estate        
Place of birthIrelandPenna""IrelandPenna""
Married within year        
Attended school within year        
Cannot read & write1       
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.        

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 16 January 2015, from Fold3]
[I did not find a card for him in the 116th Pennsylvania]


McNulty Barney.
Co. E, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | Pvt.
See also 116 Penn Vols.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death certificate

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 18 June 1864, Barney McNulty]
[thanks to Ed McLaughlin for finding this!]

City Point Va Nov 20th 1864
This Certifies, That Barney McNulty Private of Co. E Reg't 91st State Pennsylvan[ia] died on the 18th day of June 1864, aged 26 years.
Cause of Death. Direct, Gun Shot wound[.] Indirect, [blank]
Richard Burr Surgeon.

I certify that this body is disinfected
Rich Burr Surgeon

9. Place of Birth, Philad
10. When a Minor, [blank]
11. Ward, First
12. Street and Number, No [?] 826 [?] Dickerson
13. Date of Burial, November 23rd 1864
14. Place of Burial, Cathedral
Jno C Mid UNDERTAKER.
Residence, 1310 Catharine St
Date of Certificate, Novem 23 1864

mother's pension certificate file

[dependent's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, certificate WC 37562, Catharine McNulty, mother of Bernard McNulty]
[abstracted from 24 pages on Fold3, March 2013]
26 Dec 1863
mustered in as private, veteran at Bealton VA (p.8)
enrolled 24 Dec 1863 at Bealton VA (p.8)
18 June 1864
killed in action near Petersburg VA (pp.4, 8)
name is 'Barney [sic] McNulty' (p.8)
11 Aug 64
Catharine McNulty, 45 years old, mother of Bernard McNulty, applied for a pension under the act of 14 July 1862 (p.4)
widow of Patrick McNulty, who died about eleven years ago (p.4)
application 60930 (p.8)
Bernard was unmarried and had no issue (p.4)
post office address 831 Dickerson St, Philadelphia Pennsylvania (p.4)
witnesses Bernard Mount and Owen Hughes, who testified that before enlisting Bernard 'was employed as a laborer in various jobs of work, driving cart, and assisting in a manufacturing establishing', earning $10 to $12 per week, which he invariably gave to his mother, and after enlisting sent his mother $10 to $20 at a time (p.5)
attorney Jas E Devitt + Co, 427 Walnut St, Philadelphia (p.7)
dated 10 August 1864 (p.4)
accepted 28 December 1864, for $8 per month, retroactive to 18 June 1864; certificate dated 10 January 1865, and sent to Jas E Devitt (pp.3, 11)
13 Dec 1864
the Pension Office sent circular 16 to the Adjutant General's office (p.14)
23 Dec 1864
the Adjutant General's Office sent the Pension Office the above-summarized information (p.8; see p.13 for the request)
Dec [1875]
the pension office told the pension agent to suspend payment (p.12)
24 January 1876
the pension office told the pension agent to resume payment (p.12)
30 July 1883
Catharine McNulty was dropped from the pension rolls because she died on 14 May 1882 (p.9)
last paid at $8 to 14 May 1882 (p.9)

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