91st PA: Isaac or John Biddel

Isaac or John Biddel

Before the war

He was born in 1816/17. [sources: date: 2 (44 in 1861), 4 (44 in 1861)]

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 19 November 1861. He enlisted at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was mustered in as a private, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a private in company B. [sources: 1, 2, 3, 4]

He is listed on the company muster-in roll dated 3 December 1861. [source: 4]

He deserted, apparently before 31 December 1861, since he's listed as deserted on the company muster roll dated from 7 October to 31 December 1861. [source: 4]

He was not on the muster-out roll when the regiment mustered out. [sources: 1, 2]


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) (John Biddle)

2 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 27 June 2004 (John Biddel; muster-in roll has 'Isaac Biddel')

3 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Isaac Biddle)

4 compiled service record, co. B, 91 Pennsylvania Inf. (Isaac Biddle)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

US census records
searched Ancestry for Isaac Biddle born 1816 +/- 5 lived in Pennsylvania in US census records; found nothing interesting (accessed 29 November 2013)
searched Ancestry for John Biddle born 1816 +/- 5 lived in Pennsylvania in US census records; found multiple candidates (e.g. three in Philadelphia in 1860)--too many to sort out given how little information I have
pension index, by name
Ancestry index (accessed March 2007)
1890 US census, veterans schedules
Ancestry index (accessed June 2007)
applications for headstones for military veterans, 1925-1941
FamilySearch index--searched for Isaac or John Biddel (accessed 6 Nov 12)
records of headstones of deceased Union veterans, 1879-1903
FamilySearch index--searched for Isaac of John Biddel (accessed 6 Nov 12)
Find a grave
searched Isaac Biddel (no entries), Isaac Biddle (11, none mentioning service in the 91st), John Biddle (262 entries; 54 in PA, none of the PA entries mention the 91st), John Biddel (0 entries) (accessed 29 November 2013)
note memorial 51848872: John Biddle 28 Jun 1814-19 Oct 1884; buried in Laurel Hill; neither the site nor the death notice mention the 91st PA


John or Isaac Biddle in the 91st PA gedcom on RootsWeb WorldConnect

Isaac Biddel in the 91st PA database

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 Mar 2014, from Fold3]

Biddle Isaac
Co. B., 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt.
See also [blank]


compiled service record

[compiled service record, Isaac Biddle, co. B, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.]
[transcribed 3 images, 1 August 2014, obtained from National Archives and Records Administration]

[image 1]


Biddle Isaac
Co. B, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Private | Private

1 22042173
2 22042370
[the rest of the card numbers are blank]

Number of personal papers herein 0

Book Mark: [blank]
See also [blank]

[image 2]

E. E. Doughty

[image 3, which consists of two cards]

B | 91 | Pa.
Isaac Biddle
Pvt, Co. B, 91 Reg't Pennsylvania Inf.
Appears on
Company Muster Roll
for from Oct 7 to Dec 31, 1861.
Present or absent [blank]
Stoppage, $[blank]
Due Gov't, $[blank]
Remarks: Deserted. Whereabouts unknown

Not on Co. muster out roll

Book mark: [blank]

Patterson Copyist.

[card 2]

B | 91 | Pa
Isaac Biddle
Pvt, Capt. Bowman's Co., 91 Reg't Pa. Inf.*
Age 44 years.
Appears on
Company Muster-in Roll
of the organization named above. Roll dated
Philada, Pa. Dec 3, 1861.
Muster-in to date Nov 19, 1861.

Joined for duty and enrolled:
and mustered into service
When Nov 19, 1861.
Where Philada
Period 3 years.

Bounty paid $[blank]
Remarks: [blank]

* This organization subsequently became Co. B, 91 Reg't Pa. Inf.

Book mark: [blank]

Patterson Copyist.

[image 4]

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