91st PA: William Wilson Burns

William Wilson Burns

Before the war

He was born on 26 July 1836, in Glasgow, Scotland, to Joseph Burns and Mary Russell. [sources: date: 17, 19; 4 (27 in 1864), 10 (28 in 1864), 14 (24 in 1860), 15 (34 in 1870), 16 (43 in 1880), 17 (63 in 1900), 18 (72 in 1908), 19 (71 yrs at death in 1908), 28 (27 in 1864). place: 4, 10 [28], 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 28. parents: 19]

In 1841, he immigrated to the United States. He was a naturalized citizen by 1870. [sources: 15, 17]

In 1850, perhaps he is the William Burns living in Oxford Township, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. If so, he was living with Henry Lagere [?], a farmer. [source: 25]

In 1860, he was living in the first ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with Mary Burns (presumably his mother) and James and Thomas Burns (presumably his brothers). He was a bricklayer. [source: 14]

When he enlisted, he was a painter. [sources: 4, 28]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 7-1/2 inches tall, had a dark complexion, blue eyes, and dark hair. [sources: 4, 28]

During the war

He served in the Navy before joining the army. He served as ship corporal, on the USS Powhatan, at Dacotah, North Carolina. He was discharged on 28 August 1863. [sources: 7, 13, 20, 28 (USS Dacotah)]

He enlisted and was mustered into service as a private in company E, as a veteran recruit, for three years, on 2 February 1864, at Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Surgeon I D Knight examined him and certified him qualified. William C Stackhouse [presumably William C Stackhouse (K) and not William Stackhouse (D)?] was a witness to Burn's declaration; his enlistment was credited to the first ward, second district. (He was entitled to enlist as a veteran because of his prior service; see general orders, number 216, 14 July 1863, Washington DC, Adjutant General's Office.) He was enlisted by Lieutenant Howard W Shipley, and mustered into service by Lieutenant Burke. He was a private, in company E. [sources: 1 (nothing about vet status), 4, 10 (nothing about vet status), 11, 27, 28 (1 and 2 February are both listed)]

On the January-February 1864 company muster roll, he was listed as present. [source: 28]

On the March-April 1864 company muster roll, he was listed as present. He was due $110 bounty. [source: 28]

He was wounded in the hand while charging the enemy's works, on 18 June 1864 or 23 June 1864 at Petersburg, Virginia. A minié ball struck him in the right forearm. [sources: 1, 4, 28]

He was promoted on 23 June 1864 to corporal, for soldierly (or gallant) conduct in late battle. [sources: 1, 3, 4, 5, 10, 28]

On the May-June 1864 muster roll, he was listed as absent. He was due $110 in bounty. He was a corporal. [source: 28]

On 18 July 1864, he was admitted to Satterlee General Hospital (in Philadelphia) His right hand was severely wounded. Several fingers (apparently) were amputated on the field, and the wound was sloughing, and appeared unhealthy. [source: 28]

On 31 July 1864, he was (officially) discharged from Willets Point New York Hospital. (He was furloughed and never returned.) [source: 28]

On 1 August 1864, the wound still appeared unhealthy, with exposed 2nd through fourth metacarpal bones and a purulent discharge. One third of his forewarm was amputated 'by circular method'; he was under aether and chloroform during the surgery. [source: 28]

On 10 August 1864, the 'stump [was] inclined to slough'. [source: 28]

On the July-August 1864 company muster roll, he was listed as absent. He was due $160 in bounty. He was a corporal. [source: 28]

On 10 September 1864, the '[b]ones of [the] stump [were] much exposed'. [source: 28]

On 30 September 1864, he was experiencing a lot of pain, and the stump was swollen. [source: 28]

At some point (perhaps 30 September 1864?), the surgeon incised the stump on the side of the ulna, and found the ulna and radius denuded of periosteum to the joint (the elbow), with no inflammation at the elbow. The note describes Burns as 'being in good general health and spirits'. They apparently amputated his arm just above the elbow then. They were treating the wound with potassium permanganate, and giving Burns quinine and iron, and providing morphine sulfate (as a salve?). [source: 28]

On the September-October 1864 muster roll, he was listed as absent. He was due $160 in bounty, minus $2.06 for transportation from New York to Philadelphia. [source: 28]

On the November-December 1864 muster roll, he was absent. He was due $160 in bounty; $2.06 was to be deducted for transportation from new York to Philadelphia. [source: 28]

On the January-February 1865 company muster roll, he was listed as absent. He was due $210 bounty, minus $2.6 [sic] for transportation from New York to Philadelphia. [source: 28]

On the March-April 1865 company muster roll, he was listed as absent. He was due $210 bounty. $2.06 was to be deducted for transportation from new York to Philadelphia. [source: 28]

On the May-June 1865 muster roll, he was listed as absent. He was due $210 in bounty, with $2.06 to be deducted for transportation from New York to Philadelphia. [source: 28]

He was absent when the regiment mustered out. He was due $24.39 from- his clothing account, and $400 in bounty, with $2.06 to be deducted for transportation. He had not been paid since he enlisted. He was not discharged. [sources: 1, 10, 28]

On 19 July 1865, the assistant surgeon commanding Satterlee US General Hospital, in West Philadelphia, certified that he was disabled, because of loss of right forearm, caused by a gunshot wound received in action at Petersburg He rated Burns's disability as 3/4. He was mustered out on 31 July 1865. He was a corporal, in company E. [sources: 1, 10 (absent wounded), 11, 27, 28]

After the war

In 1865/66, he married Katharine Burns. She was born in May 1846, in Pennsylvania. They apparently had ten children, including these:

[sources: 15, 16, 17 (6 (?) children, 5 living in 1900), 18, 26 (10 children, 5 living in 1910)]

On 15 September 1865, he applied successfully for a pension. [sources: 13, 20]

In 1870, he was living in the first ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Catharine, with his son Thomas, and with several other people. He was a watchman, and owned $1,200 in real estate. [source: 15]

In 1880, he may have been living at 1120 Pearce Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. If so, he was living with his wife Catharine, and apparently not with any of his children. He was an exchange door keeper. [source: 16]

He attended the 1884 meeting of the 91st's Survivors' Association. [source: 2]

In 1890, he was living at 1205 Mosley, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He apparently had no occupation. He had lost his right arm above the elbow, and had a bullet wound in his left arm. [sources: 11, 12]

In 1900, he was living at 1538 McKean, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Catharine, with his children Thomas, Katherine, Amanda, James, and William, and William's wife. He was a laborer, but was out of work 12 months in the previous year. [source: 17]

On 29 February 1908, he died at his residence, 1538 McKean Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, of organic valvular heart disease (duration 1 month 23 days), with pneumonia (duration 6 days) contributing. He was then a painter. The funeral was held on Wednesday, from 1538 McKean Street (his residence). Members of the US Grant Post, Number 5, Grand Army of the Republic, were invited. He was buried on 4 March 1908 at Mount Moriah Cemetery. [sources: 18, 19, 20, 23]

On 7 March 1908, his widow, Catharine Burns, applied successfully from Pennsylvania, for a pension. She initially received $8 per month. The pension certificate was dated 15 May 1908. [sources: 13, 20, 21]

Effective 19 April 1908, Catharine's pension was increased to $12 per month, under the Act of 19 April 1908. [source: 21]

In 1910, his widow, Katharine Burns, was living at 2449 South 20th Street, ward 36, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was living with her sister Elizabeth Burns, and Elizabeth's family. [source: 26]

On 18 March 1911, Catharine Burns died, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The funeral was held on 21 March, at her late residence, 2449 South 20th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [sources: 21, 22, 24]

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 newspaper account of 1884 meeting, Grand Army Scout and Soldiers' Mail, 20 December 1884, page 6 column 2

3 list of non-commissioned officers, company E

4 descriptive roll, company E, entry 129

5 special order 55, headquarters, 91st Pennsylvania Infantry, 30 June 1864

6 [deleted]

7 e-mail, Bill Burns

8 [deleted]

9 [deleted]

10 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 5 May 2004 (William W Burns)

11 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 580, page [1] (image 1889 on Ancestry) (William W Burns)

12 1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory (Wiliam W Burns)

13 pension index, by name (William W Burns)

14 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, first ward, microfilm series M653, film 1151, page 355 = 257 handwritten (William Burns)

15 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, first ward, microfilm series M593, film 1387, page 383 = 80 handwritten (William Burns)

16 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 20, supervisor's district T9, film 1167, page 304 D = 36 handwritten (William Burns)

17 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 26th ward, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 643, microfilm series T623, film 1468, page 58 A = 4 handwritten (William W Burns)

18 death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer, 3 March 1908, page 7 (William W Burns)

19 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 29 February 1908 (William Wilson Burns)

20 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company E (William W Burns)

21 Veterans administration, pension payment cards, 1907-1933 (Catharine widow of William W Burns)

22 Pennsylvania death indices, 1911 ('Burns, Catharine; 31806; Phila.; Mar. 18.')

23 Pennsylvania death indices, 1908 ('Burns, William W.; 23292; Phila.; Feb. 29.')

24 death notice, Philadelphia inquirer, Tuesday 21 March 1911, page 14 (Catharine Burns)

25 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Oxford Township, page 38 recto = 77 handwritten (FamilySearch) (William Burns)

26 1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 36, enumeration district 907, microfilm series T624, film 1407, page 76 = 22 A handwritten (FamilySearch) (Katharine Burns)

27 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (William W Burns)

28 compiled service record, obtained from National Archives and Records Administration (William W Burns)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1920 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 27 February 2014)
1930 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 27 February 2014)
1940 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 27 February 2014)
headstone applications for US military veterans, 1925-1949
FamilySearch index (accessed 27 February 2014)
Pennsylvania, veterans burial cards, 1777-1999
Ancestry index (accessed 27 February 2014)
A William Burns is buried in Mt Moriah (Yeadon, Delaware County, PA), in USNH row 9 plot 11 grave 11; he is reported to have died on 31 August 1841; the card has no other information about him (accessed 27 February 2014)
RootsWeb WorldConnect
accessed 27 February 2014

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1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Oxford Township, page 38 recto = 77 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is speculative; note that his birthplace is listed as Ireland, not Scotland]
[note that he is not living with his parents, at Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Moyamensing, ward 4, microfilm series M432, film 809, page 423 verso = 842 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[I did not find the Lagere [?] family in the 1860 census]
[I did not transcribe the other nine people in this residence, headed by Henry Lagere [?], farmer, 21]
line10
Dwellings visited[76]
Families visited[79]
NameWilliam Burns
Age14
Sexm
Color 
Occupation of males over 15 years 
Real estate owned 
Birthplace" [sc. Ireland]
Married within year 
Attended school within year 
Over 20 & can't read/write 
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, first ward, microfilm series M653, film 1151, page 355 = 257 handwritten]
[identification is likely, since (1) his occupation matches the occupation in the company descriptive book (entry 4 above); note also (2) that Thomas's name and occupation match the Thomas in the 1870 census entry transcribed below]
line5678
Dwelling number1796   
Family number2041   
NameMary BurnsJames "William "Thomas "
Age53312419
Sexfmmm
Color    
Occupation BricklayerPainterBricklayer
Value of real estate owned    
Value of personal estate    
Place of birthScotland"""
Married within year    
Attended school within year    
Cannot read & write    
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.    

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, first ward, microfilm series M593, film 1387, page 383 = 80 handwritten]
[identification is probable, since (1) Catherine's name and age and (2) Thomas's name and age match (well enough) the 1900 census entry transcribed below]
line33343536373839
Dwelling-house number732      
Family number659      
NameBurns William WCatherineThomasThomasReed CharlesDubois MarthaThomas
Age34247/123191824
SexMFMMMFM
ColorWWWWWWW
OccupationWatchmanKeeping House BricklayerAdopted SonBoarderSalesman
Real estate value1200      
Personal estate value       
BirthplaceScotlandPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaScotlandPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaNew Jersey
Father foreign born1 11   
Mother foreign born1  1   
Birth month if born within year  Oct    
Marriage month if married within year       
Attended school past year       
Can't read       
Can't write       
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.       
Male US citizen at least 21 years old1  1  1
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...       

1880 census

[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 20, supervisor's district T9, film 1167, page 304 D = 36 handwritten]
[I did not transcribe the other families at this residence, headed by Margaret Burns and by Thomas Burns]
[identification is speculative; (1) William's and Catharine's names and ages match the other evidence, but (2) based on the 1900 census entry transcribed below, they should have several children living with them and don't; note also that (3) Thomas was a brickmason and 40 years old, which matches the Thomas in the 1870 census entry above]
line4243
street namePearce Street
house number[1120] 
dwelling visit #[275] 
family visit #301 
nameBurns WilliamBurns Catherine
colorWW
sexMF
age4333
month born if born in year  
relationship Wife
single  
married11
widowed/divorced  
married during year  
occupationExchange door keeperKeeping house
months unemployed  
currently ill?  
blind  
deaf/dumb  
idiotic  
insane  
disabled  
school this year  
can't read  
can't write  
birthplaceScotlandPenna
father's birthplaceScotlandPenna
mother's birthplaceScotlandPenna

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 580, page [1] (image 1889 on Ancestry)]
[identification is confirmed by reference to his service in the 91st]

[line] 2
[house] 287
[family] 299
[name] William W. Burns
[rank] Private
[company] E
[unit] 91 Reg Pa
[enlistment date] Feb 2, 1864
[discharge date] July 31 1865
[length of service] 1 year, 5 months, 29 days
[post office address] 1205 Mosley
[disability incurred] loss of right arm above elbow. bullet wound on left arm
[remarks] [blank]

1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory

[searched transcription on Ancestry, March 2005]
William W Burns, h 1205 Mosley

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 26th ward, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 643, microfilm series T623, film 1468, page 58 A = 4 handwritten]
[identification is confirmed by the address, which matches the address in the death notice, which explicitly refers to the 91st]
line1011121314151617
streetMcKean
house number1538       
dwelling number58       
family number65       
nameBurns William W- Katharine- Thomas J- Katherine- Amanda- James E- William- Mary J
relationshipHeadWifeSonDauDauSonSonD in law
colorWWWWWWWW
sexMFMFFMMF
birth dateJuly 1836May 1846Oct 1870Nov 1878Feb 1881July 1882Oct 1871Nov 1873
age6354302119172827
married?MMDSSSMM
# years married34345   22
mother of how many children? 6 [??]      
# of children living 5      
birthplaceScotlandPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPenna
father's birthplaceScotlandPennaScotlandScotlandScotlandScotlandScotlandPenna
mother's birthplacePennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPenna
immigration year1841       
# years in USA59       
naturalized citizen?Na       
occupationLaborer BricklayerMaidSaleswomanSoap wrapperSalesman 
# months not employed12 40000 
# months in school        
can readYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
can writeYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
speaks EnglishYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
owned/rentedR       
free or mortgaged        
farm/houseH       
# of farm schedule        

1910 census

[1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 36, enumeration district 907, microfilm series T624, film 1407, page 76 = 22 A handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is likely, since (1) the address matches her (apparent) address when she died (see her death notice)]
line29303132333435
streetSouth 20th Street
house nr2449      
dwelling nr547      
family nr548      
nameBurns Elizabeth- Margaret Lillian- Thomas J- Louise- Richard- Katharine
relationshipHeadDaughterDaughterSonDaughterSonSister
sexFFFMFMF
colorWWWWWWW
age67353426242163
marital statusWdSSSSSWd
#years present marriage       
mother of # children7     10
mother of # living children6     5
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaScot EnglishScot EnglishScot EnglishScot EnglishScot EnglishPensylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigrated       
naturalized/alien       
speaks EnglishEnglishEnglishEnglishEnglishEnglishEnglishEnglish
occupationNoneForeladyAsst. ForeladyPipe fitterNonePipe fitterNone
nature of industry etc. Sewing RoomSewing RoomGas Works Gas Works 
employer etc. WWW W 
out of work 15 Apr 1910? NoNoNo No 
# weeks out of work 1909 000 0 
can readYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
can writeYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
school since 1 Sep 09       
owned/rentedR      
owned free or mortagaged       
farm/houseH      
nr on farm schedule       
civil war vet       
blind       
deaf & dumb       

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 11 Mar 2014, from Fold3]


Burns, William W.
Co. E, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Corpl.
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

compiled service record

[compiled service record, William W Burns, obtained from National Archives and Records Administration]
[transcribed 16 images, 25 March 2014]


[image 1]

377
Burns William W.
Co. E, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Private | Corporal
CARD NUMBERS.
1 22049668
2 22049766
3 22049860
4 22049958
5 22050040
6 22050120
7 22050184
8 22050247
9 22050347
10 22050459
[the rest of the card numbers are blank]
Number of personal papers herein 3
Book Mark: [blank]
See also [blank]


[image 2]

S-2733852-P.O. M+M [?]

E. E. Doughby [?]


[image 3]

Burns William W
Cpl, Co. E, 91 Reg't Pa. Inf.
3 Enclosures.

Bed Cards [blank]
Burial Records [blank]
Certs. of Dis. for Discharge 1
C.M. Charges [blank]
Descriptive Lists [blank]
Discharge Certificates [blank]
Enlistment Papers 2
Final Statements [blank]
Furloughs or L. of A. [blank]
Med. Certificates 1
Med. Des. Lists [blank]
Orders [blank]
Pris. of War Record [blank]
Resignations [blank]

Other papers relating to--
Admission to Hosp'l [blank]
Casualty Sheet 1
Confinement [blank]
Contracts [blank]
Death or Effects [blank]
Desertion [blank]
Discharge from Hosp'l [blank]
Discharge from Service [blank]
Duty [blank]
Furlough of L. of A. [blank]
Med. Examination [blank]
Misc. Information [blank]
Pay or Clothing [blank]
Personal Reports [blank]
Rank [blank]
Transfer to Hosp'l [blank]
Transfer to V.R.C. [blank]
Transportation [blank]


[image 4]

ARMY OF THE UNITED STATES.
CERTIFICATE OF DISABILITY FOR DISCHARGE

Corporal William W. Burns, of Lieut Theodore A Floyd's [sic] Company, (E) of the Ninety-first Regiment of Pa Vet Vols was enlisted by Lieut Shipley of the 91st Regiment of Pa Vet Vols at Philadelphia Pa, on the Second day of February, 1864, to serve three years; he was born in Glasgow in Scotland, is Twenty Seven years of age, Five feet Seven 1/2 inches high, Dark complexion, Blue eyes, Dark hair, and by occupation when enlisted a painter. During the last two months said soldier has been unfit for duty 60 days. That is he left his Regiment June 18th 1864 for Willetts Point, N.Y. - thence here.

STATION: Satterlee US Genl Hospital West Philadelphia Pa.
DATE: July 19th 1865

D. [?] Backe [?]
Ast Surgeon U.S.A. Commanding Hospital

[written vertically in the left margin:] Admitted July 11th 1864.

I CERTIFY, that I have carefully examined the said Corporal Wm W. Burns of Lieut Theodore A Floyd's [sic] Company, and find him incapable of performing the duties of a soldier because of Loss of right forearm--caused by gunshot wound rec'd in action at Petersburg - Disability 3/4


D. Backe
Asst Surgeon, USA

DISCHARGED, this 31 day of July, 1865, at West Philada Pa

D. Backe
Asst Surgeon USA
Commanding Hospital

The Soldier desires to be addressed at
Town Philadelphia County - State Penna


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[left column--I did not transcribe the instructions for filling out the form]
Saterlee

REC HEAD QRS DEPT OF PA [?] JUL 25 1865

[middle column]

CERTIFICATE OF DISABILITY FOR DISCHARGE
IN THE CASE OF
William W. Burns
a Corporal Co. "E"
91st Reg't of Pa Vet Vols

APPROVED
John A [illegible]
Bvt COLONEL, U.S.A.
MEDICAL DIRECTOR
DEPT. OF PENNSYLVANIA

Adjutant General's Office
Aug. 9. 1865,
Duplicate sent the Pension Office

Received (A.G. Office.) [blank]
End on CR
PM [??]

[right column]

HEAD QUARTERS
DEPT OF PENNSYLVANIA
PHILADELPHIA PA.
JUL. 26 1865

TO BE DISCHARGED THE
UNITED STATES SERVICE
BY COMMAND OF
MAJ GEN. Hancock
[illegible] S Haldeman
Capt + ASST ADJT GENL

DB
286


[image 6]

VOLUNTEER ENLISTMENT.
STATE OF Pennsylvania
TOWN OF Philadelphia

I, William W. Burns born in Glasgow in the State of Scotland aged 27 years, and by occupation a Painter DO HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGE to have volunteered this First day of February 1864 to serve as a Soldier in the Army of the United States of America, for the period of THREE YEARS, unless sooner discharged by proper authority: Do also agree to accept such bounty, pay, rations, and clothing, as are, or may be, established by law for volunteers. And I, William W. Burns do solemnly swear, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the United States of America, and that I will serve them honestly and faithfully against all their enemies or opposers whomsoever; and that I will observe and obey the orders of the President of the United States, and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to the Rules and Articles of War.


Wm W Burns
Sworn and subscribed to, at Philadelphia this 2d day of February 1864 BEFORE DM M [illegible] M.

I CERTIFY, ON HONOR, That I have carefully examined the above-named Volunteer, agreeably to the General Regulations of the Army, and that, in my opinion, he is free from all bodily defects and mental infirmity, which would in any way disqualify him from performing the duties of a soldier.

I D Knight
Surg 91st P.V.
EXAMINING SURGEON

I CERTIFY, ON HONOR, That I have minutely inspected the Volunteer, W. W. Burns previously to his enlistment, and that he was entirely sober when enlisted; that, to the best of my judgment and belief, he is of lawful age; and that, in accepting him as duly qualified to perform the duties of an able-bodied soldier, I have strictly observed the Regulations which govern the recruiting service. This soldier has Blue eyes, Dark hair, Dark complexion, is 5 feet 7 1/2 inches high.


Lt Howard W. Shipley
91st Regiment of Penna Volunteers,
RECRUITING OFFICER


[image 7]

DECLARATION OF RECRUIT.

I, William W. Burnes desiring to VOLUNTEER as a Soldier in the Army of the United States, for the term of THREE YEARS, Do Declare, That I am 27 years and [blank] months of age; that I have never been discharged from the United States service on account of disability or by sentence of a court martial, or by order before the expiration of a term of enlistment; and I know of no impediment to my serving honestly and faithfully as a soldier for three years.

GIVEN at Philadelphia the 1st day of February 1864
Wm W Burns
Witness: Pri. Wm C. Stackhouse


No. [blank]
From 1st Ward 2nd Dist
William W. Burns
Volunteered at Philadelphia
1st February 1864.
By Lt. H. W. Shipley
91st Regiment of Pa. Vols.

3 enlistment; last served in Company ([blank])
U.S.S. Dacotah
Discharged 28 August 1863.

For Co. E. 91st P.V.


[images 8-9 are a duplicate of images 6-7]


[image 10]

William W. Burnes Priv. Co E. 91st Pa age 28 admitted to Satterlee USA Genl. Hospt. July 18 1864 from Willet's Point Hospital New York. wounded at Petersburg June 18th 1864 by minnie ball wound of upper extremity, right hand severe [illegible word] [illegible word beginning 'f'] finger and middle of 3rd metacarpal bone amputated on field. wound sloughing. unhealthy involving whole of dorsal surface
Aug. 1st wound still unhealthy, 2nd 3rd + 4th metacarpal bones being exposed and pus having infiltrated itself in carpal cellular tissue, amputation of lower third of forearm was performed by circular method, Patient being under aether + chloroform 3 to 1 parts
Aug 10. stump inclined to slough
Sept 10 Bones of stump much exposed.
Sept 30. much swelling + pain of stump.
Inflammation having subsided and patient being in good general health and spirits incised stump along ulnar side and found the ulna denuded nearly to joint, when amputation was performed by circular method just above elbow, and ulna + radius were found to be denuded of periosteum to the joint without implicating the joint by inflam-

G. P. Sargent
A A Surg USA


[image 11]

mation.

Treatment. Liquor Potass permangan. to wound Quinine + iron internally.

Simple dressing at times as occasion seemed to permit. Moderate stimulants + Sal. morphine sulph. in modo prescripto.




[image 12, consisting of three cards]


[first card]

B 91 Pa.
William W Burns
Corp, Co. E, 91 Reg't Pennsylvania Inf.
Appears on
Company Muster Roll
for July + Aug, 1864.
Present or absent Absent
Stoppage, $[blank] for [blank]
Due Gov't, $[blank] for [blank]
Remarks: Bounty due as new recruit $60 2d + 3d instalments $100. wounded in action June 18 64 Promoted to Corp June 23 /64

Book mark: [blank]
Reynolds Copyist.

[card 2]

B 91 Pa.
William W Burns
Corp, Co. E, 91 Reg't Pennsylvania Inf.
Appears on
Company Muster Roll
for Mar + Apr, 1865.
Present or absent Absent
Stoppage, $[blank] for [blank]
Due Gov't, $[blank] for [blank]
Remarks: Bounty Due [crossed out: 4th instalment $50]
1st 2d 3d and 4th instal $210 as Vet Recruit
To be deducted for transportation from New York to Phila $2.06.
Wounded in Action June 18 /64

Book mark: [blank]
Reynolds Copyist.


[card 3]

B 91 Pa.
William W Burns
Corp, Co. E, 91 Reg't Pennsylvania Inf.
Appears on
Company Muster Roll
for Nov + Dec, 1864.
Present or absent Absent
Stoppage $[blank] for [blank]
Due Gov't, $[blank] for [blank]
Remarks: Bounty due as Vet. Recruit 1st 2d + 3d instal $160
to be deducted for transportation from New York to Phila $2.06.
wounded in action June 18 /64

Book mark: [blank]
Reynolds Copyist.


[image 13, which consists of three cards]

[card 1]

B 91 Pa.
William W Burns
Corp, Co. E, 91 Reg't Pennsylvania Inf.
Appears on
Company Muster Roll
for May + June, 1864.
Present or absent Absent
Stoppage, $[blank] for [blank]
Due Gov't, $[blank] for [blank]
Remarks: Bounty due 1st + 2d instalmentsf $110.
Wounded in action June 18 /64.
Promoted to Corp from Pvt June 23 /64

Book mark: [blank]
Reynolds Copyist.


[card 2]

B 91 Pa.
William W Burns
Corp, Co. E, 91 Reg't Pennsylvania Inf.
Appears on
Company Muster Roll
for May + June, 1865.
Present or absent Absent
Stoppage, $[blank] for [blank]
Due Gov't, $[blank] for [blank]
Remarks: Bounty due 1st 2d 3d + 4th instal. $210 as Vet Recruit
To be deducted for tranportation from New York to Phila $2.06
Wounded in action June 18 /64

Book mark: [blank]
Reynolds Copyist.

[card 3]

B 91 Pa.
William W. Burns
Pvt, Co. E, 91 Reg't Pennsylvania Inf.
Appears on
Company Muster Roll
for Jany and Feby, 1864.
Present or absent Present
Stoppage, $[blank] for [blank]
Due Gov't, $[blank] for [blank]
Remarks: Enrolled + mustered in Feb. 2 -64 Philad 3 yrs.

Book mark: [blank]
W. Hav. Scott Copyist.


[image 14, which consists of three cards]

[card 1]

B 91 Pa.
William W. Burns.
Corp., Co. E, 91 Reg't Pennsylvania Inf.
Age 28 years.
Appears on Co. Muster-out Roll, dated near Washington, D.C., July 10, 1865.
Muster-out to date [blank].
Last paid to Not paid since enlistment

Clothing account:
Last settled [blank]; drawn since $[blank]
Due soldier $24.39; due U.S. $[blank]
Am't for cloth'g in kind or money adv'd $[blank]

Due U.S. for arms, equipments, &c., $[blank]
Bounty paid $[blank]; due $400.00
Remarks: To be deducted for transportation $2.06.
Absent wounded.
No discharge given.
Promoted June 2 /64
From Second Auditor's Roll

Book mark: [blank]
Collings Copyist.

[card 2]

B 91 Pa.
William W Burns
Corp, Co. E, 91 Reg't Pennsylvania Inf.
Appears on
Company Muster Roll
for Sept + Oct, 1864.
Present or absent Absent
Stoppage, $[blank] for [blank]
Due Gov't, $[blank] for [blank]
Remarks: Bounty due Vet Recruit $60. 2d + 3d instal $100
Wounded in action June 18 /64
to be deducted for transportation from New York to Phila Pa. $2.06

Book mark: [blank]
Reynolds Copyist.

[card 3]

B 91 Pa.
William W Burns
Corp, Co. E, 91 Reg't Pennsylvania Inf.
Appears on
Company Muster Roll
for Jan + Feby, 1865.
Present or absent Absent
Stoppage, $[blank] for [blank]
Due Gov't, $[blank] for [blank]
Remarks: Bounty due 1st, 2d, 3d, 4th instal $210 as Vet Recruit
To be deducted for transportation from New York to Phila Pa $2.6 [sic]
Wounded in action June 18 /64

Book mark: [blank]
Reynolds Copyist.


[image 15]

B 91 Pa.
William W. Burns
Pvt, Co. E, 91 Reg't Pennsylvania Inf.
Appears on
Company Muster Roll
for Mch + Apl, 1864.
Present or absent Present
Stoppage, $[blank] for [blank]
Due Gov't, $[blank] for [blank]
Remarks: Due Bounty $60 first Installment.
Due Bounty $50. Second Installment.

Book mark: [blank]
J. W. Richardson Copyist.


[image 16]


CASUALTY SHEET.
Name: Wm W Burns
Rank: Pt Company: E Regiment: 91
Arm: Inf State: Pa
Nature of Casualty: Desertion.

CAUSE OF CASUALTY--(NAME OF DISEASE, &c.)
[blank]
DEGREE OF DISABILITY.
[blank]
BY WHOM CERTIFIED.
A H Thurston
Surg USA [?]

DATE OF DISCHARGE, DEATH, &c.
July 31 - 64

PLACE OF DISCHARGE, DEATH &c.
Willets Pt NY H

BY WHOM DISCHARGED.
[blank]
FROM WHAT SOURCE THIS INFORMATION WAS OBTAINED
Roll 10-64 Grant Hosp Willets Pt NY H

REMARKS.
"Furloughed July 31 - 64 never returned"

[illegible]
Clerk.

Veterans administration pension payment card

[Veterans administration, pension payment cards, 1907-1933]
[trancribed from FamilySearch, 25 February 2014]

252
NAME: Burns, Catharine
Certificate No. 644.328
ARMY WIDOW.
Law: ACT OF APRIL 19, 1908.
Name of Soldier: William W
Service: Corpl E 91 Pa
ISSUES.
CLASS.RATE.DATE OF COMMENCEMENT.DATE OF CERTIFICATE.
 8Mar 7 1908May 15 1908
 12APRIL 19, 1908. 

Fees: [blank]
MINORS--$2 PER MONTH ADDITIONAL. [blank]
Transferred from: PHILADELPHIA
Transferred to: [blank]
Died: 3/18/11 P.M
Bureau notified JUL 17 1911
Remarks: [blank]
Former Roll No. 101

death notice

[Philadelphia Inquirer, 3 March 1908, page 7]

BURNS.--On February 29, 1908, WILLIAM W. BURNS, beloved husband of Catharine Burns in his 72d year. Relatives and friends, also the survivors of the 91st Regiment, P V, and U S Grant Post, No 5, G A R, are invited to attend the funeral, on Wednesday, at 2 P M, from his late residence, 1538 McKean st. Remains can be viewed Tuesday evening. Interment at Mount Moriah Cemetery.

death certificate

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 29 February 1908, William Wilson Burns]
[source: www.familysearch.org (viewed 6 Nov 2008)]

RECORD OF A DEATH IN PHILADELPHIA
6136
PHYSICIAN'S CERTIFICATE
Full Name of Deceased, William Wilson Burns
Sex, Male
Color, White
Married
Date of Birth. Year 1836 Month 7 Day 26
Date of Death. Year 1908 Month 2 Day 29
Age. Years 71 Months 5 Days 3

I HEREBY CERTIFY, That I attended deceased from 1/1/1908 to 2/29/1908, that I last saw him alive on 2/29/1908 and that death occurred, on the date stated above at 5.57 P.M. The CAUSE OF DEATH was as follows:


Chief, Organic Valvular Heart Disease, DURATION 1 Mos. 23 Days
Contributing, Pneumonia, 0 Mos. 6 Days
Signed, Chas. H. B. Slaughter, M.D.
Residence, 1332 S. 10th St.
UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE.
Occupation Painter
Place of Birth, Scotland
Birthplace of Father, Scotland
Birthplace of Mother, Scotland
Name of Father, Joseph Burns
Maiden Name of Mother, Mary Russell
Last Place of Residence (This need only be given when it is other than the place of death.) [blank]
Place of Death, Street and No. 1538 McKean St
Ward, wherein death occurred 26th
Buried from, Street and No. 1538 McKean St.
Date of Burial, March 4th 1908
Place of Burial, Mount Moriah Cem
William R Schofield Undertakier.
Residence, 1121 [?] S. 20th St

death notice, Catharine Burns

[death notice, Philadelphia inquirer, Tuesday 21 March 1911, page 14, Catharine Burns]
[transcribed 27 February 2014, from GenealogyBank]

BURNS.--On March 18, 1911, CATHARINE, widow of William W Burns. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral services, on Tuesday, at 2 P M, at late residence, 2449 South 20th St. [I initially read the house number as '2440', but on reflection, the last digit looks more like a '9' than a '0', though I'm not confident I'm right] Interment private.


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