91st PA: Michael Drew

Michael Drew

Before the war

He was born in 1832/1833, in Belfast, Ireland, to Barney Drew and Ellen [unknown family name]. [sources: date: 6 (28 in 1861), 14 (18 in 1850), 17 (26 in 1860). place: 6, 14, 17. parents: 9, 14]

Given his apparent siblings' birthplaces, he may have immigrated to the US between 1838 and 1846. [source: 14]

In 1850, he was living in Richmond District, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with Barney and Ellen Drew (presumably his parents), and with Mary, Sarah, Thomas, and John Drew (presumably his siblings). He was a laborer. [source: 14; see also 11]

From about 1852 until he entered the army in 1861, he was a glassblower, and earned about $15 per week. He regularly gave his mother money to support her. [source: 15]

In 1860, he seems to have been living in ward 19, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with Rebecca Johnson and others. He was a glassblower. (His parents seem to have been living in the Alms House.) [source: 17]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 7-1/2 inches tall, and had a fair complexion, grey eyes, and brown hair. He had scars on his chin, over his left eye, and over the bridge of his nose. [source: 6]

During the war

He enlisted on 23 September 1861. He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Captain Keyser. On 25 September 1861, he was mustered in, as a private. He was a private in company C. [sources: 1, 6, 7, 15, 19]

On 8 October 1862, he deserted, at Washington, DC. He returned. [source: 5]

He fought at the Battle of Gettysburg. [source: 10]

On 30 December 1863, Sinex reported that he was one of 38 men who had less than fifteen months to serve who were unwilling to reenlist. On 2 January 1864, he was transferred to the 155th Pennsylvania Infantry, while those eligible were on veterans' leave. [sources: 2, 3]

He died, of wounds received in action at North Anna, on 20 May 1864 (1) or 23 May 1864. (According to the company descriptive book, he was killed in action.) He was wounded either in the right heart, or in the lower abdomen. The Surgeon General's records reported him as being in hospital from 20 to 25 May 1864, for treatment of a severe right heart wound. He was a private, in company C. He was buried at Port Royal. [sources: 4, 6, 8, 11, 12, 15, 19]

After the war

On 5 November 1865, his father, Bernard Drew, died, at Blockley Almshouse, ward 24, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He died of invagination of bowel (or of rheumatism). He was a laborer, but had been disabled from labor for five years before his death. On 7 November 1865, he was buried, in St Ann's Cemetery, Richmond, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [sources: 15, 16]

On 8 March 1867, his mother, Ellen Drew, applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension, under the Act of 14 July 1862. Her post office address was 256 Queen Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. William McAnally [sc. William McNally (C)] and E J Maguigan supported her application, providing evidence that Drew died of wounds received in battle. Her application was accepted on 14 December 1868, retroactive to 27 May 1864. She received $8 per month. [sources: 9, 13, 15]

On 11 December 1875, the Pension Bureau instruction the Pension Agent to suspend payment of Ellen Drew's pension. On 19 January 1876, they instructed the Agent to resume payment. [source: 15]

On 7 October 1877, his mother, Ellen Drew, died, at the Alms House, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She died of nervous debility. On 8 October 1877, she was buried, at the Alms House. [source: 18]

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 letter, Sinex to Marvin, 30 December 1863

3 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 2 January 1864 (Drew)

4 company C, register of deaths (Michael Drew)

5 company C, register of deserters, number 18 (Michael Drew)

6 company C, descriptive roll, entry 79 (Michael Drew)

7 company C, untitled list, probably of status at muster out, entry 90 (Michael Drew)

8 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 9 June 1864 (Pri Drew)

9 pension index, by name (Michael Drew)

10 Pennsylvania Memorial, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (Michael Drew)

11 'Our Armies in Virginia', Philadelphia Inquirer 2 June 1864 page 2 (Michael Drew)

12 'The Ninety-first Pennsylvania volunteers', Philadelphia Inquirer 8 June 1864 page 3 (Michael Drew)

13 pension index, by name (Michael Drew)

14 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Ritchmond District, microfilm series M432, film 820, page 230 (Michel [sic] Drew)

15 abstract of mother's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, certificate WC 122,557 (Ellen Drew mother of Michael Drew)

16 [not transcribed] death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 5 November 1865, Bernard Drew (FamilySearch)

17 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 19, microfilm series M653, film 1169, page 259 = 259 handwritten (FamilySearch) (Michael Drew)

18 [not transcribed] death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 7 October 1877, Ellen Drew (FamilySearch) (Ellen Drew)

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

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1870 US census
FamilySearch and Ancestry indices (accessed 22 August 2013)
1880 US census
FamilySearch and Ancestry indices (accessed 22 August 2013)
1890 US census, veterans schedules
Ancestry index (accessed May 2007)
1900 US census
FamilySearch and Ancestry indices (accessed 22 August 2013)
1910 US census
FamilySearch and Ancestry indices (accessed 22 August 2013)
1920 US census
FamilySearch and Ancestry indices (accessed 22 August 2013)
1930 US census
FamilySearch and Ancestry indices (accessed 22 August 2013)
1940 US census
FamilySearch and Ancestry indices (accessed 22 August 2013)
records of headstones of deceased Union veterans, 1879-1903
FamilySearch index (accessed 22 August 2013)
headstone applications for US military veterans, 1925-1949
FamilySearch index (accessed 22 August 2013)
Find a grave
accessed 22 August 2013
RootsWeb WorldConnect
searched for Michael Drew (exact) died 1865, and for Michael Drew (exact) son of Barney (or Bernard) and Ellen (accessed 22 August 2013)

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Michael Drew in the 91st PA database

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Ritchmond District, microfilm series M432, film 820, page 230]
[identification is likely, since (1) his parents' names match the names listed in his mother's pension certificate file]
line36373839404142
Dwellings visited735      
Families visited779      
NameBarney DrewEllin [sic] "Michel [sic] "Mary "Sarah "Thomas "John "
Age4034181513114
SexMFMFFMM
Color       
Occupation of males over 15 yearsdo [sc Laiberer [sic]] do    
Real estate owned       
BirthplaceIrland [sic]"""""Pa
Married within year       
Attended school within year     1 
Over 20 & can't read/write       
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.       

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 19, microfilm series M653, film 1169, page 259 = 259 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is likely, since (1) his occupation matches the occupation listed in his mother's pension certificate file]
[his parents seem to be in the Alms House: see Ellen Drue (Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 24, precinct 8, microfilm series M653, film 1175, page 941 = 153 handwritten [FamilySearch]) and Bernard Drew (Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 24, precinct 8, microfilm series M653, film 1175, page 1037 = 123 handwritten [FamilySearch])]
[I did not transcribe the other eight people at this residence, headed by Rebecca Johnson (and possibly consisting of Rebecca and her children)]
line31
Dwelling number[1853]
Family number[2090]
NameMichl Drew
Age26
Sexm
Color 
OccupationGlass Blower
Value of real estate owned 
Value of personal estate 
Place of birthIreland
Married within year 
Attended school within year 
Cannot read & write 
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 30 Mar 2014, from Fold3]


Drew Michael
Co. C, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death notice

['Our Armies in Virginia', Philadelphia Inquirer 2 June 1864 page 2]
[...]

Below I sent you a list of soldiers buried at Port Royal. They are all buried in one spot, and their graves are numbered in the order that I have numbered the names below.


[...]

6. Michael Drew, Co. C, 91st Penn. Vols., of Richmond, Penn., died May 26.

[...]

mother's pension certificate

[abstract of mother's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, certificate WC 122,557 (Ellen Drew mother of Michael Drew)]
[abstracted from 17 pages on Fold3, August 2013]
1852-1861
Michael Drew was a glassblower, and earned about $15 per week, and bestowed part on his mother for her support (p.5)
while in the army, he gave her sums of $35 or $40 at a time by letter (p.5)
23 Sep 1861
Michael Drew enrolled in co. C at Philadelphia (pp.8, 13)
mustered in as private on 25 Sep (pp.8, 13)
20 May 1864
admitted to hospital for for treatment of 'Wd. right heart, severe' (Surgeon General) (p.3)
23 May 1864
died at Fredericksburg of wounds received in action (p.13 citing regimental return for May 1864)
the Surgeon General reports him in hospital 20 to 25 May 1864 (p.3)
May-June 1864 muster roll reports him 'Died in Hospital of wounds received May 23" 1864" (pp.8)
declaration claims killed in action 26 May 1864 at or near the Wilderness (p.4)
5 November 1865
Michael's father, Ellen's husband, died of rheumatism (p.4)
disabled from labor for 5 years prior (p.5 [7 years])
5 March 1867
T A Reilly MD swore that he knew Ellen Drew's husband for about five years before he died, that Bernard Drew was unable to do any manual labor at all, because of rheumatism (p.14)
8 March 1867
Ellen Drew mother of Michael Drew, widow of Bernard Drew, applied for a pension under the act of 14 July 1862 (p.4)
50 years old, residence Philadelphia, post office address 256 Queen St, Philadelphia (p.4)
attorney: Jos E Devitt + Co (p.4)
Owen McKeown and Mary McQuaid witnesses (p.5)
she had no property (p.5)
pension application 143,543 (pp.8, 11)
dated 3 Sep 1866 (p.4)
accepted 14 Dec 1868, retroactive to 27 May 1864, for $8 per month (pp.3, 9)
certificate dated 19 Dec 1868 (p.9)
examining clerk: Chas T Cotton (p.3)
18 June [?] 1867
the Adjutant General's office sent the Pension Office the above-summarized information (p.8)
see p.11 for the request
18 Sep 1867
the Pension Bureau sent circular 14 to the Surgeon General's office (p.12)
1 October 1867
the Pension Bureau received a response from the Surgeon General's office and [sent?] circular 9 (p.12)
16 Oct 1867
Wm McAnally late sgt C 91st PA, a resident of Philadelphia, swore that on or about 26 May 1864 Michael Drew 'received a mortal wound by a gunshot wound in the lower region of the stomach or thereabouts', as he knew because he was present and participated in the same action, that Drew was sent to a hospital near Acquia Creek VA, and died about three days later from the effects of the wound (p.16)
4 April 1868
E J Maguigan swore that Michael Drew died on or about 26 May 1864 at the Battle of North Anna in the actual line of his duty; he received 'a mortal wound by a gunshot in the lower region of the stomach or thereabout', as Maguigan knew because he was present and on duty; Drew died about three days after he was wounded, from the effects of the wound, as Maguigan was officially informed (p.15)
dated 2 April 1868
8 April 1868
the Pension Bureau received some response to circular 9, and [sent] circular 16 to the Adjutant General's office asking for information about the service of Lt Maguigan and private McAnally [?] (p.12)
30 April 1868
the Pension Bureau again sent circular 16 (p.12)
25 July 1868
the Pension Bureau again sent circular 16 for service information about the same men (p.12)
20 August 1868
the Pension Bureau received a response to circular 16 (p.12)
the Pension Bureau sent circular 16 to the adjutant general, circular 14 to the surgeon general, and circular 14 to the 2nd auditor (p.12)
26 Aug 1868
the Pension Bureau received a response from the Surgeon General and from the Auditor General (p.12)
the Adjutant General reported the above-summarized information (p.13)
Dec 1868
the Pension Bureau received a response from the 2nd auditor (p.12)
11 Dec 1875
the Pension Bureau instructed the Pension Agent to suspend payment (p.10)
19 Jan 1876
the Pension Bureau instructed the Pension Agent to resume payment (p.10)

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