According to the pension index by regiment, he enlisted under the alias 'William Griffith' (5, 6). (Perhaps this was in the 189th New York.)
He was born in 1837/38 (4 (23 in 1861)). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (4).
When he enlisted, he was a labo[rer] (4).
When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 6 inches tall, and had a light complexion, hazel eyes, and light hair (4).
He also served in company H of the 189th New York Infantry (5, 6 [189th Ohio]).
He enlisted and was mustered into service on 28 October 1861 (1, 4). He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Captain Casner (4). He was mustered in as a private in company K, by Captain Keyser (1, 4, 7).
On 27 May 1891, he applied unsuccessfully from New York for a pension (5, 6).
He died on 2 January 1910 (5).
On 14 January 1911, his widow, Elizabeth Griffin, applied unsuccessfully from New York for a pension (5, 6).
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) (William Griffin)
2 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 22 May 1863 (Wm Griffin)
3 company K, register of deserters, entry 24 (William Griffin)
4 company K, descriptive roll (William Griffin)
5 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company K (William Griffin)
6 pension index, by name (William Griffin alias William Griffith)
7 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (William Griffin)