91st PA: John A Henry

John A Henry

Before the war

He was born in 1838 (4 [25 in 1863], 9 [22 in 1861], 15 [25 yrs 5 ms at death in May 64], 16 [25/5 at death]). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (4, 9, 16).

When he enlisted, he was a carpenter, and was living in Philadelphia (4, 9).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 8 inches tall, had a light complexion, grey eyes, and light hair (4, 9).

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service in company E on 20 August 1861, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1, 9 [private]). He was mustered into service by Lieutenant Swann (perhaps this relates to his re-enlistment) (4). He was appointed a fifer on 10 September 1861 (2, 3, 17 (mustered in as fifer)).

He fought in the battle of Gettysburg (5). On 2 July 1863, he was sent to the hospital, with Captain Hall (7). On 8 August 1863, he had not been heard from since then, and he was reported absent without leave (7).

On 8 September 1863, Sinex reported that he was in Philadelphia and able to rejoin the regiment, and requested his return (6).

On 26 September 1863, he was reported returned from absent without leave (8).

He re-enlisted as a veteran volunteer, on 24 December 1863, at Bealton, Virginia (1, 4, 9 [26 Dec 63]). He was enlisted by Lieutenant Carpenter, for 3 years (4).

He died on 2 May 1864 (1 [3 May], 15 [2 May], 16 [2 May]), at the post hospital in Chester, Pennsylvania (2, 3, 4 [at home], 9, 10, 15, 16). He died of gastritis (16). (According to (4), he was on a veterans' furlough; perhaps his furlough was extended because of illness.) He was then a musician in company E (13, 16, 17). On 8 May 1864, he was buried in Philanthropic Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1 [Chester PA], 16) Members of the Washington Engine Company were invited to attend his funeral, which was held from his late residence, 825 Leonard Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (15, 16).

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

After the war

On 12 May 1864, his widow, Sallie E Henry, applied successfully for a pension (12, 13).

On 17 September 1894, the Certificate Division of the Pension Office sent the pension certificate file to the Middle Division (14).

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 list of non-commissioned officers, co E

4 descriptive roll, company E, entry 15 (John A Henry)

5 Pennsylvania Memorial, 91st Pennsylvania plaque, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (John A Henry)

6 letter, Sinex to Marvin, 8 September 1863

7 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 8 August 1863 (Musician Henry)

8 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 26 September 1863 (Mus Henry)

9 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 6 May 2004 (John A Henry [promoted to corporal])

10 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 9 June 1864 (John Henry)

11 'Headquarters company E', Philadelphia Inquirer 26 January 1865 page 5 (John Henry)

12 pension index, by name (John A Henry)

13 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company E (John A Henry)

14 widow's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, certificate number WC 50,407 (J A Henry)

15 death notice, Public Ledger, Friday 6 May 1864, page 2 (John A Henry)

16 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2 May 1864 (John A Henry)

17 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (John A Henry)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

Pennsylvania veterans burial cards
Ancestry index (accessed 20 Nov 12)
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John A Henry 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 8 Jun 2014, from Fold3]


Henry John A.
Co. E, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Fifer | Mus'n
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

Widow's pension certificate file

[widow's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, certificate number WC 50,407
[abstracted 20 November 2012, from 2 pages on Fold3]
17 September 1894
certificate 50,407, widow's class, J A Henry, was sent by the Certificate Division [of the Pension Office] to the Middle Division

death notice

[death notice, Public Ledger, Friday 6 May 1864, page 2]
[transcribed 20 November 2012, from GenealogyBank]

HENRY--On the 2d inst, at Chester Hospital, JOHN A. HENRY, of Company E, 91st Regiment P V V, aged 25 years and 5 months.

The relatives and friends of the family; the company of which he was a member, and the Washington Engine Company, are respectfully invited to attend his funeral, from his late residence, No. 825 Leonard [or Leopard?] street, on Sunday afternoon, at 2 o'clock

death certificate

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2 May 1864, John A Henry]
[transcribed 20 November 2012, from FamilySearch]

Post Hospital
Chester Penna
May 4th 1864

I hereby certify that John A. Henry Musician Co "E" 91st Penna Vols died at this Hospital on the 2nd of May 1864 of Gastritis

Geo Rex U.S. Vols
Surgeon of Post

RETURN OF A DEATH
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA.
PHYSICIAN'S CERTIFICATE.
White
John A Henry
Age 25 years 5 ms
Married

UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE, IN RELATION TO DECEASED.
8. Occupation, [blank]
9. Place of Birth, Philada
10. When a Minor, [blank]
11. Ward 2
12. Street and Number, Leonard St. 825
13. Date of Burial, May 8" 1864
14. Place of Burial, Philantropic [sic]
D H Barnes UNDERTAKER
Residence, 815 S 2

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