91st PA--John F Jester

John F Jester

Before the war

He was born in 1842/43 (6 (21 in 1864)). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (6).

When he enlisted, he was a shoemaker (6).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 6 inches tall, and had a dark complexion, black eyes, and dark hair (6).

During the war

According to the pension index, he also served in the Navy (8, 10). He was transferred there by special order 31095 (10).

He also served in the 124th Pennsylvania Infantry (9, 10). He enlisted on 1 August 1862 (9). He was discharged on 16 May 1863 (9).

He enlisted as a veteran volunteer and was mustered into service as a private in the 91st Pennsylvania on 27 January 1864 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1, 6, 7, 8, 9). (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 for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Lieutenant Burk (6). He was a private, in company A (1, 11).

On 22 February 1864, the superintendent of the volunteer recruiting service detached him for duty in the recruiting service, at Philadelphia (3, 4).

He was wounded on 8 May 1864, at Laurel Hill, Virginia (1; see 2 for background).

On 17 February 1865, he was promoted to corporal, effective 1 January 1865 (1, 5, 7).

He mustered out on 10 July 1865 with his company (1, 7, 8, 9) He was a corporal, in company A (11).

After the war

In 1890, he was living at 124 South 14th Street, St Louis, Missouri (9).

On 9 October 1890, he applied unsuccessfully for a pension (8, 10).

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 Thomas Walter. 'Personal recollections and experiences of an obscure soldier'. Grand Army Scout and Soldiers' Mail, volume 3, number 46 page 2.

3 letter, Sinex to Marvin, 7 March 1864

4 special order 8, HQ 91st PA, 22 February 1864

5 special order 9, HQ 91st PA, 17 February 1865 (John T Jester)

6 company A descriptive roll, entry 131 (John F Jester)

7 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 5 May 2004 (John F Jester)

8 pension index, by regiment (John F. Jester)

9 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Missouri, St Louis city, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 174, page 2 (John F Jester)

10 pension index, by name (John F Jester)

11 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (John F Jester)

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Missouri, St Louis city, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 174, page 2]
[line] 18
[house] 106
[family] 169
[name] Jester John F. (Jester John F.) [the second occurrence of the name is more legible than the first]
[rank] Private
[company] A
[unit] 124 Pa. Inf
[enlistment date] 1 Aug 1862
[discharge date] 16 May 1863
[length of service] - years, 9 months, 15 days
[post office address] 124 South 14th St. Saint Louis Mo
[disability incurred] [blank]
[remarks] [blank]

[line] 19
[house] x
[family] x
[name] x
[rank] Private
[company] A.
[unit] 91 Pa. Inf
[enlistment date] 27 Jany 1864
[discharge date] 10 July 1865
[length of service] 1 year, 5 months, 13 days
[post office address] x x
[disability incurred] [blank]
[remarks] [blank]

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 17 June 2014, from Fold3]


Jester, John F.
Co. A, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Corpl.
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

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