91st PA: William Pritchett

William Pritchett

Before the war

He was born in 1839/40 (4 (21 in 1861)). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (4).

When he enlisted, he was a conductor (4).

Description

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

During the war

James Closson enlisted him and several friends in company G (2). He enlisted and was mustered into service on 2 October 1861 (1, 2, 3, 4). He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Captain Dye (4). He was mustered in as a private in company G, by Captain Dye (1, 2, 3, 5-6).

He never reported for duty, and was recorded as having deserted on 2 October 1861, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1, 2, 3, 4).

James Closson visited his parents, who claimed they did not know where he was and that he could not serve because of "weakness in the eyes", and offered a substitute (2). A few days later Pritchett's father came with a substitute. After talking to Colonel Gregory and Major Todd, Captain Sellers accepted the substitute (2). He later admitted he had no authority to accept him (2).

Captain Sellers later reported him as having deserted, and he was arrested in Philadelphia (2). Apparently someone complained, and Gregory had to explain the situation to the US Adjutant General (2). He was a private, in company G (5-6).

I do not know what happened. Bates records him as having deserted on 2 October 1861, which suggests he was never court martialed.

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, Gregory to Thomas, with report by Eli Sellers, 21 November 1863

3 company G, register of deserters (William T Pritchet)

4 company G, descriptive roll, #57 (William A [sic] Pritchett)

5 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (William F Pritchet)

6 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (William F Pritchett)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

pension index, by name
Ancestry index (accessed March 2007)

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 22 February 2015, from Fold3]


Pritchet, William F.
Co. G, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | Pvt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Pritchett, William F.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 22 Feb 15]

Pritchett William F
Co. G, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

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