91st PA: John Shaeffer

John Shaeffer

Before the war

He was born in 1825 (13; 5 (41 in 1861), 6 (41 in 1861), 7 (70 in ?1888), 8 (70 in ?1888)). He was born in Somerset [County], Pennsylvania (5, 6, 7, 8).

When he enlisted, he was a boatman (5, 6).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 6-1/2 inches tall, and had a light complexion, blue eyes, and light hair (5, 6).

During the war

He was mustered into service in the 62nd Pennsylvania on 9 August 1861 (1). He was a private, in company M (13).

On 2 July 1864, Colonel Switzer detailed him in the Brigade Quartermaster Department (4).

He reenlisted as a veteran volunteer on 24 February 1864 (1, 5, 6). He was enlisted for three years, at Licken Run, Virginia, by Lieutenant Adams (5, 6). He was mustered in by Captain Bernard (5, 6).

He was transferred on 20 July 1864 from company M of the 62nd Pennsylvania to the 91st (1, 10 [24 Feb]). On 21 July 1864, he, and the other members of companies L and M, were assigned to company G (2). On 22 July 1864, they were transferred to company K, following brigade orders to assign them to the smallest company (3). He was a private in company K (1, 3, 13, 14-15).

He was still detailed in the Brigade Quartermaster Department in September (?) 1864 (4).

He was still detailed in the 2nd Brigade Quartermaster Department on 30 April 1865 (11).

In June 1865, he was detailed in the Brigade Commissary (12).

He mustered out on 10 July 1865 with his company (1, 10 [9 Jul]). He was a private, in company K (14-15). He served for sixteen months (7, 8).

After the war

On 18 October 1880, he successfully applied from Kansas for a pension (9, 10).

On 11 October 1888, he was admitted to the National Soldiers Home (7, 8). He was admitted from Kansas (7, 8). He was paralyzed (7, 8). He was not receiving a pension (7).

In 1889, he was present in the Western Branch of the National Soldiers Home (7).

On 22 November 1892, he died, in the Western Branch of the National Soldiers Home (8). He was receiving a pension of $12 per month (8).

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) (John Shaeffer)

2 special order 65, HQ 91st PA, 21 July 1864 (John Shaffer)

3 special order 66, HQ 91st PA, 22 July 1864 (John Shaffer)

4 [list of detailed men, probably from Sept 1864] (John Shaeffer)

5 company K, third descriptive roll (John Shaeffer)

6 company K, fourth descriptive roll (John Shaeffer)

7 Letter from the President of the Board of Managers of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, transmitting the report of the Board for the fiscal year 1889. Serial Set volume 2768, session volume 9, 51st Congress, 1st Session. House Miscellaneous Document 77. Page 312. (John Schaffer)

8 Report of the Board of Managers of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1893. Serial Set volume 3151, session volume 1, 53rd Congress, 1st Session. House Miscellaneous Document 35. Page 717. (John Schaffer)

9 pension index, by name (John Shaffer)

10 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company K (John Shaffer)

11 company K, monthly report, April 1865 (Jno Schaffer)

12 monthly return, company K, June 1865 (Jno Shaeffer)

13 Page 256. Floyd G Hoenstine. Military services and genealogical records of soldiers of Blair County, Pennsylvania. Harrisburg, PA: Telegraph Press, 1940. (John Shaffer)

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

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

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1890 US census, veterans' schedules
checked Ancestry index (May 2007)--I did not check all reasonable spellings of his name, but since he seems to have been in the Western Branch of the National Soldiers Home, which was in Kansas, and the Kansas veterans' schedules are lost, he is very unlikely to be listed in any extant schedules
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checked for Schaffer's buried in the Leavenworth National Cemetery (accessed 1 June 2012)

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John Shaeffer 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 29 March 2015, from Fold3]


Shaffer John
Co. K, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt.
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Shaeffer John

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 30 Mar 15]

Shaeffer John
Co. K, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also 62" Pa. Vols.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

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