91st PA: John Sommers

John Sommers

Before the war

He was born in 1842/43 (10 (18 in 1861)). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (10).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 9 (?) inches tall, and had a dark complexion, blue eyes, and black hair (10).

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 23 September 1861 (1, 10, 12). He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (10). He was a private, in company H (1, 15-17). He had gun number 67 (10).

He was reported missing in action on 7 May 1863 (6, 13, 14 [missing]).

On 10 September 1863, he was either at Camp Parole, or Convalescent Camp, Alexandria, Virginia (2).

On 6 October 1863, he returned from hospital (8).

He reenlisted as a veteran volunteer (1).

On 3 July 1864, he and four other men in company H asked their captain, James Closson, to be transferred to a newly forming battalion of sharpshooters (3). Closson passed their request on to the regimental adjutant (3), but none were transferred.

On 5 November 1864, he was promoted to second corporal, effective 3 November 1864, replacing John Goodwin (5, 9).

He was promoted on 1 May 1865 to fourth sergeant (1, 9). On 31 May 1865, he was promoted to sergeant, effective 31 May (5).

On 15 June 1865, he went on a furlough, which expired on 30 June 1865 (7).

He mustered out on 10 July 1865 with his company (1, 12). He was a sergeant, in company H (15-17).

After the war

On 15 June 1894, he applied unsuccessfully from Pennsylvania for a pension (11, 12).

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, Sinex to Adjutant General, 10 September 1863

3 letters, Fraley et al. to Closson, and Closson to Tayman, 3 and 4 July 1864 (John Somers)

4 special order 104, HQ 91st PA, 5 November 1864 (John Sommer)

5 special order 31, HQ 91st PA, 31 May 1865

6 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 7 May 1863 (Private Sommers)

7 enlisted men's furloughs (Summers)

8 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 6 October 1863 (Pri Somers)

9 company H, list of non-commissioned officers (John Sommers [2 entries])

10 company H, descriptive roll, #14 (John Sommers)

11 pension index, by name (John Sommers)

12 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company H (John Sommers)

13 'The ninety-first Pennsylvania volunteers', Philadelphia Press, Wednesday 13 May 1863, page 2 (John Somers)

14 'The Ninety-first Pennsylvania at Chancellorville', Philadelphia Inquirer 13 May 1863, page 8 (John Somers)

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

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

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

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1890 US census, veterans' schedules
Ancestry index (accessed 25 Jan 2012)
Pennsylvania veterans burial cards
Ancestry index (accessed 25 Jan 2012)

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 14 April 2015, from Fold3]


Sommers, John
Co. H, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Sergt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Summers, John

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 14 Apr 15]

Somers, John
Co. H, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Sergt.
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Summers, John

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 3, transcribed 24 Apr 15]

Summers John
Co. H, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Sgt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

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