He was born in 1840/41 (5 (21 in 1862), 6 (21 in 1862)). He was born in London, England (5).
When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 4 inches tall, and had a light complexion, blue eyes, and light hair (5).
He enlisted and was mustered into service in the 118th Pennsylvania Infantry on 12 August 1862 (1, 3, 5, 6, 7 [2 Aug]). He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Captain Townsend (5). He was mustered in as a private at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (6). He was a private in company H (1).
He was transferred from the 118th Pennsylvania (1, 6). He was a private in company B of the 91st Pennsylvania (1, 8).
He may have been charged for lost equipment, perhaps when the regiment mustered out (4).
He unsuccessfully applied for a pension on 6 January 1870 (2, 7).
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) (Joseph Wade)
2 pension index by name (supplied by Dennis Clowney) [note: this mentions only his service in the 118th PA] (Joseph Wade)
3 Bates [see #1], volume 3, page 1336 [note: this lists him as not accounted for] (Joseph Wade)
4 list of men who owed money [?] (Joseph Wade)
5 company B, [third] descriptive roll, entry 111 (Joseph Wade)
6 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 23 June 2004 (Joseph Wade)
7 pension index, by regiment, 118th PA Infantry, company H (Joseph Wade)
8 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Joseph Wade)