91st PA: Charles K Willis

Charles K Willis

Before the war

He was born in 1841/42 (10 (20 in 1862), 11 (20 in 1862), 18 (51 in ?1895)). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (10, 18).

When he enlisted, he was a clerk (10).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 11 inches tall, and had a dark complexion, dark eyes, and light hair (10).

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 23 April 1862, at Washington, DC (1, 10, 11 [mustered in 30 Apr 62, as corporal], 12, 13). He enlisted for three years, at Washington DC, by Captain Gilbert (10). He was a private in company A (1, 20).

On 17 June 1863, he was missing in action (9). On 9 July 1863, he was dropped from the rolls, by order of Brigadier General Garrard (9, 10). On the next consolidated morning report, dated 28 July 1863, he was reported as having been dropped because he was missing in the campaign (6).

On 31 August 1863, he was reported regained (7). On 8 September 1863, Sinex reported that he was in Philadelphia and able to rejoin the regiment, and requested his return (2). On 26 September 1863, he was reported regained from duty in hospital (8).

On 1 March 1864, Colonel Gregory detached him to collect conscripts, at Philadelphia (3, 5). On 27 April 1864, Sinex reported that he had been relieved from Camp Cadwalader, but had not yet reported to the regiment (4).

He testified at John Hamill's court martial on 10 November 1864 (16). On 21 October 1864, he testified, the second time he saw Hamill, Hamill was visibly drunk, and fell asleep under a tree (16).

He mustered out, on 28 April 1865 when his term expired (1, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17). He was a corporal, in company A (20). He had served for 36 months (18).

After the war

In 1890, he was living at 1703 Lambert, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (13, 14). He was a cutter (14).

On 15 November 1892 [?], he applied unsuccessfully from Pennsylvania for a pension (12, 15).

On 17 May 1895, he was admitted to the Pennsylvania Soldier and Sailors' Home (18). He was admitted from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (18). He had nervous debility (18). He was not receiving a pension (18). He was a clerk, and was married (18).

On 8 September 1899, he died, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (12, 19). The funeral was held at his late residence, 927 Ridge Avenue (19). He was buried at Fernwood Cemetery, Delaware County, Pennsylvania (19).

On 28 September 1916, his widow, Kate Willis, successfully applied from Pennsylvania for a pension (12, 15).

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 Marvin, 8 September 1863

3 letter, Sinex to Marvin, 7 March 1864

4 letter, Sinex to Fowler, 27 April 1864

5 special order 13, HQ 91st PA, 1 March 1864

6 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 28 July 1863 (Priv Willis)

7 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 31 August 1863 (Pri Willis)

8 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 26 September 1863 (Pri Willis)

9 register of men discharged, co.A (Charles Willis)

10 company A descriptive roll, entry 96 (Charles Willis)

11 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 6 May 2004 (Charles Willis)

12 pension index, by regiment (Charles M Willis)

13 1890 US Census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, supervisor's district [1], enumeration district [684], page 2 (image 2208 on Ancestry) (Chas K Willis)

14 1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory (Charles Willis)

15 pension index, by name (Charles K Willis)

16 court-martial record, John Hamill (Charles K Willis)

17 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 28 April 1865 (Chas K Willis)

18 Report of the Board of Managers of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1895. Serial Set volume 3412, session volume 45, 54th Congress, 1st Session. House Document 42 (in 3 parts). Part II page 354. (Charles K Willis)

19 death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer 11 September 1899 page 14 (Charles K Willis)

20 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Charles K Willis)

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US Census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, supervisor's district [1], enumeration district [684], page 2 (image 2208 on Ancestry)]
[line] 18
[house] 149
[family] 169
[name] Chas K Willis
[rank] Corp
[company] A
[unit] 91 Pa inf
[enlistment date] 23 Apl 1862
[discharge date] 28 Apl 1865
[length of service] 3 years, 0 months, 5 days
[post office address] 1703 Lambert " [sc. St]
[disability incurred] [blank]
[remarks] [blank]

1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory

[searched transcription on Ancestry, March 2005]
Charles Willis, cutter, h 1703 Lambert

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 7 May 2015, from Fold3]


Willis, Charles K.
Co. A, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | Corp.
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death notice

[death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer 11 September 1899 page 14]

WILLIS.--On September 8, 1899, Charles K. Willis, husband of Kate N. Willis. The relatives and friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral services, on Monday afternoon, at 2 o'clock, at his late residence, No. 927 Ridge avenue. Interment private at Fernwood Cemetery.


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