He was born in 1825/26 (2 (38 in 1864), 3 (56 in 1883?)). He was born in Charleston, South Carolina (2, 3).
When he enlisted, he was a waterman (2).
When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 10-1/2 inches tall, had a light complexion, blue eyes, and light hair (2).
He enlisted and was mustered into service, as a recruit, for three years, on 3 February 1864, at Philadelphia Pennsylvania (1, 2, 5). He was enlisted by Lieutenant Shipley, and was mustered into service by Lieutenant Burke (2). He was a private in company E (1, 2, 6).
He was absent at muster out (1). He was a private, in company E (6). He served for eleven months (3).
On 10 July 1878, he successfully applied for a pension (5).
On 23 June 1883, he was admitted to the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers (3). He suffered from wounds in his left arm (3). He received a pension of $4 per month (3).
He died on 7 August 1883 (5).
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 descriptive roll, company E, entry 131
3 National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. Report of Managers of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, transmitting the report of the said board for the year ending June 30, 1884. January 5, 1885. Serial Set volume 2310, session volume 1, 48th Congress, 2nd Session, House Miscellaneous Document 11, page 216 (Samuel Williams)
4 'The Ninety-first Pennsylvania volunteers', Philadelphia Inquirer 8 June 1864 page 3 (James Williams)
5 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company E (Samuel Williams)
6 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Samuel Williams)