91st PA: Robert McDermott

Robert McDermott

Before the war

He was born in 1826/27 (4 (34 in 1861), 7 (34 in 1861)). He was born in Antrim, Ireland (7).

When he enlisted, he was a host[ler] [?] (7).


When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 7 inches tall, and had a dark complexion, blue eyes, and brown hair (7).

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 18 November 1861 (1, 3, 4, 7). He was enlisted at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Captain Casner (4, 7). He was mustered in as a private in company H, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1, 4, 7, 9).

He was transferred to company K on 4 December 1861 (1).

He deserted at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 19 January 1862 (5). He returned from desertion on 8 March 1863 (2).

He was tried by court martial in March 1863 (8).

He was dishonorably discharged on 1 May 1863, by sentence of general court martial (1, 5, 6). He was a private, in company K (9).


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) (Robert McDermott)

2 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 8 March 1863 (Private McDermott)

3 company H, register of men transferred (Robert McDermott)

4 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 13 March 2005 (Robert McDermott)

5 company K, register of deserters, entry 14 (Robert McDermott)

6 company K, register of men discharged, #17 (Robert McDermott)

7 company K, descriptive roll (Robert McDermott)

8 National Archives Archival Research Catalog (accessed 24 July 2010) (Robert McDermot)

9 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Robert McDermott)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

pension index, by name
Ancestry index (accessed March 2007)

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 16 January 2015, from Fold3]

McDermott, Robert.
Co. H K, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | Pvt.
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