91st PA: John Bliss

John Bliss

Before the war

He was born in 1830/31, in West Chester, New York. [sources: date: 2 (33 in 1864, though the card has 23). place: 2]

When he enlisted, he was a seaman. [source: 2]


When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 8 inches tall, and had a dark complexion, hazel eyes, and dark hair.

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 15 March 1864, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was assigned to company B. He was a private. His enlistment was credited to the 5th ward of Philadelphia (in the first congressional district of Pennsylvania). Lt J A Gregory recruited him, and Wm C Stackhouse witnessed his signature. [sources: 1, 2]

His name is on a Muster and descriptive roll of a detachment of US Volunteers forwarded for the 91st, dated 20 March 1864. However, he deserted from the recruiting rendezvous. When the men were sent to the barracks, he wasn't present, and the receiving officer erased his name from the roll. [source: 2]


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

2 compiled service record (John Bliss)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

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.
not in the roster
pension index, by name
read through 'John Bliss' entries on Ancestry (13 July 2014)


John Bliss in the 91st PA database

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 13 Mar 2014, from Fold3]

Bliss, John
Co. -, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | -
See also [blank]


compiled service record

[compiled service record, John Bliss, B 91 PA]
[transcribed 5 images 13 July 2014; acquired from National Archives and Records Administration]

[image 1]

Bliss John
Co. -, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Private | -
1 22037512
[the rest of the card numbers are blank]

Number of personal papers herein 1
Book Mark: [blank]
See also [blank]

[image 2]

Bliss John
[blank], Co. B, 91 Reg't Pa. Inf.

1 Enclosures.

Bed Cards [blank]
Burial Records [blank]
Certs. of Dis. for Discharge [blank]
C.M. Charges [blank]
Descriptive Lists [blank]
Discharge Certificates [blank]
Enlistment Papers 1
Final Statements [blank]
Furloughs or L. of A. [blank]
Med. Certificates [blank]
Med. Des. Lists [blank]
Orders [blank]
Pris. of War Record [blank]
Resignations [blank]

Other papers relating to--
Admission to Hosp'l [blank]
Casualty Sheet [blank]
Confinement [blank]
Contracts [blank]
Death or Effects [blank]
Desertion [blank]
Discharge from Hosp'l [blank]
Discharge from Service [blank]
Duty [blank]
Furlough or L. of A. [blank]
Med. Examination [blank]
Misc. Information [blank]
Pay or Clothing [blank]
Personal Reports [blank]
Rank [blank]
Transfer to Hosp'l [blank]
Transfer to V.R.C. [blank]
Transportation [blank]

[image 3]

STATE OF Pennsylvania
TOWN OF Philadelphia

I, John Bliss born in Weschester [sic] in the State of New York aged Thirty three years, and by occupation a seaman DO HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGE to have volunteered this Fifteenth day of March 1864 to serve as a Soldier in the Army of the United States of America, for the period of THREE YEARS, unless sooner discharged by proper authority: Do also agree to accept such bounty, pay, rations, and clothing, as are, or may be, established by law for volunteers. And I, John Bliss do solemnly swear, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the United States of America, and that I will serve them honestly and faithfully against all their enemies or opposers whomsoever; and that I will observe and obey the orders of the President of the United States, and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to the Rules and Articles of War

Sworn and subscribed to, at Philada. Pa. this 15th day of March 1864. BEFORE Chas Snyder 2nd [?] Lt. [?] + Supt. M.O.
John Bliss

I CERTIFY, ON HONOR, That I have carefully examined the above-named Volunteer, agreeably to the General Regulations of the Army, and that, in my opinion, he is free from all bodily defects and mental infirmity, which would in any way disqualify him from performing the duties of a soldier.

H K [??] Mason
A A Surg USA

I CERTIFY, ON HONOR, That I have minutely examined the Volunteer, John Bliss previously to his enlistment, and that he was entirely sober when enlisted; that, to the best of my judgment and belief, he is of lawful age; and that, in accepting him as duly qualified to perform the duties of an able-bodied soldier, I have strictly observed the Regulations which govern the recruiting service. This soldier has Hazel eyes, Dark hair, Dark complexion is 5 feel 8 inches high.

J A Gregory
Lieut 91st Regiment of Pa Volunteer,

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I, John Bliss desiring to VOLUNTEER as a Soldier in the Army of the United States, for the term of THREE YEARS, Do Declare, That I am Thirty Three years and [blank] months of age; that I have never been discharged from the United States service on account of disability or by sentence of a court martial, or by order before the expiration of a term of enlistment; and I know of no impediment to my serving honestly and faithfully as a soldier for three years.

GIVEN at Philada
the 15 day of March 1864
John Bliss

Witness: Pri. Wm. C. Stackhouse

from 5th Ward 1st District
No. [blank]
John Bliss
Volunteered at Philadelphia
March 15th 1864.
By Lt J A Gregory
91st Regiment of Pa Vols

[blank] enlistment; last served in [blank]

Co. B. 91st Regt P.V


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B | 91 | Pa.
John Bliss
Appears with rank of Pvt. on
Muster and Descriptive Roll of a Detachment of U.S. Vols. forwarded
for the 91 Reg't Pennsylvania Inf. Roll dated
Phila Pa, Mar 20, 1864.
Where born Westchester [sic] N.Y
Age 23 [sic] years; occupation Seaman
When enlisted Mar. 15, 1864.
Where enlisted Phila.
For what period enlisted 3 years.
Eyes Hazel; hair Dark
Complexion Dark; height 5 ft 8 in.
When mustered in Mar 15, 1864.
Bounty paid $[blank] /100; due $[blank] /100
Where credited 5th ward of Phila, 1st Dist Pa.
Company to which assigned B
Remarks: Name cancelled on roll by a line The name erased from this roll is a man that deserted from the recruiting rendezvous. he could not be found to send to Barracks at the time the rolls were sent (over)

Book mark: [blank]
B E Smith Copyist.

[image 6]

SEP 23 1892 22037512

to the receiving officer of the Barracks and the name was erased by him as not being present.

Not on any muster rolls Co.

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