He was born in January 1842, to Edwin and Hannah S Chandler (27, 34; 21 (21 in 1861), 22 [23 in 1864], 26 [33 in 1880], 27 [58 in 1900], 35 [8 in 1850], 38 [19 in 1860], 39 [64 in 1906]). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (21, 22, 26, 27, 34, 35, 38).
In 1850, he was living in ward 3, Spring Garden, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (35). He was living with his parents Edwin and Hannah Chandler, and with Edwin (presumably his brother) (35). He had attended school within the year (35).
In 1860, he was living in Lower Chicester, Delaware County, Pennsylvania (38). He was living with Edwin and Henriett Chandler (presumably his parents), and Edwin B Chandler (presumably his brother) (38). He had attended school within the year (38).
When he enlisted, he was a clerk (21, 22).
When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 10 inches tall, and had a dark complexion, dark eyes, and dark hair (21, 22).
He also served in company K of the 22nd Pennsylvania (24, 25, 33). He enlisted in April 1861 (24). He was discharged in 1861 (24).
He enlisted and was mustered into service on 25 September 1861 (co.D) or 24 September 1861 (co.A) (1, 22 [25 Sep], 24). He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Captain Sinex (22). He was mustered in service by Captain Dye (22). He was in company D (1, 43 (sgt)).
He was promoted to corporal on 8 October 1861 (18).
He fought at the Battle of Gettysburg (29). He was then a sergeant (29).
He was promoted to sergeant on 26 October 1863 (17).
On 13 December 1863, he was detailed to replace John Hamill in the ambulance corps (5). Colonel Gregory revoked the brigade order the same day (6), and Chandler returned to the regiment on the 15th (7).
In 1863 or 1864, he married Margaret L [unknown surname] (28, 39). In 1900 and 1910, she had had four children, none of whom were alive (28).
He was transfered from company A to company D on 16 February 1864 (10, 19). He may have been mustered in company A when he reenlisted, perhaps because he was detached (19?).
On 22 February 1864, the Superintendent of the Volunteer Recruiting Service detached him for duty in the recruiting service, in Philadelphia (8, 11). On 26 February 1864, he witnessed the Declaration of Recruit by John Lackey (A) (45). On 27 April 1864, Sinex reported that he had been relieved, but had not yet reported to the regiment for duty (9). On 7 April 1864, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he witnessed the Declaration of Recruit by Frank Mackey (B) (44). On 29 April 1864, he was reported returned from detached service (23).
On 6 July 1865, he was relieved from duty as acting regimental quarter master by quartermaster Archibald Nimmo (13). Chandler was also authorized to receive and issue ordnance and ordnance stores (13).
He mustered out on 10 July 1865 with his company (1, 2, 24). He was second lieutenant of company D (43).
On 3 November 1865, he certified that Edward Ogden had 'served as a faithful and obedient soldier', and was always well before contracting consumption of the lungs, in camp at Sharpsburg VA in September 1862 (41).
In 1880, he was living at 208 Federal Street, Camden, New Jersey (26). He was living with his wife Maggie and son Wilson [?] (26). He was a fish dealer (26).
He attended the 1884 meeting of the 91st's Survivors' Association (3).
On 31 August 1889, he successfully applied from New Jersey [?] for a pension (25, 33).
In 1890, he was living at 51 Cooper, Camden, Camden County, New Jersey (24). He had pyles, a hernia, and heart disease (24).
In 1894, Susan Wilson, guardian of the children of John N Hawks alias James Clark (D), contacted him for help with her pension application on their behalf (42). He was living at 214 Federal Street, Camden, New Jersey (42). He apparently did not provide her with an affidavit (perhaps because he was unable to confirm that Hawks and Clark were the same person) (42).
In 1900, he was living at 42 North Second Street, Camden, Camden County, New Jersey (27). He was living with his wife Margaret (27). He was a steward (27).
He died on 8 February 1906, of phthisis pulmonalis, at 42 North 2nd Street, Camden, Camden County, New Jersey (33, 34, 37 [9 Feb], 39). He was a steward on the steamer Republic (34, 37). He resided at 42 North 2nd Street, Camden, New Jersey (34, 39). On 13 February 1906, he was buried in Monument Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (34, 36 [12 Feb]). He was buried from his home (36, 39). Invited to the funeral were members of the 91st, and members of the following organizations: TMK Lee Jr Post, No 5; William B Hatch Post, No 37, GAR; Hatch Circle, No 2, L of GAR; Fidelity Lodge, No 138, International Order of Odd Fellows, of Philadelphia; N I [?] Lodge, No 1 International Order of Odd Fellows; and Lenni Lenape Tribe, No 2, Improved Order of Red Men of Camden, New Jersey. (39).
On 24 April 1908, his widow, Margaret L Chandler, successfully applied from New Jersey for a pension (25, 33).
In 1910, his widow Maggie Chandler was living at 218 Arch Street, Camden, Camden County, New Jersey (28).
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 roster.)
[Bates lists two William Chandler's, one in co.A [not accounted for at muster out], and the other in co. D [mustered out with the regiment]. His source obviously missed special order 4, HQ 91st PA, 16 February 1864, which transfers Chandler from co.A to co.D.]
3 'The 91st'. Grand Army Scout and Soldiers' Mail, 20 December 1884, page 6 column 2.
4 letter, Sinex to Marvin, 26 August 1863
5 special order 113, HQ 91st PA, 13 December 1863
6 special order [number illegible], HQ 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 5th Corps, 13 December 1863
7 special order 115, HQ 91st PA, 15 December 1863
8 letter, Sinex to Marvin, 7 March 1864
9 letter, Sinex to Fowler, 27 April 1864
10 special order 4, HQ 91st PA, 16 February 1864
11 special order 8, HQ 91st PA, 22 February 1864
12 special order 17, HQ 91st PA, 18 March 1865 (William H Chandler)
13 special order 40, HQ 91st PA, 6 July 1865
14 undated officers' furlough list, in regimental letter, order, guard, and furlough book (Wm H Chandler)
15 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 23 August 1863 (Sergt Chandler)
16 company D, list of commissioned officers (William H Chandler)
17 company D, list of non-commissioned officers (William H Chandler [in "reorganization" list])
18 company D, list of non-commissioned officers (William H Chandler)
19 company D, register of men transferred (William H Chandler)
20 company D, register of men discharged ("reorganization" page) (W H Chandler)
21 company D, descriptive roll, sergeants, entry 4 (William H Chandler)
22 company D, second descriptive roll, entry 2 (William H Chandler)
23 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 29 April 1864 (Sergt Chandler)
24 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, New Jersey, Camden County, Camden, supervisor's district 3, enumeration district 158, page  (William H Chandler)
25 pension index, by name (William H Chandler)
26 1880 US census, New Jersey, Camden County, Camden, 1st precinct, 3rd ward, supervisor's district 3, enumeration district 44, microfilm series T9, film 773, page 134 A = 9 handwritten (William Chandler)
27 1900 US census, New Jersey, Camden County, Camden, supervisor's district 6, enumeration district 30, microfilm series T623, film 957, page 3 B = 3 handwritten (William Chandler)
28 1910 US census, New Jersey, Camden County, Camden, ward 3, supervisor's district [illegible], enumeration district 16, microfilm series T624, film 872, page 191 B = 1 handwritten (Maggie L Chandler)
29 Pennsylvania Memorial, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (Wm H Chandler)
30 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 19 March 1865 (Sergt Chandler)
31 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 28 May 1865 (Sergt Chandler)
32 'The Ninety-first Pennsylvania volunteers', Philadelphia Inquirer 8 June 1864 page 3 (Wm H Chandler)
33 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company D (William H Chandler)
34 transit permit (Camden NJ) and undertaker's death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania death records, 8 February 1906 (Wm H Chandler)
35 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Spring Garden, ward 3, microfilm series M432, film 818, page 31 = 61 handwritten (Will H Chandler)
36 'Well-known Camden veteran buried', Philadelphia Inquirer 13 February 1906, page 3 (William Chandler)
37 'Old Republic's steward dead', Philadelphia Inquirer 10 February 1906, page 3 (William H Chandler)
38 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Delaware County, Lower Chichester (post office Marcus Hook), microfilm series M653, film 1105, page 254 = 13 handwritten (William H Chandler)
39 [death notice], Philadelphia Inquirer, 10 February 1906, page 7 (William H Chandler)
41 abstract of widow's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, certificate WC 85,315 (Mary Ogden mother of Edward Ogden) (William H Chandler)
42 Navy pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, microfilm series M1469, certificate 13952, John N Hawks [see especially page 23] (William H Chandler)
43 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (William H Chandler)
44 compiled service record, B 91 PA, Frank Mackey (W H Chandler)
45 compiled service record, A 91 PA, John Leckey (W H Chandler)
|Families visited|| Boarding House|
|Name||Edwin Chandler||Hannah S. Do||Edwin V. Do||Will H Do|
|Occupation of males over 15 years||None|
|Real estate owned|
|Married within year|
|Attended school within year||1||1|
|Over 20 & can't read/write|
|Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.|
|Name||Edwin Chandler||Henriett "||Edwin B "||William H "|
|Value of real estate owned|
|Value of personal estate||1000|
|Place of birth||Connecticut||Massachusetts||"||Pa|
|Married within year|
|Attended school within year||1|
|Cannot read & write|
|Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.|
|street name||Federal Street|
|dwelling visit #||68|
|family visit #||76|
|name||Chandler William||- Maggie||- Wilson [?]|
|month born if born in year|
|married during year|
|occupation||Fish Dealer||Keeping house||At home|
|school this year|
|name||Chandler William||- Margaret|
|birth date||Jan 1842||Nov 1844|
|# years married||36||36|
|mother of how many children?||4|
|# of children living||0 [?]|
|[the '0' might be a '2']|
|# years in USA|
|# months not employed||0|
|# months in school|
|free or mortgaged|
|# of farm schedule|
|name||Chandler Maggie L|
|#years present marriage|
|mother of # children||4|
|mother of # living children||0|
|nature of industry etc.|
|out of work 15 Apr 1910?|
|# weeks out of work 1909|
|school since 1 Sep 09|
|owned free or mortagaged|
|nr on farm schedule|
|civil war vet|
|deaf & dumb|
William Chandler, a well-known Camden veteran, was buried from his home, 42 North Second street, yesterday. There were present many old soldiers and members from secret societies. Interment was made in the Monument Cemetery, Philadelphia.['Old Republic's steward dead', Philadelphia Inquirer 10 February 1906, page 3, William H Chandler]
William H. Chandler, aged 63 years, died yesterday at his home, 42 North Second street, Camden. For many years he was a steward aboard the steamer Republic. He was a Civil War veteran.[Philadelphia Inquirer, 10 February 1906, page 7]
CHANDLER--On February 8, 1906, WILLIAM H., husband of Margaret L Chandler, aged 64 years. The relatives and friends, also TMK Lee Jr Post, No 5, and William B Hatch Post, No 37, GAR, and Hatch Circle, No 2, L of GAR, Ninety-first PVV of Pennsylvania, Fidelity Lodge, No 138, IOOF, of Philadelphia; also N I [?] Lodge, No 1 IOOF, and Lenni Lenape Tribe, No 2, IORM of Camden, N.J. are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, on Tuesday afternoon, February 20, at 1 30 o'clock, from his late residence, 42 N 2d st, Camden NJ. Interment at Monument Cemetery, Philadelphia. Remains can be viewed Monday evening.