91st PA: George W Cline Jr

George W Cline Jr

Before the war

He was born in 1838/39. [source: date: 2 (23 in 1862)]

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


When he enlisted, he had grey eyes, brown hair, and a light complexion, and was 5 feet 8 inches tall. [source: 2]

During the war

He enlisted on 23 August 1862, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was enlisted by Lieutenant James H Clossen (G). W H H Hopkins (G) witnessed his enlistment. He was mustered in as a private. He was paid $25 in bounty, and a $4 premium. [sources: 1, 2]

He is listed on a Muster and Descriptive Roll of a Detachment of U S Volunteers forwarded for the 91st Regiment Pennsylvania Infantry, dated Philadelphia Pensylvania, 1 September 1862. He is not listed on any company muster rolls. [source: 2]

Note on identification

The information in the compiled service record is not consistent with his being the same person as George A Cline (D) or William Cline (F):

George A Cline (D)
(a) enlisted and was mustered into service on 2 February 1864
(b) had a dark complexion, brown eyes, and dark hair
(c) was a mason when he enlisted
(d) was 21 in 1864
William Cline (F)
(a) enlisted and was mustered into service on 15 or 13 October 1861
(b) was 44 when enlisted in 1861


1 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (George W Cline Jr)

2 compiled service record (George W Cline Jr)

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]


George W Cline Jr 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 21 Mar 2014, from Fold3]

Cline George W. Jr.
Co. -, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | -
See also [blank]


compiled service record

[transcribed from seven images obtained from the National Archives]

[image 1]


Cline George W. Jr
Co. -, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Private | --

1 22037280
[the rest of the card numbers have nothing written next to them]

Number of personal papers herein 2
Book Mark: [blank]
See also [blank]

[image 2]

Cline George W. Jr
[blank], Co. [blank], 91 Reg't Pa. Inf.

2 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 2
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]

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STATE OF Pennsylvania TOWN OF Philadelphia

I, George W. Cline Jr born in Philada in the State of Penna aged twenty three years, and by occupation a Carpenter DO HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGE to have volunteered this twenty third day of August 1862, 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, George W. Cline Jr 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.

[written vertically in the margin to the left of the preceding paragraph] Enlisted for 91st P.V.

George W. Cline Jr
Sworn and subscribed to, at Philada this 23rd day of August 1862 BEFORE ACH Peirce [?] 1st Lt Artillery M.O.

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.

Lt Mason Acting Assist Surgeon USA

I CERTIFY, ON HONOR, That I have minutely inspected the Volunteer, George W Cline Jr 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 Gray eyes, Brown hair, Light complexion, is 5 feet 8 inches high.

Liueut James H Closson
91st Regiment of Penna Volunteers,

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I, George W. Cline Jr desiring to VOLUNTEER as a Soldier in the Army of the United States, for the term of THREE YEARS, Do declare, That I am twenty three years and - 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.

George W. Cline Jr.
Witness: W. H. H. Hopkins

GIVEN at Philadelphia The 23rd day of August 1862

NO. [blank]
George W. Cline Jr
Volunteered at Philada
August 23rd 1862
By Lieut James H Clossen
91" Regiment of P V
[blank] enlistment; last served in Company [blank] [blank] Reg't of [blank] Discharged [blank]


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No. 196

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C | 91 | Pa.
George W. Cline Jr
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, Sept. 1, 1862,
Where born Philada Pa
Age 23 years; occupation Carpenter
When enlisted Aug. 23, 1862.
Where enlisted Phila. Pa
For what period enlisted 3 years.
Eyes grey; hair brown
Complexion light; height 5 ft 8 in.
When mustered in [blank]
Where mustered in [blank]
Bounty paid $25 00; due $[blank]
Where credited [blank]
Company to which assigned [blank]
Remarks: $4 premium paid

Not borne on Co. muster rolls of Regt.

Book mark: [a number may be stamped here, but if so, only the very top of the digits is visible]

Fethers Copyist.

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