91st PA: William Collins

William Collins

Before the war

He was born in 1820/22 (9 (40 in 1861/2), 10 (41 in 1861/2)). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (9, 10).

When he enlisted, he was a laborer (9, 10).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 4 inches tall, and had a dark complexion, dark eyes, and grey hair (9, 10 [light complexion, grey eyes, dark hair]).

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 19 August 1862 or 8 August 1861 (1 [8 Aug 61], 9 [19 Aug 62], 10 [19 Aug 62], 11 [19 Aug 62], 13 [8 Aug 63]). (If he enlisted in August 1861, his term expired in August 1864. The fact that he was not discharged then suggests that he probably enlisted in 1862, and not in 1861.) He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Lieutenant Closson (9, 10 [at Harrisburg (?), by Cap Dodge]). He was a private in company G (1, 15).

He fought at the Battle of Gettysburg (12).

He was detailed by General Garrard to serve in the ambulance corps on 3 September 1863 (2, 4, 6). He was still there in September (?) 1864 (6).

On 30 December 1863, Sinex reported that he was one of 30 men who had more than fifteen months to serve who were willing to reenlist (3). On 2 January 1864, he was transferred to the 155th Pennsylvania Infantry, while those eligible were on veterans' leave (7).

On 15 April 1864, Lieutenant Colonel Sinex recommended him for a detail, in compliance with general order 18 (8 April 1864) from the Army Headquarters (5). He does not say what the detail was for.

He was discharged near Washington DC, on 30 May 1865 or 1 June 1865, by general order 26, War Department (1, 8 [1 Jun], 11 [30 May], 13 [30 May]). He was a private, in company G (15).

After the war

In 1890, he was living at 1727 Norwood, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (11).

On 13 October 1890, he applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension (13, 14).

Sources

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 letter, Sinex to Marvin, 3 September 1863

3 letter, Sinex to Marvin, 30 December 1863

4 special order 70, HQ 91st PA, 3 September 1863

5 letter, Sinex to Marvin, 15 April 1864

6 [list of detailed men, probably from Sept 1864] (William Collins)

7 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 2 January 1864 (Collins)

8 company G, register of men discharged, #60 (William Collins)

9 company G, descriptive roll, #94 (William Collins)

10 company G, second descriptive roll, entry [14] (William Collins)

11 1890 US Census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 684, page 1 (image 2207 on Ancestry) (Wm Collins)

12 Pennsylvania Memorial, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (William Collins)

13 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company G (William Collins)

14 pension index, by name (William Collins)

15 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (William Collins)

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William Collins in the 91st PA database

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US Census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 684, page 1 (image 2207 on Ancestry)]
[line] 6
[house] 24
[family] 45
[name] Wm Collins
[rank] Private
[company] G
[unit] 91 Pa Inf
[enlistment date] 19 Aug 1862
[discharge date] 30 May 1865
[length of service] 2 years, 4 months, 19 days
[post office address] 1727 Norwood
[disability incurred] [blank]
[remarks] [blank]

1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory

[I could not identify him on the transcription on Ancestry, March 2005]

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 22 Mar 2014, from Fold3]


Collins William
Co. G, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

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