91st PA: John H Denning

John H Denning

Before the war

He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (7). He was born in 1840/41 (7 (21 in 1862)).

When he enlisted, he was a stove m[aker?] (7).


When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 8 inches tall, and had a light complexion, hazel eyes, and brown hair (7).

During the war

He also served in the Navy (9).

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 9 August 1862 (1, 7). He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Lieutenant Closson (7). He was a private, in company F (1, 10).

He fought at the Battle of Gettysburg (8).

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 (4). On 2 January 1864, he was transferred to the 155th Pennsylvania Infantry, while those eligible were on veterans' leave (5).

On 17 February 1865, he was promoted to corporal, effective 1 January 1865 (1, 3).

On 27 April 1865, he was promoted to sergeant, effective 1 April 1865 (1, 4).

He was discharged near Washington DC by general order on 1 June 1865 (1, 6). He was a private, in company F (10).

After the war

On 14 April 1891, his mother applied unsuccessfully for a pension (9).

Note on identification

Perhaps he is the John Henry Denning who died on 16 February 1872.

death notice, Public Ledger Saturday 17 February 1872, page 2 (transcribed from GenealogyBank)
DERR--On the 14th inst., JOHN HENRY DENNING, son of Laura and the late Robt. Denning, in the 26th [?] year of his age.
The relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the funeral from the residence of his Aunt [illegible] No 1717 Uber street, above Nineteenh, on Sunday afternoon, at 3 o'clock.
Philadelphia death register, available on FamilySearch
[John H Denning, white male 26 years old single died 15 [?] Feby, of disease of heart, occupation hatter [sic], born Philadelphia, died 922 Gilbert, buried 18th Machpelah FamilySearch


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, 30 December 1863

3 special order 9, HQ 91st PA, 17 February 1865

4 special order 25, HQ 91st PA, 27 April 1865 (John Denning)

5 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 2 January 1864 (Denning)

6 company F, register of men discharged (John Denning)

7 company F, descriptive roll, #104 (John H Denning)

8 Pennsylvania Memorial, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (John H Denning)

9 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company F (John H Denning)

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

Sources checked unsuccessfully

pension index, by name
Ancestry index (searched December 2006)
read through all J Denning entries and through the "retakes" at the beginning of the file, without finding him; also looked at 'Dennig' and 'Dennin' (accessed 28 December 2013)
searched for '15823' in all titles, including Navy survivor's certificates (28 Dec 13)


John H Denning 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 26 Mar 2014, from Fold3]

Denning John H
Co. F, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Sgt
See also 155 Pa Inf


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