He was born in 1843/44 (2 (18 in 1862)). He was born in Ireland (7).
He was living in Cambria County, Pennsylvania, in the 1850's (7).
When he enlisted, he was a baker (2).
When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 6 inches tall, had a light complexion, blue eyes, and light hair (2).
He enlisted and was mustered into service for three years on 7 January 1862, at Philadelphia Pennsylvania (1, 2, 11). He was enlisted and mustered in by Lieutenant Hall (2). He was a private, in company E (12).
On 30 December 1863, Sinex reported that he was one of 38 men who had less than fifteen months to serve who were unwilling to reenlist (5). On 2 January 1864, he was transferred to the 155th Pennsylvania Infantry, while those eligible were on veterans' leave (9).
In September (?) 1864, he was still detailed as an ambulance driver, and had been since 12 September 1863, when he was detailed by General Garrard (8).
After the war, he lived in Western Pennsylvania, mostly in Camden, Coal Valley, and Duquesne, which were all then in Mifflin Township, Pennsylvania (7). He was a businessman (7).
He belonged to Col. Sam Black Post #59, Grand Army of the Republic, in McKeesport, Pennsylvania (7). His first wife died, and he remarried (7).
On 27 January 1886, he successfully applied for a pension (11).
He again applied for a pension on 20 February 1907 (11).
He died in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, on 16 August 1917, at the age of 76, several months after settling there (7, 11). He is buried in Allegheny Cemetery, in the Lawrenceville area of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, along with with members of his first and second families (7).
Contact Irene at [email protected], who is researching him.
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 company E descriptive roll, entry 102 (William Dorsey) [has his birthplace as Cambria County PA]
3 company E, register of men discharged, number 34 (William Dorsey)
4 special order 78, headquarters, 91st Pennsylvania Infantry, 12 September 1863
5 letter, Sinex to Marvin, 30 December 1863
6 letter, Sinex to Marvin, 15 April 1864
7 e-mail messages, Irene, 16 September 2001 and 17 October 2001 [birthplace Ireland; lived in Cambria County]
8 [list of detailed men, probably from Sept 1864] (William Dorsey)
9 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 2 January 1864 (Dorsey)
10 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 8 January 1865 (Privt Dorsey)
11 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company E (William Dorsey)
12 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (William Dorsey)