He as born in 1841/42 (6 [22 in 1863], 27 (19 in 1861), 31 [34 in 1877]). He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio (6, 27 [Philadelphia, PA], 31).
When he enlisted, he was a milliner [?], and was living in Philadelphia (6 (milliner [?]), 27 (clerk)).
When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 5-1/4 inches tall, had a dark complexion, dark eyes, and dark hair (6, 27 [black hair]).
He enlisted and was mustered into service in company E on 20 August 1861, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1, 27). He was mustered into service by Lieutenant Swann (6). He was appointed corporal on 10 September 1861 (5, 38 (mustered in as corp)).
On the September/October 1862 company muster roll, dated 21 October 1862, he was reported 'Corporal present for duty' (37).
He was reduced to the ranks for disobedience of orders (6).
He fought, as a sergeant, at the battle of Gettysburg (15).
He re-enlisted as a veteran volunteer, on 24 December 1863, at Bealton, Virginia (1, 6, 27 [26 Dec 63]).
On 8 August 1864, Sellers asked that he be discharged to allow him to accept a commission as second lieutenant (16). He was promoted from 5th sergeant to second lieutenant effective 9 August 1864 (3, 6, 27, 37). On 14 August 1864 he was ordered discharged effective 8 August 1864 to allow him to accept the commission (10, 29). The regiment received this order on 15 August 1864 (10).
On 28 September 1864, he was ordered to take command of company C and to receipt to Edward Maguigan for all property (11). On the same day, he was ordered to turn over surplus ordnance and ordnance stores in company C to John Casner (19).
On 5 November 1864, he was removed from command of company C, and assigned to command company A (12).
On 11 November 1864, he was appointed a member of a board of survey to determine for how much government property in companies D, B, and K respectively, John Edgar, George Finney, and John Allen were responsible (20).
On 20 March 1865, he was acting adjutant, and swore Adam Wispart to an affirmation (33).
On 1 May 1865, William Letourneau was assigned to command company A, and ordered to give Graham a receipt for all property (21). He was apparently assigned to command another company, but the copy of the order in the orders book stops after "will assume Command" (21).
He mustered out on 10 July 1865 with his company (1, 27, 37). He was first lieutenant, of company E (38).
On 7 February 1869, he testified supporting the pension application of Sarah Williams, widow of James Williams (37).
On 29 September 1877, he died, of haemorrhage of lungs, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (31). He was a letter carrier (31). He was married (31). He died at, or was buried from, the corner of 9th and Cross Streets, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (31). On 2 October 1877, he was buried at Union Cemetery, 6th and Washington Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (31).
He was buried at Mt Moriah Cemetery (8). A headstone was supplied by Gross Brothers, Lee, Massachusetts (8).
On 28 May 1879, his minor dependent, William Graham, successfully applied for a pension (28, 30).
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)
4 pension file, Ambrose Baker's widow Mary Ann Baker, certificate 46808
5 list of non-commissioned officers, company E
6 descriptive roll, company E
8 Mt Moriah Cemetery interment records (searched 8 November 2000)
9 special order 55, headquarters, 91st Pennsylvania Infantry, 30 June 1864
11 special order 89, headquarters, 91st Pennsylvania Infantry, 28 September 1864
12 special order 103, headquarters 91st Pennsylvania Infantry, 5 November 1864
13 special order 119, headquarters, 5th corps, 31 May 1865
14 special order [blank], headquarters, 91st Pennsylvania Infantry, 31 March 1865
15 Pennsylvania Memorial, 91st Pennsylvania plaque, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (John L Graham)
16 letter, Sellers to McFarland, 8 August 1864
17 letter, Sellers to Bennett, 15 September 1864
18 letter, Sellers to Farnsworth, 27 April 1865
19 special order [unnumbered], HQ 91st PA, 28 September 1864
20 special order 107, HQ 91st PA, 7 November 1864
21 special order 26, HQ 91st PA, 1 May 1865
22 regimental descriptive book (John L Graham)
23 undated officers' furlough list, in regimental letter, order, guard, and furlough book (John L Graham)
24 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 29 March 1863 (not named; inferred)
25 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 3 April 1863 (John L Graham)
26 [undated and untitled chart with officers' names] (two references: John L Graham, and Lt Graham)
27 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 6 May 2004 (John L Graham)
28 pension index, by name (John L Graham)
29 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 17 August 1864 (John L Graham)
30 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company E (John L Graham)
31 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 29 September 1877 (John L Graham)
32 widow's pension certificate file, NARA, certificate 52,669, Sarah widow of John Monteath (John L Graham)
33 abstract of widow's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, RG 15, WC 52233, Joanna Chew Thompson widow of James L Thompson (John L Graham)
34 dependent's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, certificate WC 44,752 Julia Mellor mother of Charles A Mellor (John L Graham)
35 widow's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, certificate WC 41,625, Isabella Oneill widow of William Wolf (John L Graham)
36 widow's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, certificate number WC 111,870, Barbara Beveridge widow of Edward Shinkel (John L Graham)
37 widow's pension certificate file, certificate WC 129,558, Sarah Ann Quinn widow of James Williams, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15 (John L Graham)
38 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (John L Graham)