91st PA: John Horton

John Horton

Before the war

He was born in 1844/45, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [sources: date: 2 (27 in 1862). place: 2]

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


When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 7-1/2 inches tall, and had hazel eyes, dark hair, and a dark complexion. [source: 2]

During the war

On 11 September 1862, he enlisted, as a private in company D of the 91st Pennsylvania. He was enlisted by J A Gregory. Gregory and Robert H Sinex (D) witnessed his enlistment. J K Mason was the surgeon who examined him. He was paid a bounty of $25, and a premium of $4. [sources: 1, 2 (also mentioned co.C)]

He is listed on a Muster and descriptive roll of a detachment of US Vols forwarded for the 91st, dated 15 September 1862, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. But he is not listed on any of the 91st's company muster rolls. [source: 2]


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

2 compiled service record, D 91st PA (John Horton)

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.
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pension index, by unit
Fold3 index (accessed 16 May 15)
pension index, by name
Ancestry index (accessed 16 May 15)


John Horton 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 14 June 2014, from Fold3]

Horton, John
Co. -, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt.
See also [blank]


compiled service record

[compiled service record, D 91st PA, John Horton]
[transcribed six images, 16 May 2015, obtained from National Archives and Records Administration]

[image 1]

Horton John
Co. -, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Private | Private
[all numbers are blank except the following:]
1 22037312

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

[image 2]

STATE OF Pennsylvania TOWN OF Philadelphia

I, John Horton, born in Philadelphia in the State of Pennsylvania aged twenty seven years, and by occupation a Clerk DO HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGE to have volunteered this Elevent [sic] day of September 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, John Horton 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.

John Horton
Sworn and subscribed to, at Philada
this 11th day of September 1862
BEFORE [illegible] M Barber [?]
Capt 16 NY [??] USA

[written vertically in the left margin:] Co. D 91st Regt P.V.

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.

J K Mason Act. Asst Surgeon U.S.A.

I CERTIFY, ON HONOR, That I have minutely inspected the Volunteer, John Horton, 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 Hazel eyes, dark hair, dark complexion, is 5 feet 7 1/2 inches high.

Lt. J. A. Gregory
91st Regiment of Penna Volunteers,

[image 3]


I, John Horton 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 seven years and ten [??] 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.

GIVEN at Philada
The [blank] day of September 1862

John Horton
Witness: Lt J. A. Gregory
Sergt. Robert H. Sinex

No. [blank]
John Horton
Volunteered at Philadelphia
September 11 1862
By Lt. J. A. Gregory
91st Regiment of Pa. Vols

[blank] enlistment; last served in Company [blank]
[blank] Reg't of [blank]
Discharged [blank]

91st Regt P.V. Comp D [sic]


[image 4]

RECRUIT John Horton, age 27, occupation clerk
born in Phila, presented by Capt Sinex [sic] 91st PV

1 Have you ever been sick? No
When, and of what diseases? No
2 Have you any disease now, and what? No
3 Have you ever had fits? No
4 Have you ever received an injury or wound upon the head? No
5 Have you ever had a fracture, a dislocation or a sprain? No
6 Are you in the habit of drinking? No Or have you ever had the "horrors"? No
7 Are you subject to the piles? No
8 Have you any difficulty in urinating? No
9 Have you been vaccinated, or had the small pox? Vaccinated

Head Good
Ears "
Face "
Eyes and Appendages. "
Nose. "
Organs of Mastication and Voice. "
Neck. "
Chest. "
Abdomen. "
Genital and Urinary Organs. "
Vertebral Column. "
Superior Extremities. "
Inferior Extremities. "


DATE: Sept 11, 1862.
RENDEZVOUS. 9th + Walnut St.
J K Mason Act. Asst. Surge USA Inspecting Surgeon.

[image 5]

Horton, John
P, Co. D [sic], 91 Reg't Pa. Inf.
2 Enclosures.
[all blank, except the following line:]
Enlistment Papers 1

Other papers relating to--
[all blank, except the following line:]
Misc. Information 1

[image 6]

H | 91 | Pa.
John Horton
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. 15, 1862.
Where born Phila. Pa.
Age 27 years; occupation clerk
When enlisted Sept. 11, 1862.
Where enlisted Phila.
For what period enlisted 3 years.
Eyes hazel; hair dark
Complexion dark; height 5 ft. 7 1/2 in.
When mustered in [blank]
Where mustered in [blank]
Bounty paid $25 [blank]/100; due $[blank]
Where credited [blank]
Company to which assigned C [sic]
Remarks: $4 premium paid

Not on Co rolls of Regt.

Book Mark: [blank]
Fethers Copyist.

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