He was born in 1826/27 (3 (36 in 1863)). He was born in Ireland (7).
He was drafted (1, 2, 3). He was mustered into service as a private in the 118th Pennsylvania Infantry on 9 September 1863 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7). He was in company A of the 118th Pennsylvania (2, 5, 6, 7).
When he was a new recruit, on picket duty for the first time, instead of appropriately responding to officers who approached his post, he went towards them with his right hand extended. When asked why he hadn't followed his instructions, he replied "I would, sure, only I know'd the other fellow". The officers laughed. According to the regimental history, he became "a good soldier" afterwards (7).
On 2 June 1865, he was transferred from the 118th Pennsylvania to company F of the 91st Pennsylvania (1, 2, 3 [1 June], 7 [1 June]). He was a private in company F of the 91st Pennsylvania (1, 6, 7, 8).
On 28 January 1886, he applied successfully for a pension (4, 5).
He was buried in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Glenside, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania (6).
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) (Lawrence Mullen)
2 Bates, Samuel Penniman. History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5. Harrisburg: B. Singerly, state printer, 1869-71. 5 volumes. 'One hundred and eighteenth regiment'. Page 1318. (In the roster) (Lawrence Mullin)
3 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 19 January 2005 (Lawrence Mullen [rolls have 'Millen'])
4 pension index, by name (Lawrence Mullen)
5 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company F (Lawrence Mullen)
6 Pennsylvania veterans burial records, available on Ancestry (transcribed 1 March 2011) (Lawrence Mullen)
7 History of the 118th Pennsylvania Corn Exchange Regiment from their first engagement at Antietam to Appomattox .... By the Survivors' Association 118th (Corn Exchange) Regt., P.V. Philadelphia, PA: J. L. Smith, 1905. Pages 389 and 686 (Larry Mullen)
8 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Lawrence Mullen)
Larry Mullen, of Company A, was a new recruit, a great raw-boned Irishman, afterwards a good soldier, but at first green as his native isle. Picket duty soon feel to Larry's lot. Captain Walters was the officer in command of the line, and Larry stood upon the outpost in all his primitive, ungainly awkwardness. Captain Walters, accompanied by Larry's lieutenant, visiting the outposts about dark, approaching Larry's post, slackened his pace, waiting for Larry to satisfy himself, according to instructions, that they were entitled to be where they were.
But Larry had no such intention. Throwing his piece to his left shoulder, he advanced with his right hand extended towards his own officer, in friendly recognition of his presence. Upbraided by Walters and reminded of his instructions, and asked why he had not followed them, he replied innocently, in his broadest tongue, "I would, sure, only I know'd the other fellow." Walter's gravity yielded for the moment, and both officers gave way to the merriment the situation naturally produced.
|Mullin, Lawrence||" [sc. Private]||Sep. 9, '63||" [sc. 3]||Drafted. Transferred to Co. F, 91st Regt. P.V., June 1, 1865.|