91st PA: Charles O'Connell

Charles O'Connell

Before the war

He was born in September 1844 (13; 9 (18 in 1861), 10 (18 in 1861), 11 (21 in 1863), 13 [55 in 1900]). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (9, 11, 13).

When he enlisted, he was a laborer, and was living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (9, 10, 11).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 4 1/4 [?] inches tall, and had a light complexion, blue eyes, and light hair (9 [5'4-1/4 [?]"], 10 [5'5"], 11 [5'4-1/2"]).

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 18 September 1861 (1, 9, 10). He was enlisted for three years, by Captain Sinex (9, 10). He was mustered in service as a private, in company D, by Captain Smith (1, 9, 10, 16, 17 (corp)).

He was promoted to corporal effective 26 December 1863 (7, 11), apparently when Henry Sheaf was promoted, on 22 August 1862 (8).

He fought at the Battle of Gettysburg (14). He was then a corporal (14).

He reenlisted as a veteran volunteer, on 26 December 1863 (1, 10, 11). He was reenlisted for three years, at Bealton Virginia, by Lieutenant Swan (11).

On 7 November 1864, he was reduced to the ranks from corporal (2). This demotion was revoked on 25 November 1864 (3).

On 4 March 1865, he was reduced to the ranks because he had been drunk (4, 7, 11).

On 27 April 1865, he was promoted to corporal, effective 1 April 1865 (5, 7, 11 [reinstated]).

On 27 May 1865, he was reduced to the ranks for being absent without leave (6).

He seems to have been reported as returning from desertion, on 6 July 1865.

He mustered out on 10 July 1865 with his company (1, 10).

After the war

He is listed in the Great Register of Kern County in 1890 and 1894 as a laborer (12).

In 1900, he was living on 2 Street, Bakersfield, Kern County, California (13). He was a day laborer (13). He was a lodger, living with Edward Murray (13).

He died on 6 July 1903 (12). He is buried in the Union Cemetery, in Bakersfield, Kern County, California (12, 16).

Sources

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 special order 106, HQ 91st PA, 7 November 1864 (Charles O'Connell)

3 special order 112, HQ 91st PA, 25 November 1864

4 special order 12, HQ 91st PA, 4 March 1865

5 special order 25, HQ 91st PA, 27 April 1865 (Charles O Connell)

6 special order 29, HQ 91st PA, 27 May 1865 (Charles O Connell)

7 company D, list of non-commissioned officers (Chas O. Connell [in "reorganization" list])

8 company D, list of non-commissioned officers (Charles OConnell)

9 company D, descriptive roll, corporals, entry 5 (Charles OConnell)

10 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 30 July 2004 (Charles O'Connell)

11 company D, second descriptive roll, entry 5 (Chas O Connell)

12 e-mail, Shawnra Lynn, August 2004

13 1900 US census, California, Kern County, Bakersfield City, 3rd ward, supervisor's district 5, enumeration district 28, microfilm series T623, film 87, page 198 B = 23 handwritten (Charles O'Connell)

14 Pennsylvania Memorial, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (Charles O'Connell)

15 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 6 July 1865 (Connell)

16 Find a grave, memorial 15550410, added by Randy, 29 August 2006, accessed 14 December 2011 (with photo of tombstone, with inscription: "CORPL. CHAS. O'CONNELL CO. D. 91 Pa. Inf") (Charles O'Connell)

17 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Charles O'Connell)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

pension index, by name
Ancestry index (accessed Dec 06)
1890 US census, veterans schedules
Ancestry index (accessed 15 Dec 10)

1900 census

[1900 US census, California, Kern County, Bakersfield City, 3rd ward, supervisor's district 5, enumeration district 28, microfilm series T623, film 87, page 198 B = 23 handwritten]
line707172
street2 Street
house numberNo number  
dwelling number523  
family number526  
nameMurray EdwardCarney Thomas PO'Connell Charles
relationshipHeadLodgerLodger
colorWWW
sexMMM
birth dateAug 1844Mar 1845Sep 1844
age55 [?]5555
married?SMS
# years married 26 
mother of how many children?   
# of children living   
birthplaceIreland [?]Ohio [?]Pennsylvania
father's birthplaceIrelandOhio [?]Ireland
mother's birthplaceIrelandIrelandIreland
immigration year1873  
# years in USA[illegible]  
naturalized citizen?Na  
occupationDay LaborerCarpenterDay Laborer
# months not employed0128
# months in school   
can readyesyesyes
can writeyesyesyes
speaks Englishyesyesyes
owned/rentedO  
free or mortgagedF  
farm/houseH  
# of farm schedule   

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 15 February 2015, from Fold3]


O'Connell Charles
Co. D, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Corp | Pvt
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