91st PA: William Robinson

William Robinson

Before the war

He was born in 1840/41, in Albany, New York. [source: 2]

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


When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 9-1/2 inches tall, and had a fair complexion, blue eyes, and brown hair. [source: 2]

During the war

On 19 September 1862, he enlisted as a volunteer, and as a private, in the 91st, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. J K Mason was the examining surgeon, and J A Gregory enlisted him. He had been vaccinated against smallpox. W H H Hopkins witnessed his declaration. [sources: 1, 2]

He is listed on a muster and descriptive roll of detachment of US volunteers forwarded for the 91st, dated 22 September 1862, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. But he is not listed on any of the 91st's company muster rolls.


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

2 compiled service record, 91st PA (William Robinson)

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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William Robinson 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 15 March 2015, from Fold3]

Robinson, William
Co. -, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | [blank]
See also [blank]


compiled service record

[compiled service record, 91st PA, William Robinson]
[transcribed 15 August 2015, from six images obtained from the National Archives]

[image 1]

Robinson, William
Co. -, 91 PennsylvaniaInf.
Private | [blank]
1 22037338
[the rest of the card numbers are blank]
Number of personal papers herein 2
Book Mark: [blank]
See also [blank]

[image 2]

Robinson, William
[blank], Co. [blank], 91 Reg't Pa. Inf.
2 Enclosures.
[all the entries are blank except this line:]
Enlistment Papers 1

Other papers relating to--
[all the entries are blank except this line:]
Med. Examination 1

[iamge 3]

STATE OF Pennsylvania TOWN OF Philadelphia

I, William Robinson born in Albany in the State of New York, aged twenty one years, and by occupation a musician DO HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGE to have volunteered this ninteenth [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, William Robinson 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.

William Robinson
Sworn and subscribed to, at Philada
this 19th day of Septemb 1862
BEFORE [illegible]
Capt [illegible] Inf USA

[written vertically in the left margin:] Company "[blank]" 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. Ast. Surgn US.A

I CERTIFY, ON HONOR, That I have minutely inspected the Volunteer, William Robinson 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 Blue eyes, Brown hair, fair complexion, is 5 feet 9 1/2 inches high.

Lt J A Gregory
91st Regiment of Penn Volunteers, RECRUITING OFFICER.

[image 4]


I, William Robinson 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 one years and - 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 Philadephia
The 19th day of September 1862
[illegible signature, presumably 'William Robinson']
Witness: Sergt WHH [?] Hopkins

No. [blank]
William Robinson
Volunteered at Philadelphia
19th September 1862
By Lieut J. A. Gregory
91st Regiment of P.V

[the previous enlistment is blank]

91st Regt PV
[blank?] Comp

[the 'Consent in case of minor' is blank]

[image 5]


RECRUIT William Robinson, age 21, occupation Musician
born in N.Y., presented by Lieut Gregory 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 Appendagges. "
Nose. "
Organs of Mastication and Voice. "
Neck. "
Chest. "
Abdomen. "
Genital and Urinary Organs. "
Vertebral Column "
Superior Extremities. "
Inferior Extremities. "

REMARKS. [blank]

J K Mason Act Asst Surgn USA
Inspecting Surgeon.

Date: Sept 19th 1862
RENDEZVOUS: 19th + Walnut

[image 5]

R | 91 | Pa.
William Robinson
Appears with rank of Pvt on
Muster and Descriptive Roll of Detachment of U.S. Vols. forwarded
for the 91 Reg't Pennsylvania Inf. Roll dated
Phila. Pa, Sept. 22, 1862.
Where born Albany, N.Y.
Age 21 years; occupation musician
When enlisted Sept. 19, 1862.
Where enlisted Phila. Pa
For what period enlisted 3 years.
Eyes blue; hair brown
Complexion fair; height 5 ft. 9 1/2 in.
When mustered in [blank]
Where mustered in [blank]
Bounty paid $[blank]; due $[blank]
Where credited [blank]
Company to which assigned [blank]
Remarks: [blank]
Name not taken up on Co. Muster Rolls of regt.
Book mark: [blank]
Fethers Copyist.

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