He was born in 1841/42 (7 (19 in 1861), 15 (66 in 1910)). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (7).
When he enlisted, he was a cigar [maker] (7).
When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 8 inches tall, and had a fair complexion, hazel eyes, and brown hair (7). He had a scar on his underlip (7).
He enlisted and mustered into service on 20 August 1861 (1, 7, 8, 9, 11). He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Colonel Reiff (7, 8 [Lt Col]). He was a private, in company C (1, 16).
On 7 May 1863, he may have been reported missing in action (3 [see my note below; this may not be the right Simpson], 12 [missing], 13 [missing]). If so, he had been captured, and was reported in Camp Parole, Maryland, on 21 May 1863 (3).
He was promoted to corporal (probably after March 1864) (3).
He mustered out near Petersburg, Virginia, on 20 September 1864, when his term expired (1, 3 [transferred to Veterans' reserve corps], 6, 7, 8, 9 [20 Aug], 11). He was a corporal, in company C (1, 16).
According to the pension index cards, he also served as a corporal in company G, 9th Veterans' Reserve Corps, and in 122nd company, 2nd battalion, Veterans' Reserve Corp (10, 11, 14 [mentioned only G 9th VRC]).
On 16 June 1865, he applied successfully for a pension (10, 11).
In 1890, he was living at 510 Spruce Street, Camden, Camden County, New Jersey (9). He had a gunshot wound to his right arm, but was able to work and was not seriously disabled (9).
On 26 March 1907, he again applied for a pension, under the Act of 6 February 1907 (11, 14). His pension certificate was reissued, and he received $12 per month, effective 26 March 1907 (14). The pension certificate was dated 24 August 1907 (14).
On 4 August 1910, he died, at Penns Grove, [Salem County,] New Jersey (14, 15). On 8 August, he was buried at the Emanuel Cemetery, Penns Grove, [Salem County,] New Jersey (15). Invited to the funeral were members of the Lenni Lenape Tribe, No 2, of the Improved Order of Red Men, and the Providence Lodge, No 4, of the Ancient Order of United Workmen, and the Union Veteran Legion (all of Camden, New Jersey (15).
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) (William H Simpson)
2 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 7 May 1863
[This may be Samuel Simpson. According to Bates, Samuel Simpson was wounded at Chancellorsville, but was a private when he mustered out; the only Corporal Simpson (C) Bates lists is William H Simpson.]
3 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 21 May 1863 (Corpl Simpson; see my note on #2 above)
4 consolidated morning report 91st PA, 9 June 1863 (Pri [?] Simpson)
5 company C, List of non-commissioned officers, page 2, corporals (Wm H Simpson)
6 company C, register of men discharged, number 29 (Wm H Simpson)
7 company C, descriptive roll, entry 65 (William H Simpson)
8 company C, untitled list, probably of status at muster out, entry 13 (Wm H Simpson)
9 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, New Jersey, Camden County, Camden, supervisor's district 3, enumeration district 174, page 1 (William H Simpson)
10 pension index, by name (William H Simpson)
11 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company C (William H Simpson)
12 'The ninety-first Pennsylvania volunteers', Philadelphia Press, Wednesday 13 May 1863, page 2 (Wm H Simpson)
13 'The Ninety-first Pennsylvania at Chancellorville', Philadelphia Inquirer 13 May 1863, page 8 (William H Simpson)
15 death notice, Philadelphia inquirer, Saturday 6 August 1910, page 5 (William H Simpson)
16 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (William H Simpson)
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SIMPSON.--At Pennsgrove, N J. August 4, 1910. WILLIAM H SIMPSON, aged 66 years. Relatives and friends, also Lenni Lenape Tribe, No 2, I O R M, and Providence Lodge, No 4, A O U W, and the Union Veteran Legion, all of Camden N J, are invited to attend funeral, from his late residence, on Monday, August 8 at 10 30 o'clock. Services at the Emanuel Church at 11 o'clock. Interment Emanuel Cemetery, Pennsgrove, NJ.