91st PA: Andrew Steinmetz

Andrew Steinmetz

Before the war

He was born in 1838/39 (8 (22 in 1861)). He was born in Salem, New Jersey (8).


When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 8 inches tall, and had a dark complexion, hazel eyes, and dark hair (8).

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 19 September 1861 (1, 7, 8). He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (8). He was mustered in as fifth sergeant in company H (1, 7, 12 (pvt)). He had gun number 1 (8).

He was promoted to fourth sergeant on 20 May 1862, by regimental order (7).

On 8 August 1862, he was one of two Sergeants of the Guard at the slave pen in Alexandria, on the day E Carroll Brewster was arrested for being drunk on duty (9).

He was captured, probably during the Battle of Chancellorsville (4). On 18 May 1863, he was reported regained from missing in action, having returned to the regiment as a paroled prisoner (4).

On 8 September 1863, he was in Washington, DC--perhaps in Haremont Hospital (2).

On 6 October 1863, he returned from hospital (5).

He reenlisted as a veteran volunteer (1).

On 3 July 1864, he and four other men in company H asked their captain, James Closson, to be transferred to a newly forming battalion of sharpshooters (3). Closson passed their request on to the regimental adjutant (3), but none were transferred.

On 20 September 1864, he was sent to the division hospital (10).

He died on 18 October 1864, of chronic diarrhea, in Carver Hospital, Washington DC (1, 6, 8, 11). He was in company H (12 (pvt)).


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 letter, 8 Sep 1863, Sinex to Marvin

3 letters, Fraley et al. to Closson, and Closson to Tayman, 3 and 4 July 1864

4 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 18 May 1863 (Private Steinmetz)

5 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 6 October 1863 (Pri Steinetz)

6 company H, register of deaths (Andrew Steinmetz)

7 company H, list of non-commissioned officers (Andrew Steinmetz [2 entries])

8 company H, descriptive roll, #12 (Andrew Steinmetz)

9 court-martial record, E Carroll Brewster (Sergt Steinbetz [sic])

10 consolidated morning report, 20 September 1864 (Adam [sic] Steinmetz)

11 consolidated morning report, 25 October 1864 (Privt Steinmetz)

12 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Andrew Steinmetz)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

pension index, by name
Ancestry index (accessed Apr 07)

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 18 April 2015, from Fold3]

Steinmetz, Andrew
Co. H, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
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