91st PA: John Williams

John Williams

Before the war

He was born in Wales (4, 5, 6 [PA], 7 [PA], 9 [PA], 10 [PA]). He was born in 1833/34 (4 (27 in 1861), 5 (29 in 1863), 6 (56 in ?1874), 7 (60 in ?1879), 9 (50 in 1880!?), 10 (64 in ?1879)).

When he enlisted, he was a bricklayer (4, 5).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 6 inches tall, and had a dark complexion, hazel eyes, and dark hair (4, 5).

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 6 or 7 November 1861 (1, 4 [6 Nov], 12). He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia Pennsylvania, by Captain Sinex (4). He was a private in company F (1, 13).

He fought at the Battle of Gettysburg (8).

On 8 September 1863, he was in Washington, DC--perhaps in Haremont Hospital (2). Sinex then asked that he be returned to the regiment (2).

On 12 December 1863, he returned to duty from hospital (3).

He reenlisted as a veteran volunteer on 24 December 1863 (1, 5). He was enlisted for three years, at Bealton, Virginia, by Lieutenant W H Carpenter (5).

He was wounded on 23 May 1864 (1, 11).

He mustered out on 10 July 1865 with his company (1, 12). He had served for forty-eight months (6, 7 [45 months], 10 [44 months]). He was a private, in company F (13).

After the war

On 21 October 1868, he successfully applied for a pension (12).

On 27 November 1874, he was admitted to the National Soldiers Home (6). He was wounded in his legs, but was not receiving a pension (6).

On 11 November 1879, he was admitted from Pennsylvania to the National Soldiers Home (7, 10). He had a gunshot wound in his legs, and received a pension of $6 per month (6, 10).

In 1880, he was living at the Southern Branch of the National Soldiers Home (8). He was a bricklayer (8). He was single (8).

In 1882, he was present in the Southern Branch of the National Soldiers Home (6).

In 1887, he was present in the Eastern Branch of the National Soldiers Home (7).

On 30 June 1888, he died, in the Eastern Branch of the National Soldiers Home (10).

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 letter, Sinex to Marvin, 8 September 1863

3 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 12 December 1863 (Pri Williams)

4 company F, descriptive roll, #74 (John Williams)

5 company F, second descriptive roll, #14 (John Williams)

6 Annual report of the Board of Managers of the National Soldiers Home, 30 December 1882 [for the fiscal year ending 30 June 1882]. Serial Set volume 2115, session volume 1, 47th Congress, 2nd Session, House Miscellaneous Document 13, page 378 (John Williams)

7 Letter from the President of the Board of Managers of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, transmitting the report of the Board for the year ending June 30, 1887. Serial Set volume 2565, session volume 1, 50th Congress, 1st Session, House Miscellaneous Document 86, page 221 (John Williams)

8 Pennsylvania Memorial, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (John Williams)

9 1880 US census, Virginia, Elizabeth City County, Hampton, National Home for Disabled Vol. Soldiers, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 13, microfilm series T9, film 1363, page 26 = 52 handwritten (John Wiliams)

10 Letter from the President of the Board of Managers of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, transmitting the report of the Board for the fiscal year 1889. Serial Set volume 2768, session volume 9, 51st Congress, 1st Session. House Miscellaneous Document 77. Page 312. (John Williams)

11 'The Ninety-first Pennsylvania volunteers', Philadelphia Inquirer 8 June 1864 page 3 (John Williams)

12 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company F (John Williams)

13 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (John Williams)

1880 census

[1880 US census, Virginia, Elizabeth City County, Hampton, National Home for Disabled Vol. Soldiers, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 13, microfilm series T9, film 1363, page 26 = 52 handwritten]
[Note: He is not the only John Williams there, but he is the most plausible one.]
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index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 6 May 2015, from Fold3]


Williams John
Co. F, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | Pvt.
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GENERAL INDEX CARD.

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