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The 91st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry



Dedicated to the memory of Carol Ide (1958-2012)


Origins The 91st was formed from volunteers in Philadelphia, and most of its men were born in Pennsylvania.

Endings Almost 10% of the regiment died in service. 654 men mustered out with the regiment at the end; 128 of them were original members.

Washington The 91st guarded several famous Confederate female spies, and also shot a prisoner who was a boyhood friend of John Wilkes Booth.

Life Most of the regiment's time was taken up, not with battles, but with training and other duties.

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After the war Colonel (Brevet Major General) Gregory was the only Assistant Commissioner of the post-war Freedman's Bureau who could be called an abolitionist.
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#511 In his memoirs, the father-in-law of Jesse Wharton describes him as irresponsible, inconsiderate (e.g. never writing to his wife), unable to resist temptation, and uninterested in and incapable of reflection, even when sober. Perhaps his being unreflective helps explain his unwillingness to obey the prison rules, and his daring the guard to shoot him (after the guard had been ordered to shoot him if he again broke the rules).

Battles and casualties Because of poor generalship, the 91st had no spectacular successes on the battlefield. But they paid a heavy price: 114 of them were killed or mortally wounded in battle.

After the war Many men received pensions, and joined veterans' associations. The last death I known of occurred in 1940.



Harry Ide is developing this web page. E-mail me at hide1@unl.edu with corrections, suggestions, or information!

Also contact Cyrus at SgtPen91st@aol.com, who is writing a book about the 91st PA.


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