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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.


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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#510 On 3 May 1863, Andrew Brown was wounded in action. In a letter dated 31 May 1863, written at the Fifth Corps Hospital, he mentions having 'poor attendance and very little to eat except what we have to buy'. They were fed pork potatoes and sour bread; two men had visited him the day he wrote, bringin him jellies and other delicacies. He was hoping for a furlough (and someone from the Sanitary Commission had promised to try getting him one), but hadn't received it yet. But he apparently did receive it; on the May-June 1863 muster roll, he was reported a paroled prisoner, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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.

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