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Deserters


miscellaneous

William Pritchett is an interesting case. After enlisting, he never reported. His parents attempted to convince lt Closson that he couldn't serve because of eye problems. They later offered someone as a substitute, whom capt Sellers accepted, without authority. He was later arrested as a deserter. I don't know what happened after that. [see letter, Gregory to Thomas, 21 November 1863]

The 91st caught a deserter on Clinton Street in the 13th ward of Philadelphia on 28 December 1861 [see 'The deserters', Philadelphia Inquirer 30 December 1861, page 8].

William Cooper (K) was apparently charged with desertion. Gregory wrote a letter on 28 June 1864 explaining that wounds he received at Chancellorsville kept him away from the regiment for nearly a year, left him in the surgeon's care when he returned, and required him to be returned to the hospital. Gregory claimed Cooper's conduct led him to believe that Cooper's wife's statement is true, and he supported her petition to have the charge of desertion removed. [letter, Gregory to Breck, 28 June 1864]

The 91st received a letter on 13 Aug 63 about someone supposed to be a deserter.

In Sellers' report of 16 Sep 64, 2 men had been gained from desertion.

At least some people were transfered into the regiment as deserters [letter, Sellers, 18 October 1864].

5 privates were declared deserters on 27 Feb 1863: Brown (C) (either Andrew Brown or Conrad Brown), Charles Coe (C) (deserted 31 Jan 63), Thomas Ryan (D), Michael Gallagher (D) (returned 8 Mar 63), and Stewart (D) (either George Stewart or Robert Stewart). One deserter in co.E returned on 14 Sep 64.

Henry Muckafuse (A) was transferred to the 108th PA (11th PA Cavalry), having deserted from the cavalry.

number of deserters

Bates' roster lists 265 men as deserters; these include only those whose final status was "deserter". Also, not all men whose final status was "deserter" are listed as deserters in Bates; some, for example, are listed as not on the muster-out roll.

The company E list of deserters lists 27 deserters. Seven (7) of them were apprehended; four (4) returned under the president's proclamation; and three (3) returned (without any further explanation). The other thirteen (13) apparently did not return.

If this is representative, we should expect to find another 250 or more deserters in the regiment, who returned (voluntarily or after having been captured).

penalty for desertion

Soldiers who returned under the presidential proclamation lost all pay for the time of their absence, were reduced to private if they were non-commissioned officers, and had their term extended to cover the time they had been absent. [Note: the proclamation says the loss of pay should be the only penalty. Why were they demoted?]

Some other soldiers were court-martialed, and some not.

List of known desertions

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an unnamed private was regained from desertion on 23 Feb 63; held at Fort Delaware 23 Jan 63
Abbott, Peter (K)
sentenced by court martial to lose pay, make good lost time, and be dishonorably discharged for desertion
Adams, William (D)
deserted at Alexandria VA. regained and under arrest 3 Nov 63
reported a deserter on 31 July 1864, because he hadn't returned from a 30-day furlough from Harwood General Hospital, Washington DC
Adams, David (F)
19 Jun 65
Alcorn, George (F)
11 June 1862, from Alexandria VA
Aldridge, William (H)
1 Apr 65
Alhister, Peter (H)
returned from desertion 8 Mar 63
deserted 11 Jul 63
Allison, Joseph (E)
deserted in Alexandria 7 Aug 1862
Anderson, John (H)
never reported after enlisted on 28 Mar 65; dropped as deserter 25 Jun 65
Armstrong, William (I)
11 Dec 61
Auman, Reuben (G)
19 Aug 64 from Mower USA General Hospital Philadelphia PA
Austin, Charles (D)
deserted 4 Nov 61. deserted 16 Mar 64, Philadelphia PA.
Baird, Charles (I)
30 Jan 64, Philadelphia PA
Baker, George (B)
deserted from and transferred back to 19th Mass
Baldwin, Francis (G)
14 Sep 61 from Philadelphia PA
Bales, John (B)
19 Aug 62, at Alexandria VA
Ball, George (A)
16 Jan 64
Banni, James (B)
8 May 1862, Alexandria (enlisted 3 May 62)
Bartells, Henry (C)
21 Jan 62
Bartholomew, John (F)
released from arrest 18 Mar 64, with various deductions from pay, including the reward for catching deserters
deserted 20 Jun 65
Basoli, Antonie (B)
deserted at Camp Chase, PA, 29 Nov 1861
Bayley, Charles (D)
reported returned from desertion, 9 July 65
Bergin, Michael J (E)
deserted May 1863, after Battle of Chancellorsville; joined veterans' reserve corps. He was returned to the regiment in September 1864 (!), tried (by order of the War Dept). found innocent of desertion but guilty of absence without leave, and sentenced to serve 3 months after original term, and lose all pay and allowance for time absent (but this was not to affect his bounty)
Biddle, Isaac (B)
deserted December 1861
Bingham, John (B)
deserted by 31 December 1861
Black, Samuel (H)
deserted 5 Dec 61
Blake, Edwin (K)
1 or 31 May 65, in the field
Blane, John (B)
19 Aug 62
Blazo, Charles (D)
19 Jul 62
Blazo, John (D)
camp near Clouds Mills VA, 20 or 22 Aug 62
Bliss, John (B)
deserted 15 March 1864, from the recruiting rendezvous, at Philadelphia (could not be found when the men were sent to the barracks)
Bloom, Andrew (H)
?
Blum, John (K)
charged with absence with [sic!] leave. He received a furlough on 10 October 1864, to visit his family, because of illness in his family. He didn't return when the furlough expired, and was arrested, and returned to the regiment, on 9 January 1865
Boxberger, John (B)
deserted, by 31 October 1861
Bolin, Jacob (G)
deserted 16 Jun 65 from camp near Washington DC
Bozher, Henry (I)
deserted 27 Apr 64 or 25 Feb 64 at Philadelphia PA
Braceland, Charles (D)
deserted at Alexandria VA
Braceland, Franklin (E)
deserted 18 May 1862. apprehended 7 March 1864. not court martialed; returned to company with loss of pay for time absent, by special order 60, HQ 1st Division 5th Corps (22 April 1864)
deserted a second time 23 June 1864, near Petersburg
Bremen, Henry (I)
24 Mar 1865 (probably)
Broderick, Thomas (H)
never reported after enlisting on 28 Mar 65; dropped as deserter 25 Jun 65
Brosnaham, John (F)
from Camp Chase, 30 or 31 Oct 61
Brown (C) [Brown, Andrew or Conrad Brown]
reported regained from desertion 6 Oct 63
Brown, John (E)
deserted 6 February 1864, at Philadelphia PA
Buck, Jacob (A)
deserted 21 Nov 61. discharged by order of general court martial
Buckley, Henry (I)
enlisted 11 Mar 64; $30 to be deducted from pay for apprehension as deserter. But on 19 Mar 64, Sinex asked that he be released from arrest, because he couldn't get proof Buckley had deserted.
reported deserted on 10 Apr 64
deserted 17 Apr 65
Bunn, Charles (I)
deserted 2 Dec 61, at Philadelphia PA
Burns, James (B)
9 Sep 62, at Camp Whipple, VA
Burton, William (G)
16 Feb 64
Bush, William (I)
30 Dec 61
Buzby, John (G)
25 Jun 65 (didn't return from furlough)
Caffery, James (B)
19 Aug 62
Caldwell, Robert (G)
18 Jun 62 from Philadelphia PA
Callahan, Hugh (E)
deserted 16 Feb 1864, while home on veteran's furlough
Callahan, Patrick (F)
24 Sep 61 at Philadelphia PA
Campbell, James (D)
4 Aug 62
Campbell, Patrick (C)
deserted 8 Oct 62, near Washington DC. returned
Camplain, Lewis (G)
10 Jun 65 from camp near Washington DC
Carberry, James (C)
5 Feb 64
Care, William H (D)
from hospital, 19 Aug 64
Carney, Edward (C)
21 Jan 62
Carpenter, James (B)
dropped as a deserter, 30 June 62
Carroll, John (B)
dropped 1 Jul 64 as a deserter
Carroll, Thomas (D)
deserted at Philadelphia PA
Casey, John (D)
1 July 63
Cavenaugh, William (C)
1 Sep 62
Cavenaugh, William (C)
deserted at Alexandria VA 1 Sep 62 or 31 Sep 62 (possibly the date he was reported deserted)
Chaptman, William (F)
30 Dec 64
Clages, William (C)
deserted at Washington DC on 20 Apr 62 or 1 Jun 62 (which may be the date he was reported deserted)
Clark, James (G)
2 Dec 64 from vidette post in front of Petersburg VA. deserted to enemy
Clark, John (G)
7 Dec 64 while on march to Jarrats Station VA
Clifford, Henry (K)
16 Oct 61
Cline, William (F)
deserted 27 Oct 61
Clonohan, Bernard (118th PA)
He seems to have deserted twice.
By order of General Griffin, he was to forfeit his pay and allowances from 15 February to 26 June 1864, and make good the time he had lost by desertion.
A general court martial sentenced him to forfeit his pay and allowances from 27 August to September 1864, to forfeit $10.00 of his monthly pay for twelve months, to have $14.75 [?] deducted for clothing, and to have $30 deducted for his apprehension.
Clothier, Henry (B)
dropped as deserter 1 Jul 65
Clough, Franklin (A)
deserted on 21 July 1862 from Alexander VA; enlisted illegally in B 129 PA, receiving $50 bounty, and was arrested on 9 Sep 62 at Camp Whipple, near Washington DC
left with wounded after Fredericksburg; deserted 17 Dec 62; returned from desertion 22 Feb 63
Coe, Charles (C)
31 Jan 63
Collin, Jean (B)
dropped from rolls as deserter 1 July 65
Collison, Frank (C)
He deserted, perhaps on 29 April 1864 at Warrenton Junction, Virginia. He was reported deserted from York PA, on 9 June 1864. But on 11 March 1868, he was discharged by general order to date from 10 July 1865.
Condon, Patrick (F)
2 Jun 65
Connelly, William (I)
12 Dec 61
Conner, Henry (G)
7 Dec 64 while on the march to Jarrats Station VA
Conners, Patrick (K)
15 or 16 Dec 61
Conor, John (B)
18 March 1862 (possibly the date he was reported deserted), from Washington DC. he must have returned; he was discharged on surgeon's certificate at Forrest Hall Prison, DC, on 18 December 1863
Conrad, Samuel E (E)
deserted 1 May 1862; returned on 1 December 1863 under the presidential proclamation, lost pay and reduced to ranks from sgt
Conway, William (H)
14 June 63, on the march near Collets Station VA
Cooper, Henry M (I)
3 Jan 62; gained from desertion 26 Apr 63; held at Fort Delaware in arrest; regained from desertion 6 Nov 63.
deserted 30 Jan 64, at Philadelphia PA
Cooley, David (F)
19 Jun 65
Coombe, Gottlieb (I)
10 Oct 61
Creswell, James, Jr (D)
8 or 20 Oct 61
Creswell, James, Sr (D)
13 or 20 Oct 61
Critzer, William (F)
2 Aug 64 from Philadelphia PA (possibly 27 Aug 64)
Crouse, George (K)
deserted 26 Apr 62 from Carroll Barracks Washington DC. returned 20 Aug 63 found guilty of desertion. sentenced to make good all time lost by desertion, to forfeit all pay and allowances that were due him or would become due him, except for necessary food and clothing, and to work at hard labor for two hours each day for the remainder of his service
Daballad, Ashman (B)
dropped as deserter 30 Jun 64
Dailey, Philip (B)
dropped as deserter 30 Jun 64
Darrah, Henry (K)
18 Nov 61
Davenport, Charles (118th PA)
118th PA, transferred to 91st. deserted from hospital in Philadelphia on 1 Apr 62, caught on 15 Aug 64. tried by general court martial, and sentenced to forfeit all pay and allowances due, to forfeit ten dollars per month for twenty months, and to make good the time lost by desertion
Davidson, William (H)
deserted in 1861 from Camp Chase
Dawson, William (H)
2 Mar 64
Deihl, Abel (F)
8 Oct 62 from camp near Sharpsburg MD [perhaps 8 Sep 62]
Deisenberger, George (I)
1 Oct 61
Dell, Francis O (E)
deserted 1 May 1862, at Washington DC; returned in April 1863 under the presidential proclamation, lost pay, and reduced to ranks from sgt. reported regained 3 June, in hospital, Philadelphia; died July 63
Dempsey, Edward (I)
9 Mar 64 or 9 Mar 65, at Philadelphia PA
Dennison, John (K)
deserted 27 Mar 65--never reported
Diamond, Patrick (D)
deserted at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Donahue, Francis P (E)
deserted 21 December 1864 or 29 December 1864, at Philadelphia PA. arrested 16 January 1865, Philadelphia PA. tried by court martial, and found guilty of absence without leave; sentence: lose all pay and allowances then due, and make good all time lost by absence, in 91st PA
Donnelly, Patrick (H)
deserted 7 July 63 on the march near Frederick MD
Dougherty, James (D)
deserted 15 Jan 61 [sic]. arrested by military authorities; returned to regiment
Dougherty, John (K)
22 Dec 61
Dougherty, Patrick (F)
28 Sep 61 from Philadelphia PA. "is now in Capt. Frost's Comp. Cal. [illegible word"
Drew, Michael (B)
deserted 8 Oct 62, at Washington, DC. returned
Duemonlon, George (B)
deserted (unknown date)
Dugan, Barney (H)
deserted Oct 61
Durkin, Mark (K)
24 or 25 Jun 65
Dyson, James (A)
according to the muster-out roll he, deserted, unknown date, at Sharpsburg Virginia
in fact, he was discharged on surgeon's certificate on 15 December 1863
Earley, James (A)
18 Feb 64
Eckhardt, Augustus (C)
30 Apr 64 [but he was discharged on 20 Feb 63]
Eisenhart, Conrad (G)
25 June 65 near Washington DC
Erb, John (I)
25 Oct 61
Evans, Charles (C)
possibly deserted at Alexandria, VA, on 8 Oct 62 (but I suspect the report is a mistake)
Farren, John (B)
17 Oct 62
Farvin, Daniel (G)
1 Mar 64 at Philadelphia PA
Feathers, Josiah (G)
deserted 4 Jul 64, at Chambersburg PA. arrested 20 Sep 64; $15 in expenses
Findley, William (F)
25 July 1862, from Alexandria VA. returned to duty 18 Aug 62
Fisher, Jacob (H)
deserted 25 or 26 Aug 62 at Clouds Mills VA
Flasslard, Eli (I)
1 Nov 61
Ford, James (F)
25 Mar 62 from Christian Street Hospital
Fordney, Samuel (C)
deserted while in 118th PA, from Camp Parole on 2 Jan 63. returned 7 April 1865, under the President's proclamation had to make good the time he had missed by deserting
Forsyth, Penrose (A)
reduced to the ranks for being awol and deserting from hospital, 11 Oct 64
Foust, Oscar (F)
deserted from Alexandria VA 11 June 1862; apparently returned
Fraters, Frederick (A)
released from arrest 18 Mar 64, with various deductions from pay, including the reward for catching deserters
Fries, Richard (C)
He reported on 1 April 1863 under the President's proclamation.
He deserted on 14 June 1865.
Fritzinger, James (A)
31 Oct 61 or 29 Sep 61
Fry, Henry (E)
deserted 10 February 1862, at Philadelphia PA
Furgeson, William (C)
1 Jul 65
Gallagher, Michael (D)
declared a deserter on 27 Feb 63, returned 8 Mar 63
Gallagher, Patrick (D)
18 or 24 Mar 64
Garrity, John (E)
left 14 July 1864, apparently from McClellan Hospital, Philadelphia PA; arrested 29 October 1864 at Philadelphia PA, and about 2 November 1864 was delivered to Capt Jacob S Stretch, Provost Martial. originally charged with absence without leave, but at trial he was charged with desertion He pled guilty to the specification, but not guilty to the charge. He was found guilty on both, before a court martial convened at Alexandria Virginia on Monday 19 December 1864, and sentenced: to serve with whatever regiment the commanding general directed, to forfeit all pay and allowances then due him, to forfeit ten dollars per month for the duration of his term, and to make good all time lost by his absence
Gebler, Matthias (H)
deserted 1861 at Philadelphia PA
Geil, John (D)
26 Jan 62 or 8 Oct 61
Gessler, James (C)
reported regained from desertion on 7 Aug 64
Getz, George (G)
returned 3 Aug 64
Gilbert, James (G)
1 Mar 64 at Philadelphia PA
Gilliland, William (F)
deserted 19 June 63 from West Philadelphia Hospital, Philadelphia PA; reported deserted from hospital in Philadelphia PA on 18 Sep 63. returned 19 Nov 63 and reported regained 20 Nov 63
Gillmore, William (E)
deserted 23 May 1865, at Washington DC (According to Bates, he mustered out with his company.)
Goodman, Isaac (F)
released from arrest 18 Mar 64, with various deductions from pay, including the reward for catching deserters
Gorman, Martin (G)
29 Mar 65 (assigned to co. but never reported)
Graham, James (I)
30 Apr or 30 May 65
Grazier, Peter (I)
16 Oct 61
Green, Dennison (K)
30 Nov 61
Griffin, William (K)
13 May 63
Groff, John (K)
deserted 18 September 1862, while on the march from Monocacy to South Mountain; returned 8 Mar 63
deserted on 29 Apr 63 (!?).
awol starting 13 Aug 63. dropped as deserter on 24 Aug 63
Hagerman, William (D)
reported deserted 17 Feb 64
Hagerty, Patrick (F)
deserted 19 Aug 62, Alexandria VA
Hall, Henry (I)
27 Apr 64
Haly, Patrick (I)
20 Apr 65
Hamilton, Lewis (D)
20 Mar 63
Hampton, David (I)
30 Jan 64, Philadelphia PA
Hannaghan, John (D)
31 Dec 61, Philadelphia PA
Harmer, Charles (H)
deserted 23 or 28 Feb 65, by not returning from furlough
Harris, James (I)
deserted 30 May 1865
Harrison, John (K)
22 Dec 61
Harrison, Joseph (F)
deserted soon after enlisting. caught and returned on 3 Jan 64. deserted 4 Jan 62
Harvey, Sylvester J (C)
21 Jan 62
Haughey, Charles (E)
deserted 7 August 1862. apprehended 4 February 1864. lost pay for time absent, by regimental order
Heaveland, Amos (H)
deserted 7 July 63 while on the march near Frederick MD
Heilman, Frederick (I)
8 Jun 62
Heiner, John (I)
5 Nov 61
Helfrick, William (G)
25 Jun 65 from camp near Washington DC
Henderson, William (B)
deserted from Alexandria, apparently on 27 June 1862
Higgins, Francis (G)
reported returned from desertion and absent wounded on 3 Aug 64; I assume the reported desertion is an error
Hinkle, Henry (F)
4 Oct 61, from Camp Chase, Philadelphia PA
Hobson, George (H)
deserted. never reported
Hoffnagle, John (C)
deserted 1 April 1862, at Washington DC. regained from desertion on 23 Sep 63
Hogan, Garret (B)
12 Jul 62
Holly, George (H)
never reported after enlisting on 11 Mar 65; dropped as deserter 25 Jun 65
Hoskins, Sylvester (F)
Nov 61 from Philadelphia PA
Houseman, John (A)
17 Jan 64
Howard, George (I)
24 Mar 65 (or perhaps 24 Apr 65)
Howard, Joseph (I)
deserted 16 Nov 61, from Philadelphia PA
Howarth, George (E)
deserted 25 April 1865, "on the campaign"
Hughes, James (I)
21 Nov 61, at Philadelphia, PA
Hughes, James (C)
21 Jan 62, at Philadelphia PA
Hughes, John (G)
29 Mar 65; assigned to co. but never reported
Hunter, David (C)
24 Feb 64
Hurld, Robert (K)
28 Nov 61
Jackson, Charles (H)
deserted 29 Feb 64, at Philadelphia PA
Johnson, Charles (G)
1 Mar 64
Johnson, George (B)
18 Mar 62, Washington DC
Johnson, George (I)
11 Dec 62
Johnston, William J (B)
dropped as deserter on 30 Jun 64
Justice, George (D)
reported deserted from Chester Hospital on 24 June 1864; reported regained from desertion 14 August 1864
Kane, Barhard (B)
Apr 62
Kearney, William (A)
never reported after enlisting on 18 Mar 64; dropped as deserter on 20 Sep 64
Keely, Alexander (C)
deserted from hospital in Washington DC, reported 24 Aug 63. reported regained 8 Oct 63
Keenan, Michael (I)
4 Oct 61
Keller, George (F)
dropped as deserter on 28 Apr 64, and reported regained on 29 Apr 64
Kelley, William (K)
deserted 31 May 63, from hospital
Kelly, John (G)
29 Mar 65; assigned to co. but never reported
Kenedy, John (I)
released from arrest 18 Mar 64, with various deductions from pay, including the reward for catching deserters
Kennewell, James (G)
29 Mar 65
William Kilburn (G)
deserted 18 Jul 64, Centre County PA; arrested 1 Sep 64
Kinney, Alexander (I)
1 Dec 61
Kneedler, Freeman (E)
deserted 9 [?] March 1865, McClellan General Hospital, Philadelphia. readmitted there on 18 April 1865, from desertion
Knichner, John (C)
20 Jan 62
Knickerbocker, Fredrick (K)
24 or 25 Jun 65
Knowles, Thomas (K)
14 Jan 62
Kountz, Lewis (F)
19 Aug 62, at Alexandria VA
Kreamer, Peter (B)
18 Mar 62, at Washington DC
Lachlin, William (alias James Howard) (I)
16 Jul 62, at Alexandria VA; caught at end of August 1862
1 Sep 62, from Camp Distribution VA; caught 5 July 1864
Lake, Edward (F)
10 or 11 Mar 62 from Camp Chase, Philadelphia, PA
Lampas, Henry (F)
10 Mar 62 from Philadelphia, PA
Laporte, William (A)
deserted from Philadelphia PA on 16 Jan 64
Larner, Thomas (K)
deserted 28 Mar 65 (never reported)
Latier, John (K)
28 Oct 61
Lawrence, William (G)
25 Jun 65
Leater, John (G)
21 Nov 61 from Philadelphia PA
Lindsay, David (C)
deserted 20 Apr 62 or 1 Jun 62 (which may be the date he was reported deserted)
Linkerman, Henry (D)
deserted 30 Jun 63, at Mayersville, VA, while on the march to Gettysburg PA. reported returned from desertion 11 Mar 64
Linnett, Peter (H)
deserted 7 July 63 while on the march near Frederick MD
Lowery, Charles (C)
"frequently deserted", including 1 Jun 62, at Washington DC (returned), and 14 June 1863 while on march near Hartwood [?] Church. reported regained 21 Nov 63
Mackin, Owen (K)
26 Jul 62 at Occequean [?] River VA
Mahoney, James L (E)
deserted 25 April 1865, "on the campaign"
Mallock, Alexander (I)
regained from desertion 16 Dec 1864
Mann, John (H)
8 Oct 62
Manniess, Frank (E)
deserted 18 May 1862, at Washington DC
Manning, Asher (G)
deserted 18 Jul 64, Centre County PA; arrested 1 Sep 64. deserted 27 Oct 64, regained 30 Nov 64.
Manning, Charles (118th PA)
deserted 13 Dec 62; returned 19 May 65. had to make good time lost by desertion (2 years, 2 months, 26 days)
Mansfield, Edward (C)
29 May 62
Marshall, John (B)
dropped as deserter 30 Jun 64
John Martin (E)
reported deserted 26 Feb 64
Martin, Hugh (K)
deserted 23 Mar 62, from Franklin Square Barracks; returned 31 July 62
deserted 30 May 63
Mason, Samuel (B)
deserted 26 Feb 62, from Philadelphia [could this be the date he was reported deserted? perhaps he actually deserted before the regiment left Philadelphia]
Mathews, Francis (E)
deserted 23 Sep 61, at Philadelphia PA
Mathews, William (A)
12 May 64
Mayers, George (G)
17 Sep 62 from camp near Frederick MD; he "kept his pass when on picket on Nolano [?] Ferry Rd near Frederick Md"
McCabe, James (C)
24 Jun 65
McCall, John (I)
10 Nov 61
McCann, John (F)
21 Jun 62, from Alexandria VA. returned to duty 29 June 62
McCartney, James (D)
20 Jul 62, Alexandria VA
McCarty, Dennis (E)
deserted at Falmouth VA, 6 June 1863. caught 24 January 1864. probably reported caught and held in arrest at Fort Mifflin, 2 May 64. tried by court martial. sentenced to forfeit pay and allowances due him, to lose $10 per month for fifteen months, and to make good all time lost by desertion
McCarty, James (K)
13 Sep 62
McClung, William (F)
reported, on 9 Jun 64, deserted from hospital, Wilmington DE. reported regained on 3 Sep 64
McCormick, John (K)
16 Dec 61, at Philadelphia PA
McCormick, John (D)
released from arrest 18 Mar 64, with various deductions from pay, including the reward for catching deserters
McCormick, William (B)
10 Dec 61
McCoy, William (H)
may have deserted 1 Apr 65, at the Battle of Five Forks VA
McDermott, Robert (K)
deserted 19 Jan 62; returned 8 Mar 63
McElerey, Philip (C)
30 Jun 65
McFarland, James (E)
deserted 15 Apr 63 from Camp Parole
McGevvy, William (B)
dropped as deserter 1 Jul 64
McGlin, Thomas (E)
deserted 7 August 1862, at Alexandria VA
McGlinn, Thomas (E)
deserted 7 Aug 62
McGovern, Thomas (F)
20 Jun 65
McGuinn, Thomas (D)
20 Nov 61, at Camp Chase, Philadelphia, PA
McIlvany, Matthew (K)
reported deserted from hospital in Philadelphia PA, 18 Sep 63; reported regained 29 Oct 63
McIntyre, James (H)
deserted 1861 from Camp Chase
McKnight, John (E)
deserted 8 October 1861, at Philadelphia PA
McLaughlin, Hugh (H)
dropped from rolls as deserter 10 Mar 63 (oddly, not reported awol before that). reported returned 24 Apr 63
McNickle, John (C)
deserted at Washington DC 25 Apr 62 or 1 Jun 62 (which may be the date he was reported deserted)
McNulty, Barney (E)
deserted 21 August 1862, at Alexandria VA. returned to duty under president's proclamation on 13 March 1863
McReny, John (D)
15 Oct 61
McVeigh, William (B)
2 Mar 64
McWilliams, Henry (E)
deserted 25 Apr 65, "on the campaign"
McWilliams, Neil (K)
4 Apr 62
Messinger, Enoch (K)
29 Dec 61
Miller, George (H)
deserted; never reported after enlisting on 29 Feb 64. dropped 20 July 64
Miller, William (I)
2 Mar 64, Philadelphia PA
Moffitt, Alexander (I)
19 Jul 62
Montgomery, Ralph B (F)
according to Bates, 11 Jan 1862, and returned 22 May 62 (probably a mistake for the next desertion). 11 June 1862 from Alexandria VA, returned 22 Aug 62. deserted 2 Sep 63 from Alexandria VA. dropped as deserter 12 Mar 64
Mooney, John, Jr (D)
9 Dec 61 or 15 Oct 61
Mooney, Michael Sr (D)
9 Dec 61 or 12 Oct 61
Mootheart, John (B)
returned under presidential proclamation 24 Apr 63
1 Mar 64 (2nd desertion)
Moran, John (I)
16 Oct 61
Morgan, John (I)
2 Nov 61
Morris, Michael (C)
24 Jun 65
Morris, Thomas (C)
reported returned from desertion 2 May 64
Muldoon, Michael (D)
27 Oct 61
Mullen, Michael (I)
24 Apr 65
Mundell, David (I)
20 Jan 62
Murphy, Daniel (K)
deserted 2 Feb 65--never reported
Murray, John (I)
deserted 29 Mar 65--one day after enlisting
Murphy, William
co.D, deserted 27 Oct 61
Neide, Charles
co.D, deserted at Alexandria VA, on 24 Jan 63 arrested by military authorities and returned to regiment 27 February 1864 [?] tried by court-martial, pled guilty of desertion, and sentenced to lose all pay and allowances he wsa due, to serve seven months after the expiration of his term, and to be publicly reprimanded, with the charge and sentence read at first dress parade after the sentence was promulgated (12).
Newman, John (C)
deserted at Alexandria, VA 1 Sep 62 or 31 Sep 62 (possibly the date he was reported deserted)
O'Brien, John (G)
25 Nov 61 from Philadelphia PA
O'Connell, Charles (D)
[uncertain] returned from desertion 6 July 65
O'Connell, Daniel (F)
8 Apr 64. dropped 28 Apr 64
O'Donnell, Morris (F)
Nov 61 from Philadelphia PA
O'Harra, Michael (B)
dropped as deserter 1 July 65
O'Neill, James (C)
24 Jun 65
Osborne, Mark (K)
24 or 25 Jun 65
Parker, Solomon (C)
2 March 1864, Chester PA; reported deserted 1 May 1864
Perkins, John (G)
16 Feb 64 at Philadelphia, PA
Perry, John (K)
1 or 25 Jun 65
Pollard, George (B)
7 Oct 62
Pritchett, William (G)
2 Oct 61 from Philadelphia PA
Quinlan, Richard (A)
3 Apr 62 or 14 Mar 62 or 30 Apr 62, by not returning from a furlough
Rauvaux, William (or Ronvaux) (B)
dropped as deserter 1 July 65
Rayon, George (D)
21 Nov 62 or 15 Oct 61
Rex, Jesse (A)
16 Feb 64
Rider, William (B)
19 Aug 62
Robinson, John L (E)
deserted either 1 June 1864 at Spotsylvania, VA or 10 June 1864 at Philadelphia PA. arrested either 20 December 1864, at Philadelphia PA or 25 December 1864 at Delaware County, PA. sentenced by court martial to lose all pay and allowances now due him and to lose $10 per month for 12 months and to make good all time lost
Robinson, Peter (H)
deserted 1 Dec 61 from Camp Chase
Rodgers, James (B)
deserted 26 Feb 62, at Philadelphia PA
Rodgers, John (A)
never reported after enlisting on 2 March 1864
Rook, James (G)
29 Mar 65; assigned to co. but never reported
Roth, Charles (G)
7 Dec 64 while on the march to Jarrats Station VA
Russell, Abraham (D)
29 Jun 65
Ruths, Frederick (K)
26 Dec 61
Ryan, Thomas (D)
2 Nov 62
Scanlan, John (G)
28 Jan 64
Schmall, Gerhard (K)
deserted on 24 Feb 65--never reported
Scott, Alexander (G)
29 Jun 63, from camp near Frederick City MD, while on the march to Gettysburg PA
Scott, John (H, D)
deserted, unknown date
Scovell, John (K)
24 Dec 61
Savage, George (H)
deserted in 1861 at Philadelphia PA
Seddinger, HB (H)
deserted [Dec] 61 at Philadelphia PA
Sheppard, Samuel (D)
20 Nov 61
Shepherd Jr, Samuel (D)
deserted, perhaps in 1861
Simons, William (K)
24 or 25 Jun 65
Simpson, James (A)
dropped as deserter on 30 Apr 65, regained 17 May 65
Smith, Daniel (B)
arrested as deserter by 2nd DC Vols on 28 Mar 62
Smith, James (G)
1 Mar 64 at Philadelphia PA
Smith, John (I)
24 Apr 65
Smith, Joseph H (E)
deserted 24 July 1864, at Wilmington Delaware. arrested as a deserter on 2 August 1864, and referred to company commander, who returned him to duty without trial
Smith, William H (C)
deserted at Alexandria, VA, 5 June 1862 or 30 June 1862
Solomon, John (A)
2 Apr 62 or 6 May 62
Sourmillen, William (118th PA)
deserted 7 July 1863; returned 23 Nov 63. sentenced by general court martial to two years imprisonment in penitentiary starting 23 [?] Nov 63
Stackhouse, William (D)
deserted 4 or 6 Aug 63, from hospital in Philadelphia. on 16 Aug 63, reported deserted from Gen'l Hosp, Broad & Cherry, Philadelphia. on 8 Oct 63, reported regained from desertion
Stanley, Edwin (C)
23 Jun 65
Stark, Walter (I)
8 Dec 62
Starner, Solomon (G)
10 Jun 65 from camp near Washington DC
Sterling, Paschall (B)
26 Feb 62, at Philadelphia PA
Stewart, James (F)
10 Mar 62, from Philadelphia PA. reported regained from desertion on 29 Mar 64
Stewart, Robert (K)
20 Dec 61
Steward (D) [probably Robert R Stewart; possibly George Stewart]
regained and under arrest 3 Nov 63
Stewart, William G (C)
deserted 8 Oct 62, at Alexandria VA
Stewart, William M (I)
1 Dec 61
Stotsenburg, Jeremiah (118th PA)
deserted. convicted by GCM
Stotsenburg, John (E)
deserted 21 August 1862, at Alexandria VA. returned to duty under president's proclamation, on 13 March 1863
Strang, Isaac (F)
20 Mar 62, from Philadelphia PA
Sutton, James (B)
dropped as deserter 1 Jul 64
Sutton, William (B)
dropped as deserter 1 Jul 64
Sweeny, James (F)
20 Mar 62 from Carroll Barracks, Washington DC
Swire, Elias (B)
14 Sep 62
Tagan, John (E)
deserted 25 April 1865, "on the campaign"
Thompson, John (B)
dropped as deserter 1 Jul 64
Thompson, Robert (B)
19 Aug 62
Thompson, William (K)
24 or 25 Jun 65
Tomlin, Isaiah (C)
27 June 65
Toner, Patrick (I)
2 or 6 Mar 64, at Philadelphia PA
Tout, Matthew (I)
21 Jan 62
Tramak, Antonia (H)
never reported after enlisting on 28 Mar 65; dropped as deserter 25 Jun 65
Trotter, William (H)
deserted in 1861 from Camp Chase
Trump, John (C)
21 Jan 62
Tucker, John (H)
deserted 1861 or 28 Mar 62, at Philadelphia PA
Tyson, Isaac R (H)
Feb 65
Van Buren, Peter (F)
21 June 1862, from Alexandria VA. returned to duty 18 Aug 62
Videl, Marcus (F)
28 Dec 64
Wade, Joseph
He returned under the president's proclamation, possibly while a member of the 118th Pennsylvania.
Walsh, John (F)
dropped 28 Apr 64 from Philadelphia PA
Walters, John (B)
released from arrest 18 Mar 64, with various deductions from pay, including the reward for catching deserters
dropped apparently as deserter 1 Jul 65
Wampole, Wilbur (D)
from hospital, 16 Aug 64
War, William (G)
30 Mar 65; assigned to co. but never reported
Warford, William (A)
1 Nov 64. but regained 2 Dec 64, having been "dropped in error"
Warntz, Mayberry (H)
deserted 27 Apr 63 while on the march to Chancellorsville VA
Warr, Isaac (B)
19 Jan 62
Warnsley, William (I)
on 17 Mar 64, reported enlisted in co. and arrested as deserter
Watkins, James (G)
1 Mar 64 at Philadelphia PA
Watson, George (A)
4 Feb 64
Watson, William (H)
"deserted transferred By order of Col Reiff [?] USA [?]"--perhaps this means that he deserted from the 91st, and when he was regained, he was transferred to another regiment
Weichselbaum, Jacob (K)
19 Jan 62
Weigle, Jeremiah (G)
20 Jun 65 near Washington DC
Wellington, Samuel (H)
deserted 5 Dec 61 at Philadelphia PA
Welsh, Michael (K)
18 Dec 61
West, James (C)
24 Jun 65
Whitlock, William (D)
5 or 8 May 64
Wilkinson, William (F)
2 Sep 63 from Fredericksburg MD
Williams, Griffith (B)
dropped as deserter 1 Jul 65
Williams, John (G)
30 Mar 65; assigned to co. but never reported
Wilson, Charles (H)
never reported after enlisted on 29 Mar 65; dropped as deserter 25 Jun 65
Wilson, James (I)
10 Dec 61
Private Wilson (B) [probably Samuel Wilson (B/D)]
dropped as deserter 3 July 1864, but actually discharged before that
Wonderley, John (C)
23 Jun 65
Wood, John (H)
reported deserted 16 Nov 63. reported returned 20 Nov 63
Wooden, Robert (E)
left his hospital about 29 July 1864, and went to Philadelphia. arrested on 4 September 1864. found guilty of absence without leave, but not desertion. sentenced to forfeit $10 per month for six months, and to make good all time lost by his absence
Wright, John (G)
deserted from camp 8 or 9 Mar 65; returned 12 Mar 65. deserted again 30 Mar 65 from Hatcher's Run
Wyles, Kingsley (F)
11 Jun 62 from Alexandria VA
Yerkes, William (B)
7 Jan 62
Young, Frederick (I)
11 Dec 62
Zane, Henry (F)
deserted for a short time in 1863

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