Dedicated to the memory of Carol Ide (1958-2012)
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.
Fact of the week [updated Sundays]
#518 [I apologize for my long absence--it's been a hard semester. I hope to be adding material regularly again now]
I find it amusing that the recruiting officer, and not the physician, was the person who swore the recruit was sober and old enough to enlist.
(See for example, the volunteer enlistment form for John Brown.)
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 email@example.com with corrections, suggestions, or information!
Also contact Cyrus at SgtPen91st@aol.com, who is writing a book about the 91st PA.