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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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#532 John McNally (C) was discharged about three months after enlisting, 'because of lack of physical development' and because he weighed only 95 pounds. (The surgeon who approved his enlistment obviously wasn't very observant!) His certificate of discharge reported the value of the clothing he had received as this:
Over coat $8.50
Dress Coat 8.75
Blouse 3.25
Trowsers 3.10
2 Socks 72
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  $24.32


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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