He was born in 1846, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [sources: date: 2 (18-1/2 in 1864), 4 (18 yrs 2 months on 2 August 1864). place: 2]
When he enlisted, he was a bookbinder, and was living in South Whitehall, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. [sources: 2, 4]
When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 5 inches tall, and had a fair complexion, hazel eyes, and brown hair. [sources: 2, 4]
He enlisted for one year and was mustered into service, at Norristown, Pennsylvania, on 2 August 1864. He was enlisted by Major John A Haddock. His enlistment was credited to South Whitehall (6th congressional district, 60th subdistrict), Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. He was mustered in as a private, in company C. [sources: 1, 2, 3 (no company), 4]
He was discharged on surgeon's certificate of disability, because of lack of physical development, and a weight of only 95 pounds. No discharge date was listed; the final approval was dated 16 November 1864. He was rejected by the Board of Medical Examiners. He had been issued clothing worth $24.32: an overcoat ($8.50), a dress coat ($8.75), a blouse ($3.25), trousers ($3.10), and 2 socks ($0.72). He had not been paid any bounty, and was due $100.00. No company muster roll included his name. [source: 4]
He was not on the muster-out roll when the regiment mustered out. [sources: 1]
1 Bates, Samuel Penniman. History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5. Harrisburg: B. Singerly, state printer, 1869-71. 5 volumes. 'Ninety-first regiment', volume 3, pages 186-233. (In the roster) (John McNully)
2 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 15 July 2004 (John McNully)
3 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (John McNally)
4 compiled service record, 91st Pennsylvania Infantry, company C (John McNally)
The John M'Nully (co. C) in Bates and the ARIAS cards (entries 1 and 2 above) is clearly the John McNally (no company) in the index to the compiled service records (entry 3 above). They have the same description, enlisted on the same day in the same place, and John McNally's service was credited to the place John McNully was living when he enlisted.
I, John McNally born in Philadelphia in the State of Pennsylvania aged eighteen two [?]/12 years, and by occupation a Bookbinder DO HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGE to have volunteered this Second day of August 1864, to serve as a Soldier in the Army of the United States of America for the period of one YEAR, unless sooner discharged by proper authority: Do also agree to accept such bounty, pay, rations, and clothing, as are, or may be, established by law for volunteers. And I, John McNally do solemnly swear, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the United States of America, and that I will serve them honestly and faithfully against all their enemies or opposers whomsoever; and that I will observe and obey the orders of the President of the United States, and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to the Rules and Articles of war.John McNally
I CERTIFY, ON HONOR, That I have carefully examined the above-named Volunteer, agreeably to the General Regulations of the Army, and that, in my opinion, he is free from all bodily defects and mental infirmity, which would in any way disqualify him from performing the duties of a soldier.
I CERTIFY, ON HONOR, That I have minutely inspected the Volunteer, John McNally previously to his enlistment, and that he was entirely sober when enlisted; that, to the best of my judgment and belief, he is of lawful age; and that, in accepting him as duly qualified to perform the duties of an able-bodied soldier, I have strictly observed the Regulations which govern the recruiting service. This soldier has Hazel eyes, Brown hair, fair complexion, is five feet five inches high.Jno A Haddock
Mustered into the service of the United States, for one year, from date of enlistment, in company C, 91st Regiment of Penna Volunteers, on the 2d day of August, 1864, at Norristown PaJno A Haddock
I, John McNally, desiring to VOLUNTEER as a Soldier in the Army of the United States, for the term of one YEAR Do Declare, That I am eighteen years and two months of age; that I have never been discharged from the United States service on account of disability or by sentence of a court martial, or by order before the expiration of a term of enlistment; and I know of no impediment to my serving honestly and faithfully as a soldier for one year.GIVEN at Norristown Pa
I CERTIFY, That I have carefully examined the said John McNelly a Recruit, and find him incapable of performing the duties of a soldier because of Lack of Physical Development + Weight - 95 lbs - unfit for V.R.CorpsDegree of Disability 3/4 - Three Fourths
Know ye, That John McNelly a Private of Captain [blank] Company, ([blank]) 91" Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers who was enrolled on the Second day of August one thousand eight hundred and Sixty four to serve one year or during the war, is hereby Discharged from the service of the United States, this [blank] day of [blank], 186[blank], at [blank], by reason of Surgeons [sic] Certificate of Disability[the following is crossed out: (No objection to his being re-enlisted is known to exist.)]
Said John McNelly was born in Philadelphia in the State of Pennsylvania, is Eighteen 2/12 years of age, Five feet Five inches high, Fair complexion, Hazel eyes, Brown hair, and by occupation, when enrolled, a Bookbinder
Given at [blank] this [blank] day of [blank]
Col. 19th Penna Cavalry
Commanding the Post.
[written vertically over the preceding text:] Rejected by Board of Medical Examiners appointed in Par. 6. S.O. 239, Headquarters Dept. of the Susquehanna dated Oct. 10" 1864.
DEPT OF SUSQUEHANNA
NOV. 16". 1864
TO BE DISCHARGED THE
UNITED STATES SERVICE
BY COMMAND OF
MAJ. GEN. COUCH
Jno S Schultze
ASST ADJT GENL.
RECEIVED HEAD QUARTERS DEPT OF SUSQUEHANNA NOV. 16 1864
OATH OF IDENTITY [blank]
Mc | 91 | Pa.
Appears with rank of Pvt. on
Muster and Descriptive Roll of a Detachment of U.S. Vols. forwarded
for the 91 Reg't Pennsylvania Inf. Roll dated
Norristown Pa. Aug. 2, 1864.
Where born, Phila Pa.
Age 18 7 [sic]/12 years; occupation Book binder
When enlisted Aug. 2, 1864.
Where enlisted Norristown Pa.
For what period enlisted 1 year.
Eyes Hazel; hair Bro
Complexion Fair; height 5 ft. 5 in.
When mustered in Aug. 2, 1864.
Where mustered in Norristown
Bounty paid [blank]; due $100 [blank]/100
Where credited 6 Cong Dist. 60 South Whitehall Lehigh Co.
Company to which assigned C
Name not taken up on Co. Muster Rolls of regiment
Book mark: [blank]
B. E. Smith Copyist.
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