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George Alcorn

Before the war

He was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in 1832/33. [sources: date: 3 (18 in 1861), 4 (28 in 1861), 7 (28 in 1861). place: 7]

He was a soldier when he enlisted. [source: 7]


When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 5-3/4 inches tall, and had a dark complexion, dark eyes, and dark hair. [sources: 4 (light complexion), 7 (dark complexion)]

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 2 or 3 October 1861 He was enlisted for three years, by Lieutenant Pierce, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was mustered in as a private, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He initially served as a private in company D. [sources: 1 (co.F 2 Oct, co.D 3 Oct), 3 (3 Oct), 4 (2 Oct), 7 (2 Oct), 8]

He was transferred to company F on 31 October 1861. [sources: 2, 8]

He deserted from Alexandria, Virginia, on 11 June 1862. [sources: 5, 7]

He was discharged, at Washington DC, on surgeon's certificate of disability, on 21 August 1863. He was a private, in company F. [sources: 1, 4, 6, 7, 8]


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) [Bates lists a George Alcorn in co. D (mustered in 3 October, not accounted for when the regiment mustered out), and another in co. F (mustered in 2 October, discharged on surgeon's certificate). The company D register of men transferred indicates that they are the same person.] (George Alcorn)

2 company D, register of men transferred, entry 1 (George Alcorn)

3 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 7 August 2004 [Unfortunately, the Pennsylvania Archives cards have inconsistent information about them. Because he was first in company D, I have preferred the information on the company D card] (George Alcorn, co.D)

4 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 7 August 2004 (George Alcorn, co.F; rolls have 'Alcom')

5 company F, register of deserters, #19 (George Alcorn)

6 company F, register of men discharged (George Alcorn)

7 company F, descriptive roll, #18 (George Alcorn)

8 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (George Alcorn)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1890 US census, veterans' schedules
Ancestry index (accessed Apr 06)
pension index, by name
Ancestry index (accessed Apr 06)
Rootsweb WorldConnect
accessed April 2006, and 17 Mar 12
multiple gedcoms have the Indiana County George Alcorn, child of John Rain Alcorn and Hannah Jane Arkwright, who married Sarah Ann Bowen, and died in 1897, in Brown County, Illinois
Pennsylvania veterans' burial cards
Ancestry index (accessed 13 Mar 12)
Pennsylvania Church and Town records
Ancestry index (accessed 13 Mar 12)
there were many entries (especially in Indiana County), but I wasn't able to determine whether any were this George Alcorn
searched for George Alcorn b. PA 1831-1836 resulted in the Illinois George Alcorn mentioned below (under Find a grave), and one other entry, which I can't rule in or out (accessed 13 March 2012):
George Alcorn, 74, b. PA, with Mary A (35 b. IL), [1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 26, family 210, page 11]
searching for Alcorn residing in Dauphin County Pennsylvania resulted in no matches before 1900
searching for George b. PA 1831-1834 residing in Dauphin County PA in 1850-1860 resulted in 147 matches; none seems plausible alternatives to or misreadings of 'Alcorn'
searched for Alcorn and 91st, 1860-1900 (anywhere in US) (accessed 13 March 2012)
searching for George Alcorn 1860-1900 yielded too many entries to search through
George Alcorn 1860-1900 in Philadelphia yields 44 entries, including the following George Alcorn's
(1) George Alcorn, died 31 May 1899 [no other identifying information] Philadelphia Inquirer 2 June 1899 page 12
(2) George W Alcorn, died 2 October 1868, 58 years old, funeral from residence at 309 Callowhill, with a request for New York and Pittsburgh papers to copy, Philadelphia Inquirer 3 October 1868 page 5
(3) Sarah Alcorn relict of George W died on 8 March 1888, 81st years old, funeral from her daughter Jane P Russell's house at 1752 N 25th St Philadelphia Inquirer 12 March 1888 page 5
(and Rev George Alcorn married Mrs Ella Klein on 6 September 1894 Philadelphia Inquirer 8 September 1894 page 7)
Philadelphia death certificates
searching for George Alcorn died 1860-1900 in the FamilySearch index yields 3 entries (accessed 13 March 2012):
(1) George Alcorn, died 17 September 1863, 73 years old, address County Prison, buried 18 September 1863 in city grounds
(2) Geo. Alcorn, died 16 Feb 1872, 26 years old, blacksmith, address Wyoming & Filbert (?), buried 17 Feb 1872 on hospital grounds
(3) Geo H Alcorn, died 2 Oct 1868, address 100 Callowhill, 55 years old, b. Philaelphia, married, buried 4 Oct 1868 in Odd Fellows
Find a grave
searching for George Alcorn yielded 59 matches, most clearly born too late or early (though some others were born in the 1840's--could he have been 23 and not 28 when he enlisted?)
(a) George Alcorn, died July 1893, age unknown, buried Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County, NY, memorial 59825862
(b) George Alcorn, died Feb 1933, age unknown, buried Sunset Memorial Park, Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico, memorial 64044450
(c) George Alcorn, died 12 September 1928, age unknown, buried Lakeview Cemetery, LaCrosse Count, Wisconsin, memorial 71666181
(d) George Alcorn, died 23 April 1883, 79 years old, with Eliza Alcorn, died 14 August 1867, 68 years old, buried in Saint Marks Cemetery, Highland, Howard County, Maryland, memorial 32392729
(e) George Alcorn, died 1869, son of J and M Alcorn, buried in Cassville Cemetery, Cassville, Grant County, Wisconsin, memorial 71574445
(f) George W Alcorn, born 11 June 1835, Indiana County, PA, to John Rain Alcorn (1806-1898) and Hannah Jane Arkwright (1813-1872), died 16 Aug 1897, Brown County, Illinois, buried Benville Cemetery, Benville, Brown County, Illinois, memorial 60895022
re (f) see Manni, Carpenter & related families, a gedcom available on RootsWeb WorldConnect, updated 9 February 2009, contact Debbi (accessed 13 March 2012), which refers to the 1870 and 1880 censuses, but not to any military service [other gedcoms are available, but none mention military service]
re (f) see 1860 US census, Illinois, Pike County, Hadly Township, microfilm series M653, film 219, page 196 handwritten = 926 handwritten
re (f) see 1870 US census (mentioned above)
re (f) see 1880 US census, Illinois, Brown County, Buckhorn, microfilm series T9, film 176, page 452 A
the 1860 census makes (f) unlike to be my George Alcorn


George Alcorn in the 91st PA gedcom on RootsWeb WorldConnect

George Alcorn in the 91st PA database

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 7 Mar 2014, from Fold3]

Alcorn, George.
Co. D F, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | Pvt.
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