62d Pennsylvania Volunteers

Company L: Chambers Zouaves (Pittsburgh)

62d  Pennsylvania Monument at Gettysburg

Company Origins

Recruited principally in Birmingham, then an independent city, now the South Side section of Pittsburgh. Company mustered in on 29 August 1861. Company L was originally organized by Shepley Ross Holmes as the Chambers Zouaves, an independent Zouaves unit. Many of the company's officers had previously served in Company B of the 13th Pennsylvania Infantry, a three-month regiment, which had been recruited at Birmingham. Minus these men, the Old 13th largely kept together to form the 102d Pennsylvania. Company L was added to the 62d Pennsylvania as one of two extra companies a month after the original ten companies were mustered in.

The average age at enrollment of the officers was 22.7 years old. The average age of the privates was 24.7 years old. Nineteen of the volunteers listed their age as 18. Fourteen of the volunteers were 30 or over. The two oldest were 40, but the oldest officer was only 30. The musicians were not underaged drummer boys, but were aged 18 and 21. The most common occupations were Farmer (34, including one Flint Blower), Laborer (18), and Roller (11). At least ten others were glass workers, having such jobs as glass cutters, puddlers, master teasers, flatners, and moulders. I don't know if the two gentlemen of the regiment were men of leisure or valets or other servants of industrialists.

Before the outbreak of the war, there was a Zouave craze. Zouave units were exotic military outfits that competed in precision drill exhibitions. The original American Zouaves were Elmer Ellsworth's Chicago Zouaves, also known as the U.S. Zouave Cadets, which was modeled after French light infantry troops in Algeria a decade earlier. The U.S. Zouave Cadets visited Pittsburgh on an 1860 tour that included the White House. When Elmer Ellsworth was shot to dead while attempting to remove a Confederate flag in view of the White House shortly after Lincoln took office, he became the first martyr of the war, and a new interest in Zouaves with even more intensity led to newly forming companies and regiments adopting Zouave uniforms. Zouave units were most famous for the gaudy uniforms they wore, at least through the early part the war. Each unit had its own distinctive colors, but generally a uniform included baggy pants, a collarless jacket, vest, long sash, white canvas leggings, and a fez or turban. Some soldiers even shaved their heads. Zouave troops, by reputation, were not only highly skilled in elaborate precision drills, but followed a strict regimen of physical and mental training, including abstaining from alcohol and tobacco. I don't know if the Chambers Zouaves practiced this part of Ellsworth Zouave ideal or not. Nor have I been able to discover any distinctive details about its uniform.

Because Company L and M joined the 62d a month after Companies A through K, when the regiment's three year term ended and the 62d was mustered out, the soldiers of Company L and M were transferred to Company K of the 91st Pennsylvania Volunteers to complete their service. As members of the 91st, the soldiers joined the construction of seigeworks near Petersburg that became known as Fort Prescott. They continued this work until almost the end of their term. On 30 July 1864, the 91st were held in reserve in the Battle of the Crater. On 6 February 1865 the company may have seen its last major conflict at Hatcher's Run, Va. During the month of August 1865, until they were mustered out, they participated in the garrisoning of forts, but took part in no further engagements.

The Veteran Reserve Corps, originally called the Invalid Corps, was the military body to which soldiers were transferred when they were not healthy enough to be sent back to their original unit, but not sick or disabled enough to be sent home.

Unfortunately for Company L, the Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866 does not provides full personal information for most of the volunteers. Age, residence, and occupation is all that is provided for the majority of the members of the company. I have no idea why that should be, but it must be related to the company late admission to the regiment, since Company M has similar incomplete information.

Company Roster

Officers, Commissioned and Non-Commissioned

Name

Rank(s)

Remarks (All officers mustered in on 29 August 1861, except where noted.)

Shepley Ross Holmes

Captain

Previously served a three month term as 2d Lieutenant in B Company of the 13th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment (Mustered in on 25 April 1861 and mustered out on 6 August 1861). Resigned from the 62d Pennsylvania on 21 July 1862.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 25 [card for his later artillery service indicates his age as 24]; Occupation: Roller [card for his 3-moth service indicates his occupation as clerk]; Residence: Allegheny Co.; no additional personal information listed.

There was a pioneering doctor in Pittsburgh named Shepley Ross Holmes. The first captain of Company L was not him and not even related to him. Two different genealogists have told me that many individuals, related and unrelated, were named after the good doctor, and genealogists' research has been handicapped ever since.

The Shepley R. Holmes of the 62d was the son of Irish immigrants. He was born in the borough of Birmingham on the south side of Pittsburgh, and his father was a policeman. He may have been the Captain Holmes who headed the Koerner Guards of the First Regiment Rifles of the Second Brigade of the Allegheny County Home Guard, which formed in the spring of 1861.

The details of Holmes leaving the 62d P.V. are unclear. It is not known whether he resigned for personal reasons, was allowed to resign, or pressured to resign. Holmes did not leave military service for good. He served in Company C of the 3rd Pennsylvania light artillery as a private mustering in on 22 September 1862. The rolls list his first name as Shipley. He was not on the muster out roll, so the date he left the artillery is unknown. However, sometime before early 1864, he joined the Mississippi Marine Brigade, serving on a gun-boat. There, unfortunately, his bravery, leadership, and decision-making were all called into question. In March 1864, according to a report filed in the The War of the Rebellion: a Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, in the defense of recently captured Yazoo City, Ensign Holmes, the officer in charge of a howitzer that seems to have been removed from the gun-boat Exchange and posted in a redoubt, with his men "shamefully deserted it and fled to the boat, but was met by [the commanding officer], who refused them permission to come on board the boat." No mention of what discipline Holmes received is provided in the Official Record, but six months later, I he was aboard a different gun-boat and had the rank of "acting ensign." The Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion indicates that Acting Ensign S. Ross Holmes was placed under arrest for actions he took and failed to take in Ocober, 1864. First he failed to encourage his men and then he with many others jumped on the bank deserting the ship, the Petrel, to flee to another gun-boat, the Prairie Bird during an engagement on the Yazoo River. Afterward Holmes was held under arrest under charges of drunkenness, disobedience of orders, and scandalous conduct. The Official Record does not further report on Holmes' fate. Holmes received a pension, so that is an indication that he was honorably discharged. The rank listed in the pension record is "1st Lt." I don't know if that was his last rank or his highest rank.

He died in Toledo. His wife, Esther, filed for a widow's pension in September 1899.

Detrick Gruntz

1st Lieutenant, Captain.

Previously served a three month term a private in B Company of the 13th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment (Mustered in on 25 April 1861 and mustered out on 6 August 1861(?)). Bates indicates that Gruntz mustered in on 29 July 1861, but that date pre-dates the Company by a month and would have meant that Gruntz would have mustered out of the 13th early. He became Captain when Holmes resigned.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 22; Occupation: Roller; Residence: Allegheny Co.; no additional personal information listed

His name has been spelled variously, including Deitrick Grantz. He may be the Captain Gremitz listed in Simon Wolf's The American Jew as Patriot, Soldier and Citizen, since his is the only name among the captains of the 62d that in any way resembles "Gremitz." I think, however, that there is a transpositionaly error of 62 for 26 in Wolf's work. Unfortunately, I have not been able to verify Gruntz's religion.

Mustered out with company, 15 August 1864.

Died 19 April 1905. Buried in Union Dale Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Pa.


J. E. Cunningham

2d Lieutenant, 1st Lieutenant, Adjutant (of regiment).

Mustered in on 11 December 1861. Killed at Fredericksburg, Va., 13 December 13 1862.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 23; Occupation: Clerk; Residence: Pittsburgh, Pa.; Hair: Brown; Eyes: Brown; Complexion: Fair; Height: 5'8" Remarks: Enlisted in Company A. 9th Res. Trans. to Company L. 62nd. Reg. and Pro. to 2nd Lt. 12-11-61 to 1st Lt. 7-21-62, to Adjt. (10-28-62 Bates) Killed at Fredericksburg, Va. 12-13-62. Rolls spell first name James.

Joseph Aldred (also spelled Alldred)

Corporal, 1st Sergeant, 2d Lieutenant, 1st Lieutenant

Wounded at the Battle of Laurel Hill, 12 May 1864. Mustered out with company, 15 August 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 22; Occupation: Nail cutter; Residence: Allegheny County, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: Pr. 1st Sgt. (date unknown). 2nd Lt. (ate unknown). 1st Lt. (10-28-62. Bates). Exp. of Term..

Joseph H. Brown

1st Lieutenant, Adjutant (of regiment).

Mustered in on 4 July 1861. Resigned October 28, 1862.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 30; Occupation: Roller; Residence: Pittsburgh, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: Trans from Company L. Pro. to Adjt. (date Unknown) Resigned 10-28-62.

In a letter dated 25 June 1862, Colonel Black remarked that had been "quite sick with fever" for a few weeks, and the colonel thought he should go home for a few weeks. -- Moorhead, Elizabeth, Whirling spindle : the story of a Pittsburgh family. Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press,: unknown, 1942

William E. Weber

Corporal, Sergeant, 1st Sergeant, 2d Lieutenant, 1st Lieutenant

Mustered in on 9 August 1861; Mustered out with company, 15 August 1864. Born in Hanover, Germany, he emigrated to the United States in 1855, settling in Pittsburgh. He was a watchmaker who worked in family business before and after the war (located at the corner of 10th and Carson). He was a member of the German Evangelical church and a Republican. He married twice after the war. He had one child, John M. Weber, by his Mary Devlin and three (William, Amanda, and Edwin) by his second wife Lizzie Ulrich.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 20; Occupation: Jeweler; Residence: Alleghaney County, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: Pr. Sgt. (1-162. Bates). Pr. 2nd Lt (110-28-62. Bates). Exp. of Term.

Personal information from A century and a half of Pittsburg and her people by John Newton Boucher (Lewis Publishing, 1908).

George J. Killmer
portrait of 1st Sgt. George Killmer

Private, Sergeant, 1st Sergeant

Promoted to Sergeant 1 January 1862. Promoted to 1st Sergeant 28 October 1862. Mustered out with company, 15 August 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 23; Occupation: Carpenter; Residence: Lebanon, Pa. No additional information.

His pension file card indicates his full name was George J. Killmer. Bates and CWVCF list him simply as George Killmer. The card also shows that he was a member of Company H, 5th Pennsylvania regiment (three months) before enrolling in Company L. He filed for an invalid pension in Pennsylvania on May 11, 1892.

The 5th Pennsylvania (3 months) was organized at Camp Curtin, Harrisburg, April 20, 1861 and spent most of its service at Alexandria, Va., attached to McDowell's Army of Northeast Virginia. It mustered out 25 July 1861, apparently before seeing any action.

The 1910 Census lists a George J. Killmer aged 71. This would be the right age for this to be the same George J. Killmer of the 62d. He was head of household in Reading (Berks County). His wife was Sarah A. (age 68). They had a daughter Birgie Hull, aged 28, and granddaughter Forethy Virgin, aged 2, also living in the
household.

Died 30 June 1914, according to Proceedings of the 49th Annual Encampment of the Department of Pennsylvania Grand Army of the Republic (Easton, 1915), where his surname is listed as Kilner.

Image of the daguerreotype of George Killmer in a Chassuer de Vincennes uniform is from the collection of the Historical Society of Berks County (Pa.).

Jacob Flora

Corporal, Sergeant

Previously served a three month term as 2d Lieutenant in B Company of the 13th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment (Mustered in on 25 April 1861 and mustered out on 6 August 1861). Slightly wounded at the Battle of Laurel Hill, 12 May 1864. Mustered out with company, 15 August 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: [See Reference from Florey, Jacob, to Flora, Jacob. Flery on M.I. Roll. Flora in Register.] Age at Enrollment: 28; Occupation: Glass Blower; Residence: Birmington, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: Pr. Sgt. (1-1-62. Bates.).

Listed in Bates as Florey. Shenkel spells name Flory.

Listed in 1860 Census for Birmingham as 28 year old glass blower living with his mother (who had been born in France) and wife or sister.

Peter Brindle

Private, Corporal, Sergeant

Previously served a three month term as 2d Lieutenant in B Company of the 13th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment (Mustered in on 25 April 1861 and mustered out on 6 August 1861). Mustered out with company, 15 August 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 18; Occupation: Glass Blower; Residence: Birmington, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: (Pr. Corp. 10-9-61. Bates). Pr. Sgt. (7-21-62. Bates).

Thomas Keenan

Private, Corporal, Sergeant

Mustered out with company, 15 August 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 19; Occupation: Nail Cutter; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: (Pr. Corp. 1-1-62. Bates). Pr. Sgt. (10-28-62. Bates).

Peter Stemler

Corporal, Sergeant

Previously served a three month term as 2d Lieutenant in Company B of the 13th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment (Mustered in on 25 April 1861 and mustered out on 6 August 1861). Mustered out with company, 15 August 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 20 [19 on the B-13 I card]; Occupation: Laborer [Glass Blower on the B-13 I card]; Residence: Birmingham, Pa. [Allegheny County on the B-13 I card]; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: (Pr. Corp. (date unknown). (Pr. Sgt. 5-1-63. Bates).

Henry Bonshire

Corporal

Previously served a three month term as 2d Lieutenant in B Company of the 13th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment (Mustered in on 25 April 1861 and mustered out on 6 August 1861). Mustered out with company, 15 August 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 22; Residence: Birmingham, Pa. [Last name spelled Boonshire on card, with cross reference from Bonshire.]

Likely brother of Private George Bonshire. 1870 Census for East Birmingham, Allegheny County indicates he was born in Prussia.

Died 27 May 1910 and buried in Section 2 Site 1709, Marion National Cemetery, Marion, Indiana.

Peter Phillips

Private, Corporal

Wounded at Gettysburg and lost a foot. Mustered out with company, 15 August 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 22; Occupation: Glass Blower; Residence: Birmingham, Pa..; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: Pr. Corpt. (7-21-62. Bates).

List of ex-soldiers, sailors and marines, living in Iowa published by the Iowa Adjutant General's Office in 1886, lists his residence as Ogden.

George Bradley
(real name was
George Mangold)
portrait of Corp. George Mangold

Private, Corporal

Mustered out with company, 15 August 1864. Mangold family legend (supplied by Chris Mangold, a direct descendant) indicates that he joined the army to free himself from a cruel aunt who was raising him, changed his name to George Bradley to prevent people from finding him. He changed back to the Mangold surname some years after the war. He also was apparently only 16 when he joined.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age: 18; Occupation: Laborer; Residence: Birmington, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: (Pr. Corp. 9-15-62. Bates).

Died 11 January 1905, according to Proceedings of the 40th Annual Encampment of the Department of Pennsylvania Grand Army of the Republic (Altoona, 1906), where his nme is listed as "Geo. Mangold."

Morris Kelly

Private, Corporal

Mustered out with company, 15 August 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 24; Occupation: Glass Blower; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: (Pr. to Corp. 7-21-62. Bates).

Born in Ohio.

William Slocum

Private, Corporal

Previously served a three month term as 2d Lieutenant in B Company of the 13th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment (Mustered in on 25 April 1861 and mustered out on 6 August 1861). Mustered out with company, 15 August 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 29; Occupation: Glass Cutter; Residence: Birmingham, Pa..; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: (Pr. to Corp. 5-5-64. Bates).

Messick Foley

Corporal

Captured at Laurel Hill, Va. Prisoner of war from 10 May 1864 to 24 February 1865. Bates listed him as missing in action at Spottsylvania Court House), 10 May 1864. Shenkel indicates missing at the Battle of Laurel Hill, 9 May 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866 [first name spelled Massick]: Age: 27; Occupation: Roller; Residence: Birmington, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: Pr. Corp. (date unknown). Prisoner of war at Laurel Hill, Va. from 5-10-64 to 2-24-65.

Listed in Bates as Missick Foley.

The 1870 Census for West Birmingham lists Messick Foley as a 35 year old roller who was born in England living with his wife Lizzie and four children. The 1900 Census for Jefferson Township, Allegheny County, lists him as a retired roller who emigrated from England in 1847. His wife's name was listed as Sida. Pension Index File confirms spelling of first name as Messick.

George Smith

Corporal

Wounded and Missing in action at the Battle of Laurel Hill (Spottsylvania Court House), 12 May 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 18; Occupation: Moulder; Residence: Birmingham, Pa..; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: (Missing in action at Spottsylvania C. H. 5-12-64. Bates).

Dennis Heaphey

Private, Corporal

Missing in action at the Battle of Laurel Hill (Spottsylvania Court House), 12 May 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 21; Occupation: Nailer; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: (Missing in action at Spottsylvania 5-12-64 Bates).

His mother Sarah Heaphey filed a survivor's pension in 18?? [63,65,83,85].

Was born in Ireland, based on family information in the 1880 Census for the 26th ward, Pittsburg [sic]. Although Dennis is not listed, both his mother and a younger sister are and both were born in Ireland.

Spelled Heafley in some records.

John Hershman

Corporal

Discharged on Surgeon's Certificate, 29 December 1861

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 18; Occupation: Cooper; Residence: Birmingham, Pa..; [No other personal information provided]; Disc. on S. C. of D. Reduced to rank, (date unknown).

Jeremiah Murphy

Corporal

Captured at Gaines Mill or Malvern Hill as evidenced by his being listed on register of Paroled Prisoners of War Transferred to Hospital Tranport "Knickerbocker" from City Point, Va., July 22, 1862. Discharged on Surgeon's Certificate, 6 January 1864

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 18; Occupation: Flatner of Glass; Residence: Birmingham, Pa..; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: Pr. Corp. (date unknown). (Discharged S.C. of D., Bates).

William Tucker

Corporal

Wounded at The Wilderness, 5 May 1864. Discharged on Surgeon's Certificate, date unknown.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 29; Occupation: Boatman; Residence: Birmingham, Pa..; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: (Dis. S.C. of D., date unknown. Bates).

Samuel Thursby

Corporal

Killed at Malvern Hill

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 27; Occupation: Laborer; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]

Samuel Thursby also served as a private in Company K of the 7th Pennsylvania Infantry (3 month).

Brother or relative of Private John Thursby who also died at Malvern Hill?

George Works

Corporal

Killed at Spottsylvania Court House.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: [No personal information provided]; Remarks: Killed in action 5-15-64. (all information on this card is taken from Bates) No further record available.

Peter Moody

Corporal

Wounded and captured at Malvern Hill. Died of wounds at Richmond, Va. 1 July 1862.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866 [see reference from Peter Mooder to Peter Moody]: Age at Enrollment: 23; Occupation: Moulder; Residence: Birmingham, Pa..; [No other personal information provided]

Listed as Peter Mooder in Bates.

Musicians

Name

Remarks (All musicians mustered in on 29 August 1861)

Jacob Shenkel
portrait of Jake Shenkel

Temporily assigned to hospital duty in Gettysburg after the battle and did not rejoin company until the following December. Mustered out with company, 15 August 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 20; Occupation: Clerk; Residence: Liverpool, Ohio.; [No other personal information provided]

From his diary, we have this information: "Jake Shenkel was Born in the city of Pittsburg, Allegheny County, Penn. Born 1 January 1840. Lived in the State of Ohio from the year 1847 until 1860." Lack of enlistment opportunities in his home of East Liverpool, Ohio, caused Shenkel and six others to journey to Pittsburgh and join the 62d Pennsylvania. He was a grocer at the time. After the war he returned to East Liverpool and the grocery business. Later he was a partner in a pottery company. He married Annie Cowan, the sister of Abashe Cowen, on 1 January 1866. They had four children who lived to adulthood. Died at home, 412 East Third Street, East Liverpool, on 14 August 1927.

See also this portrait of Jacob Shenkel from ScienceViews Photo Library.

Benjamin Morgan

Mustered in as private. Mustered out with company, 15 August 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 37; Occupation: Glass Cutter; Residence: Birmingham, Pa..; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks:

William Clifford

Deserted 27 August 1862

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 22; Occupation: Barber; Residence: New York City; Hair: Light; Eyes: Blue; Complexion: Light; Height: 5'4"; Remarks: Deserted 8-27-62.

Privates

Name

Remarks (All mustered in on 29 August 1861, except where noted.)

George Arensberg

Wounded at Gettysburg and had foot amputated. Mustered out with company, 15 August 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age: 18; Occupation: Glass Blower; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; [No other personal information provided].

Listed as George Armsberg in Bates and CWVCF.

George Arensberg was born either in Baden or Hesse Kessel (possibly his mother's birthplace instead of George's) and immigrated with his family to the United States in 1843 as an infant. Arensberg was awarded a sword by the people of Birmingham to honor his civil war service. He died  24 November 1908.

If he had his foot amputated after Gettysburg and still mustered out with the company more than a year later, he must have been  in recovery or one tough soldier. It also appears to be the same George Armburg/Arnesberg who served in Company C, 14th Cavalry Regiment Pennsylvania on 7 September 1864 and transfered in Company F, 47th Infantry Regiment Pennsylvania on 12 February 1865. Pension file card for George Armsburg does not list service in the 62d. There is no census record for a George Armsberg.

Buried in Zimmerman (Birmingham) Cemetery, Pittsburgh.

Thanks to Cheryl Arensberg for the additional information about this volunteer.

Francis Bagley

Deserted 12 July 1863

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 20; Occupation: Miner; Residence: Liverpool, Ohio; Hair: Light; Eyes: Blue; Complexion: Light; Height: 5'9"

Brother of Lysander. Listed in 1850 Liverpool census as son of Abija and Ruth Bagley.

Lysander Bagley

Mustered out with company, 15 August 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 23; Occupation: Miner; Residence: Liverpool, Ohio.; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: Rolls spell last name Bagley.

Bates spells last name Bageley, but Bagley appears to be correct. Brother of Francis. Listed in 1850 Liverpool census as son of Abija and Ruth Bagley.

Volney Ball
portrait of Volney Ball

Mustered in on 10 July 1863. Listed in Bates as being transferred to 91st regiment P. V., 20 July 1864, but not listed on transfer orders or in 91st roster. Instead according to note in CWVCR, he transferred to the artillery, instead.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 18; Occupation: Laborer; Residence: Liverpool, Ohio; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: Transferred to Battery C. Mass. Arty.

Charles Balzer

Transferred to Veteran Reserve Corps, 13 November 1863.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 18; Occupation: Carver; Residence: Birmingham, Pa..; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: (Transf. Vet. Res. Corps. 11-13-63, Bates). Alph. Roll shows last name as: Balser. M. I. Roll shows last name as: Bolser.

Adolph Bankerd

Mustered in on 10 February 1862. Wounded in foot sometime in 1863, probably at Gettysburg. When transferred to 91st regiment P. V., 20 July 1864, he was listed as absent. Instead he served in the 2 Battalion Veteran Res. Corp.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 22; Occupation: Glassblower; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]

Name listed as Bankers on the transfer orders. Census records confirm Bankerd as correct spelling. Census records also indicate that in 1870 he was a glassblower living with his wife Caroline and two daughters in Birmingham. By 1880 he had moved to Richland, Ohio County, WV, where he was a gardener and now had four children. By 1900 he had moved to Knoxville, Allegheny County, where he was now a glass gatherer.

William Black

Mustered out with company, 15 August 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 40; Occupation: Gentleman; Residence: Pittsburgh, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]

Listed as Hill. Black in Bates.

Robert Bleadenheiser

Wounded, missing in action at Battle of Laurel Hill (Spottsylvania Court House), 12 May 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 18; Occupation: Laborer; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]

Bates lists name as Bleadingheiser. Pension file record, filed by his mother in June 1866, spells last name Bleadenheiser. Shenkel spelled it Bleadinghiser.

Charles Bleadenheiser

Discharged on Surgeon's Certificate, 29 December 1862

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 22; Occupation: Glassblower; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]

Bates lists name as C. Bleadingheiser.

John Blum

Drafted, Mustered in 10 July 1863. Transferred to Company K, 91st regiment P. V., 20 July 1864. Mustered out with company 10 July 1865.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 23; Occupation: Laborer; Residence: Birmington, Pa. (Born) Germany; Hair: Brown; Eyes: Blue; Complexion: Dark; Height: 5'5 1/2"; Remarks: Trans. from Co. L. 62 P.V. 7-20-64. Se letter from W.D. on file dated 6-8-86.

According to the 91st P.V. regimental letters book, Private John Blum was charged with absence without leave on or about the 10 October 1864 after failing to report to his company following a 10 day furlough to Birmingham due to sickness in his family. He was arrested as a deserter and forwarded under guard to his regiment near Petersburg, Va., 9 January 1865. This action did not prevent him from receiving a pension in 1884. Blum died 4 June 1922 in Pittsburgh.

George Bonshire

Killed at Gaines Mill

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 25; Occupation: Laborer; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; [No other personal information provided] [Last name spelled Boonshire on card, with cross reference from Bonshire.]

Likely to be brother of Corp. Henry Bonshire. If so, he was born in Prussia.

William Boyd

Wounded at The Wilderness, 5 May 1864. Mustered out with company, 15 August 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age: 28; Occupation: Glass Blower; Residence: Birmington, Pa.; [No other personal information provided].

Samuel M. Brubaker

Mustered out with company, 15 August 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age: 26; Occupation: Puddler; Residence: Birmington, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: (Pr. Corp. 9-15-62. Bates).

James Bryer

Mustered out with company, 15 August 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age: 18; Occupation: Glass Blower; Residence: Birmington, Pa.; [No other personal information provided].

Charles Buch

Discharged on Surgeon's Certificate, 27 February 1864 (Possibly an alias for John C. Buch, who according to records in Allegheny Cemetery, Lawrenceville, Pa, was a private in Company L. Buch died 6 October 1910.)

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866 [underr Charles Buck]: Age: 23; Occupation: Pilot; Residence: Birmington, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: (Disc. on S. C. of D. Bates). Rolls show last name as: Buch.

Last name spelled Buck in Bates. Pension Index Card confirms Buch as correct spelling of his last name. He filed for an invalid pension on 2 February 1873.

Reuben Chafee

Drafted; Mustered in at Butler, Pa., on 10 July 1863; Transferred to Company K, 91st regiment P. V., 20 July 1864 Mustered out with company 10 July 1865.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 21; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: Trans. from Co. L. 62 P. V. 7-20-64.

According to the descriptive rolls for company K, 91st P.V.: Age at Enrollment: 28; Occupation: Laborer; Residence: (born) Pennsylvania; Hair: Dark; Eyes: Grey; Complexion: Florid; Height: 5'7"

According to the 1890 US Census Veterans Schedule, Chafee was then living in Greenville, Mercer County. His wife Sarah applied for a widow's pension on 18 February 1907.

Joseph Cole

Transferred to gunboat service, 17 February 1862

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 21; Occupation: Ship Carpenter; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: Trans to Western Gun Boat Service (2-17-62 Bates) as Pvt.

Jeremiah Corsin

Killed at Gaines Mill

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 26; Occupation: Glass Blower; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: Killed in action at Gaines Hill [sic], Va. 6-27-62. Coursin in Register. Corson in M. I.

William Coulclough

Deserted, date unknown

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: [unable to locate card under spelling in Bates.]

Abashe Cowen
portrait of Abashe Cowen

Killed at Spottsyvania Court House.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 23; Occupation: Glassblower; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: Name as Cowan In Register.

Called Bash by Shenkel, who married Cowen's sister after the war. Shenkel indicates in his diary that Cowen was a great forager (he had great luck obtaining fat hogs) and also made note of something that sounds very much like a hangover that caused Bash to miss a Sunday service. Shenkel noted that Bash was wounded and missing at the Battle of Laurel Hill rather than that he had been killed. Laurel Hill was the first day of the of Battle of Spottsylvania.

George S. Dawson

Substitute. Mustered in on 28 August 1863. Detailed for duty in the provost guard at brigade headquarters from 4 July 1864 at least through September 1864, if not longer. Transferred to Company K, 91st regiment P. V., 20 July 1864, but deatiled to Division Headquarters provost guard in June 1865. Mustered out with company 10 July 1865.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866 [under K - 91 I]: Age at Enrollment: 21; [no other personal information listed. No residence listed, but mustered in at Venango County.]

According to the descriptive rolls for company K, 91st P.V.: Age at Enrollment: 19; Occupation: Laborer; Residence: Venango County, Pa; Hair: Light; Eyes: Blue; Complexion: Light; Height: 5'7 1/2"

Philip Demmel

Mustered in on 28 December 1863. Wounded at The Wilderness, 5 May 1864. Transferred to Company K, 91st regiment P. V., 20 July 1864. He was on duty as a teamster in the brigade commissary at the time. Promoted to corporal in April 1865. Mustered out with company 10 July 1865.Veteran volunteer.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 18; Occupation: Printer; Residence: Birmington, Pa.; Hair: Dark; Eyes: Dark; Complexion: Light; Height: 5'9"; Remarks: Re-enlisted 12-28-63 at Licken Run, Va. (Trans. to 91st Rgt. P.V. 7-20-64. Bates)

According to Census records he was born in Bavaria but emigrated with his family when he was two years old. After the war he returned to Birmingham and became a policeman and later a detective. Last name is spelled both Demmel and Demmell in different censuses.

John Doring

Mustered in on 10 March 1863. Transferred to Company K, 91st regiment P. V., 20 July 1864. Promoted to Corporal 1 April 1865. Mustered out with company 10 July 1865.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866 [under K - 91 I]: Age at Enrollment: 25; Occupation: Glassblower; Residence: Birmingham, Pa. (Born) Pittsburgh; Hair: Dark; Eyes: Blue; Complexion: Dark; Height: [not listed]: Remarks: Trans. from Co. L. 62 P.V. 7-20-64. Pr. Corp. 4-1-65.

According to the descriptive rolls for company K, 91st P.V.: Height: 5"8"

According to pension index card, he was living in Kentucky in 1889 when he applied for an invalid pension.

Listed in Bates both in Company L and in Unassigned Soldiers.

William Downs

Discharged on Surgeon's Certificate, 2 June 1862

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 31; Occupation: Glass Blower; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: (Discharged S.C. of D. Bates). Rolls spell last name Downes.

William Duvall

Mustered out with company, 15 August 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 34; Occupation: Roller; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]

Henry Erbe

Mustered out with company, 15 August 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 19; Occupation: Laborer; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]

Peter Grimm

Mustered out with company, 15 August 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 25; Occupation: Laborer; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]

William Grine

Discharged on Surgeon's Certificate, 4 November 1863 for wounds received at Gaines Mill.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 20; Occupation: Blacksmith; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; Hair: Black; Eyes: Black; Complexion: Dark; Height: 5'10 1/2"

Pension index record indicates Grine was correct spelling. Named spelled Grein in Bates for Company L, but Grine for Unassigned Soldiers. After leaving the 62d, according to the index card, he joined the Independent Battery E, Pennsylvania Light Artillery. His wife Mary filed for the pension in 1909(?) in Pennsylvania.

George Haas

Killed, date unknown.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 22; Occupation: Roller; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: (Killed, date unknown, Bates). Rolls spell last name: Hass.

John Hager

Killed at The Wilderness, 5 May 1864; buried in the Fredericksburg National Cemetery.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 19; Occupation: Laborer; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]: Remarks: (Killed at Wilderness, Va. 5-5-64 buried in Wilderness Burial grounds. Bates).

Christopher Hare

Discharged on Surgeon's Certificate, 16 February 1863.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 23; Occupation: Glass Blower; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]

Brother of Ernest and Jacob. Name spelled Hair in M. I. Roll.

Ernest Hare

Mustered out with company, 15 August 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 32; Occupation: Master Teaser [which, I understand, was something of a trouble shooter in the glass making industry]; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]

Brother of Christopher and Jacob. Name spelled Hair in M. I. Roll.

Jacob Hare

Wounded at The Wilderness, 5 May 1864. Mustered out with company, 15 August 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 27; Occupation: Flatner of glass; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]

Brother of Christopher and Ernest. Name spelled Hair in M. I. Roll.

Milford Harris
portrait of Melford B Harris

Previously served in Company B, 13th P.V. Infantry (3 Months). Wounded at the Battle of Laurel Hill, 12 May 1864. Muster in as Sergeant; reduced in ranks, date unknown. Mustered out with company, 15 August 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 21; Occupation: Tailor; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: Reduced in Ranks, (date unknown). Rolls spell first name Millford.

Census and pension file records indicate Milford as the correct spelling of his first name. Pension index card indicate that he filed for an invalid pension on 11 November 1864 and that his wife Lizzie filed for a widow's pension on 8 February 1892. Family records, however, reported by his great great granddaughter Connie Weir suggest his name was Melford B. Harris.

John Harrow

Wounded at the Battle of Laurel Hill, 12 May 1864. Mustered out with company, 15 August 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 23; Occupation: Glass Blower; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]

Henry Henry

Mustered out with company, 15 August 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 21; Occupation: Roller; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]

Ross Hexenbaugh

Mustered out with company, 15 August 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 38; Occupation: Glass Blower; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: Hixenbaugh in Register.

Orlando M. Jones

Deserted 20 February 1863; returned 20 April 1983; deserted again 17 May 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 23; Occupation: Flint Blower; Residence: Birmingham, Pa; Hair: Light; Eyes: Grey; Complexion: Light; Height: 5'6"; Remarks: Deserted, (5-17-64. Bates).

Jacob Karch

Discharged on Surgeon's Certificate, 12 July 1862.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 19; Occupation: Roller; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: Dis. S.C. of D. M.I. Roll spells last name Karsh.

Pension Index Card confirms Karch as correct spelling of surname. Karch filed for an invalid pension in 1880. Born in Bavaria according to 1870 Census for East Birmingham, Pa. He was then a "Ret. Grocer," married and father of a 3-year old son.

William Kirchner

Captured during Discharged on Surgeon's Certificate, 26 October 1862. Mustered in as private in Company D, 4th Pennsylvania Cavalry, 10 February 1865. Mustered out 1 July 1865.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 18; Occupation: Nail Cutter; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: Dis. for Disability. M.I. Register gives name as Kirchner. [Additional information from D 4 Cav card] Age at Enrollment: 20; Occupation: Corker; Residence: (Born) Allegheny County; Hair: Light; Eyes: Grey; Complexion: Fair; Height: 5'7"

Listed as "Kinchner Wm." on the register of Sick and Wounded Prisoners of War from Pennsylvania Delivered on Parole at City Point, Va., July 19, 1862, signed by Jas. D. Cullen, Chief Surgeon of General Longstreet's Corps, C. S. A. Remarks indicated his wound was "Ankle."

Name spelled "Wm. Kerchner" in Bates. Pension index card confirms service in the cavalry and Kirchner as correct spelling of name.

A field drum with his name on it that was being auctioned in 2009 indicates he might have served as a drummer.

Francis Kerrer [listed as Francis Kerer
in 91st P.V. roster]

Drafted. Mustered in on 10 July 1863. Possibly wounded at the Battle of Laurel Hill, 12 May 1864 [if Francis Kave, as listed in Shenkel's diary, was actually Francis Kerrer or Kerer]. Transferred to Company K, 91st regiment P. V., 20 July 1864. Mustered out with company 10 July 1865.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866 [from K - 91 I card]: Age at Enrollment: 32; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: Trans. from Co. L. P.V. 7-20-64. Rolls also spell last name Kerrer.

Melcher Kimm

Died at Birmingham, Pa., date unknown.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 28; Occupation: Master Teaser; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: (Died at Birmingham, Pa. No date. Bates).

Elnathan Kirby

Wounded and missing in action at Spottsylvania Court House, 12 May 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 20; Occupation: Potter; Residence: Liverpool, Ohio.; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: (Missing in action at Spottsylvania C. H. 5-12-64. Btes). M.I. gives name as Kirbe.

Martin Knittle

Drafted. Mustered in on 10 July 1863. Wounded at The Wilderness, 5 May 1864. Transferred to Company K, 91st regiment P. V., 20 July 1864. Mustered out with company 10 July 1865.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 22; [No other personal information provided]

According to the descriptive rolls for company K, 91st P.V.: Age at Enrollment: 22; Occupation: Roller; Residence: Pittsburgh, Pa; Hair: Sandy; Eyes: Hazel; Complexion: Dark; Height: 5'6"

According to the 1890 US Census Veterans Schedule, he was then living in Pittsburgh, and had a disability from having been wounded in the leg during the war.

Henry A. Levake

Transferred to Veteran Reserve Corps, 1 December 1863.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 18; Occupation: Nail Cutter; Residence: Birmingham, Pa..; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: Trans. to Vet. Res. Corps. 12-1-63. Bates). Rolls give name as Lavake.

J. H. Lithead

Died before first battle, at Birgade Hospital, 17 November 1861.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 21; Occupation: News Dealer; Residence: Birmingham, Pa..; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: Died 11-7-61. (Brigade Hospital. Bates). Rolls give name as Leithead, George H. Jr.

John Long

May have served previously in Company L, 13th Pennsylvania Infantry (3-months). Mustered out with company, 15 August 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 18; Occupation: Glass Blower; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; [No other personal information provided].

Died 11 April 1919, according to Proceedings of the 54th Annual Encampment of the Department of Pennsylvania Grand Army of the Republic (Indiana, 1920).

There is some confusion concerning John Long, since there were three volunteers by that name in the regiment.

George Lutz

Killed at Malvern Hill.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 23; Occupation: Farmer; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: Killed in action at Malvern Hill, Va. (date unknown).

John S. McFarland

Mustered in on 9 December 1863. Wounded near Petersburg, Va., 19 June 1864. Transferred to Company K, 91st reg. P. V., 20 July 1864. Discharged 2 February 1865 on surgeon's certificate.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 31; Occupation: Carpenter; Residence: (Born) Wash. County; Hair: Dark; Eyes: Hazel; Complexion: Fair; Height: 5'8 1/2"; Remarks: Trans. from Co. L, 62 P.V. 7-20-64. Disc. S.C. of D.

His wife Jane Craney applied for a widow's pension on 2 August 1888.

George McIntosh

Killed at Gettysburg; buried in Gettysburg National Cemetery, section D, Grave 81.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 26; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: (Killed at Gettysburg 7-2-63, buried in National Cemetery, Section "D" grave 81. Bates).

Jacob Mack

Killed at Gaines Mill, 27 June 1862.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 27; Occupation: Boatman; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: Killed in action 6-27-62 at Gaines Mill, Va.

John Mathers

Previously served in Company B, 13th Pennsylvania Infantry (3 Month), 25 April 1861 to 6 August 1861. Killed at Gettysburg; buried in Gettysburg National Cemetery, section D, Grave 80.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 25; Occupation: Glass Blower; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: Pr. to Sgt. (date unknown). (Killed at Gettysburg, 7-2-63. Buried in Natl. Cem. Section "D" Grave 80. Bates).

August Metzell
(also spelled Matzel and Matsel)

Wounded at the Wilderness, 5 May 1864. Mustered out with company, 15 August 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 18; Occupation: Glass Blower; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: Rolls give name as Mitzel, August.

Henry Miller

Previously served in Company D, 13th Pennsylvania Infantry (3 Month), 25 April 1861 to 6 August 1861. Drafted. Mustered in on 10 July 1863. Transferred to Company K, 91st regiment P. V., 20 July 1864. Mustered out with company 10 July 1865.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 24; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: Trans. from Co. L. 62nd P,V. 7-20-64.

According to the descriptive rolls for company K, 91st P.V.: Age at Enrollment: 24; Occupation: Roller; Residence: Allegheny (County), Pa..; Hair: Dark; Eyes: Brown; Complexion: Dark; Height: 5'5 1/8"

Although he was reported absent on 30 April 1865 for not returning from a furlough that expired 2 April 1865, his name seems to be crossed out and no court-martial was held. His widow applied for a pension in 1910.

Rush Morgan

Discharged for disability 16 February 1863.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 24; Occupation: Gentleman; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: Discharged for Disability.

George Morley

Mustered out with company, 15 August 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 18; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: M.I. gives name as Moreley.

Robert Morley

Mustered in on 25 February 1864. Transferred to Company K, 91st regiment P. V., 20 July 1864. Mustered out with company 10 July 1865.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 19; Occupation: Carpenter; Residence: Franklin Twp., Beaver Co. (Born) Birmingham, Pa.; Hair: Dark; Eyes: Grey; Complexion: Fair; Height: 5'3"; Remarks: Trans. from Co. L, 62 P.V. 7-20-64.

The 1910 US census lists him as living in the National Home Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, Danville, Illinois. He died there on 29 January 1916, according to pension records.

Mike Pastorius

Mustered out with company, 15 August 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 28; Occupation: Glass Blower; Residence: Birmingham, Pa..; [No other personal information provided]

James Plunkett

Discharged on Surgeon's Certificate, 6 May 1862

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 31; Occupation: Glass Blower; Residence: Birmingham, Pa..; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: Disc. S.C.of D. Rolls spell last name: Plunket.

John Puff

Mustered out with company, 15 August 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 22; Occupation: Glass Blower; Residence: Birmingham, Pa..; [No other personal information provided]

George Rich

Mustered out with company, 15 August 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 19; Occupation: Glass Blower; Residence: Birmingham, Pa..; [No other personal information provided].

Jacob Rich

Previously served in Company B, 13th Pennsylvania Infantry (3-month). Killed at Gaines Mill.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 18; Occupation: Glass Blower [listed as Puddler on B-13 I card]; Residence: Birmingham, Pa..; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: (Killed at Gaines Mill, Va. 6-27-62. Bates).

John B. Robinson

Prviously seved in Company A, 12th Pennsylvania Infantry 3 month). Mustered out with company, 15 August 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 27; Occupation: Miner; Residence: Birmingham, Pa..; [No other personal information provided]

Patrick Rogers

Discharged on Surgeon's Certificate, 30 December 1862.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 40; Occupation: Miner; Residence: Birmingham, Pa..; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: Dis. for Disability. M.I. gives name as Rodgers.

Amos W. Savage

Previously served in company C 2d Maryland Infantry, enlisting on 15 July 1861 and serving for 3 months. Mustered in on 10 July 1863 as a substitute. Transferred to Company K, 91st regiment P. V., 20 July 1864. Detailed to Corps Headquarters Provost Guard June 1864. Absent at muster out, by sentence of a general court martial.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age: 27; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: Trans. from Co. L. 62 P.V. 7-20-64. Absent by sentence G.C. M. at M.O.

According to the descriptive rolls for company K, 91st P.V.: Age at Enrollment: 28; Occupation: Shoemak.; Residence: Allegheny, Pa..; Hair: Brown; Eyes: Blue; Complexion: Florid; Height: 5'11 1/2"

He was likely court-martialed for absence without leave, but that is speculation only. That would be ironic, since as a member of the Provost Guard one of his duties would have been to guard or search for deserters. It is also possible that he spend his time in the Provost Guard in the hospital. The court-martial likely cost him a pension. He applied 29 May 1882, but was denied. The 1890 U.S. Census veterans' schedule lists him as living in New Haven, Fayette County, Pa.

John Schwartz

Mustered in on 10 July 1863. Wounded near Bethesda Church, 3 June 1864. Transferred to Company K, 91st regiment P. V., 20 July 1864. Joined his new company on 9 September 1864, he from being absent, wounded. Promoted 1 April 1865 to corporal. Mustered out with company 10 July 1865

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age: 25; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: Trans. from Co. L. 62 P.V. 7-20-64. Pr. Corp. 4-1-65.

According to the descriptive rolls for company K, 91st P.V.: Age at Enrollment: 23; Occupation: Helper; Residence: (born) Butler County, Pa..; Hair: Dark; Eyes: Grey; Complexion: Dark; Height: 5'7 3/4 "

Name listed as Swartz in one record.

Charles Shearing

Mustered out with company, 15 August 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 18; Occupation: Nail Cutter; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: M.I. gives name as Sheering.

Thomas Sheilds

Discharged on Surgeon's Certificate, 18 July 1863

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 28; Occupation: Glass Blower; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]: Remarks: (S.C. of D. Bates).

Joseph Shuck

Mustered out with company, 15 August 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 20; Occupation: Laborer; Residence: Pittsburgh; [No other personal information provided]; Pr. Sgt. (date unknown).

Henry Slocum

Previously served as Private in Company B, 13th P.V. Infantrt (3 month). Transferred to Veteran Reserve Corps, 5 September 1863.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 32; Occupation: Glass Cutter; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: (Trans. to Vet. Res. Corps. 9-5-63. Bates).

Jeremiah Smith

Captured at Gainseville, 27 June 1862, as evidenced by Private Jerry Smith being listed on register of Prisoners Received at C. S. Prison [Richmond?] on June 27th and 29th, 1862. Discharged on Surgeon's Certificate, 30 July 1863

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 30; Occupation: Glass Blower; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: Disc. on S. C. of D.

Jacob Steinbrecht

Mustered out with company, 15 August 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 35; Occupation: Pot Maker; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: Steinbrack on rolls.

C. Stephenson

Drafted; Mustered in on 10 July 1863. Discharged on Surgeon's certificate, 19 November 1863.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: [No personal information provided]; Remarks: Dis. S.C. of D. (All information on this card is taken from Bates) No further record available.

David C. Steward

Transferred to gunboat service 17 February 1862.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 19; Occupation: Boatman; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: Detailed on Western Gun Boat Service. Pr. to Ord.

Henry Sweikert

Mustered out with company, 15 August 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 22; Occupation: Laborer; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: M.I. gives name as Sweigert.

Henry C. Tafel

Killed at Gettysburg, 2 July 1863. Buried in Gettysburg National Cemetery, section F, Grave 63.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 19; Occupation: Roller; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; Remarks: Promoted to Sgt. (date unknown). Rolls show name as Taffil.

Bates also lists H.C. Tafel in Company I and the grave number 53. The National Cemetery Administration. U.S. Veterans Cemeteries online database (part of Ancestry.com) indicates Grave 50 for Henry C. Tafel of Company L.

Robert Tarr

Drafted. Mustered in on 16 July 1863. Discharged on Surgeon's Certificate, 19 November 1863

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: No personal information listed.

John Taylor

Absent, in hospital, at muster-out

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 23; Occupation: Boiler Maker; Residence: Harrisburg, Pa. [No other personal information provided].

Benjamin Thomas

Wounded near Bethesa Church, 30 May 1864. Absent, in hospital, at muster-out

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 21; Occupation: Puddler; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.. [No other personal information provided].

Shenkel calls him Benny.

Frederick Thoma, aka Frederick Thomas

Discharged on Surgeon's Certificate, 4 February 1863

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 18; Occupation: Shoe Maker; Residence: Birmingham, Pa. [No other personal information provided].

Listed as Thomas in Bates, but pension record indicates his name was Thoma. Married Adaline Thoma. Died 25 March 1913. Buried in St. George's Cemetery in Allegheny County.

Died 25 March 1913, according to Proceedings of the 48th Annual Encampment of the Department of Pennsylvania Grand Army of the Republic (Indiana, 1914), where his name is listed as "Fred. Thomas."

William Thomas

Mustered out with company, 15 August 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 19; Occupation: Laborer; Residence: Birmingham, Pa. [No other personal information provided].

Henry Thomson

Discharged on Surgeon's Certificate, 3 October 1862

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 22; Occupation: Potter; Residence: Liverpool, Ohio; [No other personal information provided]; Remarks: Rolls show last name as Thompson.

John Thursby

Killed at Malvern Hill

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 19; Occupation: Glass Blower; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]. [card indicates he mustered in as a corporal.]

John Thursby also served as a private in Company B of the 13th Pennsylvania Infantry (3 month).

Brother or relative of Corporal Samuel Thursby who also died at Malvern Hill?

William Tucker

Drafted. Mustered in on 16 July 1863. Wounded at The Wilderness, 5 May 1864. Transferred to Company K, 91st regiment P. V., 20 July 1864. Absent, sick, at muster out.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 29; Occupation: Boatman; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; [No other personal information provided].

George Unks

Wounded at the Battle of Laurel Hill, 12 May 1864.

Not listed in Bates. No information in CWVCF concerning transfer, discharge, or muster out.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 29; Occupation: Glass Blower; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; [No other personal information provided].

James Unks in Company B was also a glassblower from Birmingham, but I have not been able to determine a relationship.

John Wehmer

Died before first battle, at Georgetown, 1 October 1861

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 19; Occupation: Brick Maker; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; Remarks: Died at College Hospital, Washington, D. C. Wener on alpha roll; Wehner on muster out roll.

George Weisenberger

Discharged on Surgeon's Certificate, 20 June 1862

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 33; Occupation: Laborer; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.;[No other personal information provided]; Remarks: Dis. of disability; M.I.gives name as Whaitimberger.

John Williams

Captured at Gainseville, 27 June 1862, as evidenced by his being listed on register of Prisoners Received at C. S. Prison [Richmond?] on June 27th and 29th, 1862. Mustered out with company, 15 August 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age: 25; Occupation: Laborer; Residence: Birmingham; [No other personal information provided].

Oliver Williams

Mustered out with company, 15 August 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age: 27; Occupation: Glass Blower; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; [No other personal information provided].

Peter Wilson

Mustered in on 11 December 1863. Wounded at The Wilderness, 5 May 1864. Transferred to Company K, 91st P. V. 20 July 1864. Reported absent sick 30 April 1865, and in June was detailed to Division Headquarters Provost Guard in hospital. Mustered out with company 10 July 1865.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 37; Occupation: Coal Digger; Residence: (Born) Scotland; Hair: Fair; Eyes: Blue; Complexion: Fair; Height: 5'2 3/4"

I believe a clerical error was made, and Peter Wilson was listed as mustering in to both Company F and Company L.

Died 3 April 1872. Pension records indicate his widow's name was Christina.

Adam Young

Died before first battle, at Hall's Hill, 1 October 1861

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age: 18; Occupation: Glass Blower; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]. Remarks: Died 10-11-61 at Halls Hill

Frederick Zimmerman

Discharged on Surgeon's Certificate, 11 December 1863

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866 [under Fred Zimmerman]: Age: 21; Occupation: Blacksmith; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; [No other personal information provided]. Disc. on S.C. of D.

Sources

Bates, Samuel Penniman. History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-5. Volume III. Harrisburg: B. Singerly, state printer, 1869-71; reprinted Wilmington, NC: Broadfoot, 1993.

Brookes, Timothy R., edited by Donald McCann. "Memories of the War: Jacob Shenkel's Gettysburg Diary: The Last Shot?" Incidents of the War 2 (Fall 1987): 8-30.

Ide, Harry. The 91st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. Harry maintains a masterful Web site that contains the results of painstaking research he has undertaken using archival materials such as regimental order books, plus letters and diaries written by members of the 91st and newspaper accounts. There is a chronological account and pages devoted to each volunteer. I am indebted Harry Ide for much of the information biographical information listed for soldiers of Company L who later served in the 91st P.V.

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