Group of Items Pertaining to Pvt John Short, 42nd PA Infantry

Here’s a really neat group of items pertaining to Private John Short of the 42nd Pennsylvania Infantry. John had a very busy military career. John Short was also known by another name which is noted in his service records under the alternative name of John Donahoe.

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Here’s a really neat group of items pertaining to Private John Short of the 42nd Pennsylvania Infantry. John had a very busy military career. John Short was also known by another name which is noted in his service records under the alternative name of John Donahoe. While “John Short” is not listed in the 42nd Pennsylvania, “John Donahoe” is. He would muster as a corporal with the regiment in May 1861. By November of 1862, he had been discharged for a disability. It appears he next enlisted in the 44th Pennsylvania Infantry under the name John Donahoe as well in July 1863. His enlistment would be short. He would be discharged the following month. He would next enlist in the 169th New York Infantry under the name of “John Short”. Here his last name is listed under the alternative last names of “Short”, “Donahue”, and “Donhoe”. Why he would use so many last names to enlist seems to be a mystery but the military was obviously aware of it. Very confusing. He would serve with the 169th from August of 64′ until his discharge in June 1865. This grouping consists of a carte view of John, his brass stencil and his bible which he stenciled with the very stencil included here. The carte view dates to his time serving with the 42nd. Brass insignia pinned to the front of his cap reads “42 P.V.I.” and is back marked out of York, PA. The stencil itself measures approx. 1″ x 2.5″. The bible is dated 1862 and is in remarkable condition. The binding is solid on this one with both the front and back cover nearly immaculate. Paperwork is included with this one which lists his numerous last names and enlistments. Really neat grouping.

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