(1833 - 1914)
Home State: Virginia
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 37th Virginia Infantry
He enlisted and mustered as Private, Company E, 37th Virginia Infantry in Rose Hill, VA on 22 May 1861. He was promoted to 4th Corporal in August 1861 and First Sergeant on 15 March 1862.
On the Campaign
He was wounded in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He was noted as absent, wounded, to at least December 1862, and was reduced to Private, date not known. In about June 1864, after no further record with the 37th Infantry, he enrolled in the 25th Virginia Cavalry as Captain, Company I. He was wounded 4 times and was paroled on 29 April 1865.
After the War
He lived in Longfield, VA and moved to Artesia, NM in 1905.
References & notes
His service from Rankin1 via the Historical Data Systems database, and Dobbie E. Lambert's 25th Virginia Cavalry (1994) as Elisha S. Bishop. His Sharpsburg wound from a casualty list in the Abingdon Virginian of 3 October 1862 online from the Library of Congress. Personal details from the Confederate Veteran of January 1914 [online], as Elisha S. Bishop, and family genealogists, at least one of whom has his birth place as Guilford County, NC. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from a photograph in Miller.2
He married Cynthia Jane "Jennie" Wygal (1849-1907) in 1872 and they had 6 children, all born in Lee County, VA 1874-84.
07/18/1833; Lee County, VA
11/16/1914 Artesia, NM; burial in Woodbine Cemetery, Artesia, Eddy County, NM
1 Rankin, Thomas M., 37th Virginia Infantry, Lynchburg: H.E. Howard, Inc., 1987 [AotW citation 21795]
2 Miller, Francis Trevelyan, editor in chief, Photographic History of the Civil War, 10 vols., New York: The Review of Reviews Co., 1911-12, Vol. 5, pg. 165 [AotW citation 21796]