George S. Bishop - Civil War Letters

George S. Bishop was born in New York (abt. 1836) and was a resident of Oakfield Township, Kent County by 1850.   He lived with his parents Edmond and Sophronia Bishop (per 1850 census) just over the county line from Montcalm County on what is now M57 west of Greenville.

George enlisted as a Private on September 10, 1861 at the age of 25, and in Company F, 2nd Cavalry Regiment Michigan on October 02 1861.   Family stories indicate George fell off a river boat on his way home after the war ended and he drowned.

The following links take you to transcriptions of letters George wrote home while he was in the Civil War.

Benton Barracks, St. Louis, Mo., December 31, 1861  (page 1)
Benton Barracks  (page 2)
Benton Barracks, St. Louis, Mo., January 13, 1862  (page 3)
New Madrid, Mo., March 18, 1862  (page 4)
New Madrid, Mo., March 28, 1862  (page 5)
Pittsburgh Landing, Tennessee, April 25, 1862  (page 6)
Triune, Tennessee, June 14, 1862  (page 7)
Camp Near Rienzi, Mississippi, August 4, 1862  (page 8)
Corinth, Mississippi, August 18, 1862  (page 9)
Riener, Mississippi, September 5, 1862  (page 10)
Louisville, Kentucky, November 13, 1862  (page 11)
Louisville, Kentucky, December 4, 1862  (page 12)
Franklin, Tennessee, March 15, 1863  (page 13)
Franklin, Tennessee, May 18, 1863  (page 14)
Franklin, Tennessee, May, 1863  (page 15)
Hospital #8, Ward 3, Nashville, Tennessee, Nov. 21, 1863  (page 16)
Washington, June 11, 1864  (page 17)
Knoxville, Tennessee, March 29, 1865  (page 18)
Knoxville, Tennessee, May 21, 1865  (page 19)
Knoxville, Tennessee, May 28, 1865  (page 20)
Lenior Station, June 8, 1865  (page 21)
Lenios, Tennessee, June 18, 1865  (page 22)
Sweetwater, Tennessee, July 28, 1865  (page 23)
Sweetwater, Tennessee, August 1, 1865  (page 24)
Sweetwater, Tennessee, August 6, 1865  (page 25)
Sweetwater, Tennessee, August 9, 1865  (page 26)


Below is a listing of the "local" people George mentions in his letters:
Barnum, Charles page 19
Blanchard, Edwin page 9, 11
Corbin, Dwight page 11
Crains, George page 11
Forge, Dan page 12
Fuller, Orville page 19
Gould, Nathaniel page 11
Morgan, Sid page 11
Rupman, George page 11
Sabin, Mr. page 12
Satterlee, Demas page 18, 19, 22, 25
Satterlee, James page 21
Satterlee, Marcus page 19
Scott, Dr. page 18
Shons, Mr. page 18, 19
Williams, Barnum page 11
Ziegenfuss, Thomas page 21