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Collection Guides: John E. Bisbee Papers, 1862 - 1864

John E. Bisbee Papers, 1862 - 1864

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Collection Guide

John E. Bisbee Papers, 1862 – 1864


Historical Sketch

John Elliot Bisbee was born in Chesterfield, Massachusetts in 1844 to Osman and Sophia Damon Bisbee. He had three brothers, Rockwell DeLong, Melvin Gardner and Adelbert I. Bisbee and one sister, Melissa E. Bisbee. He served in the Civil War in the Massachusetts 52nd Regiment, Company I. He took part in the Port Hudson Campaign and also was a member of the Banks Expedition during the war. He died on March 14, 1888 in Chesterfield, Massachusetts.


This collection consists of photocopies of Civil War era letters that were written between 1862 and 1864 to and from various family members. Some of the letters were from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and may have originated in New Orleans, Louisiana during the Civil War. The collection is housed in 3 archival folders. It is thought the these letters that were addressed to "Brother" were to John's brother Rockwell.


The collection was donated by Mr. Craig Nehring on November 9, 1970. It is likely that these documents are photocopies from Mr. Nehring’s personal collection.


The collection is arranged by date.

Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions; however, there is a note on these documents asking that these letters not be published.


United States – History – Civil War, 1861 – 1865



June 13, 2012

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