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General William Henry  Bisbee

General William Henry Bisbee

Male 1840 - 1942  (102 years)

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  • Name William Henry Bisbee  [1, 2
    Title General 
    Born 20 Jan 1840  Woonsocket, Providence, Rhode Island, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Alt. Birth 28 Jan 1840 
    Alt. Birth 
    • According To William, Himself
    Census 13 Aug 1850  Smithfield, Providence, Rhode Island, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Census 21 Jun 1880  Fort Steele, Carbon, Wyoming, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Census 9 Apr 1930  Brookline, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Died 11 Jun 1942  Brookline, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 7
    General William Henry Bisbee Obituary
    General William Henry Bisbee Obituary
    Boston Globe, 1942
    Buried Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 7
    General William Henry Bisbee Memorial
    General William Henry Bisbee Memorial
    View it at Find A Grave
    Person ID I4847  Bisbee
    Last Modified 8 Dec 2012 

    Father William Orson Bisbee,   b. 28 Aug 1805, Plainfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1898, Waterford Township, Camden, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Mother Harriet Miriam Ballou,   b. 27 Sep 1807, , , Rhode Island, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Feb 1853  (Age 45 years) 
    Married 22 Sep 1831  Cumberland, Providence, Rhode Island, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    • Married at home of bride's father by Rev. Jacob Freize of Providence, Rhode Island. [1, 2]
    Family ID F1548  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Lucy Katherine Shade,   b. 10 Feb 1842, Salem, Marion, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jan 1917, Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)  [2
    Married 3 Sep 1862  Columbus, Franklin, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 8
    • Married by J. M. Jameson. Information on the Wm. H. Bisbee family from M. Virginia Vanis, Pahoa, Hawaii. [2, 8]
    Children 
     1. Eugene Shade Bisbee,   b. 18 Aug 1864, Columbus, Franklin, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Sep 1933  (Age 69 years)
    +2. Catherine Ballou Bisbee,   b. 10 Nov 1868, Columbus, Franklin, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +3. Haymond Bird Bisbee,   b. 14 Aug 1871, Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Apr 1958, Hamilton Township, Mercer, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     4. Louise Lucelle Bisbee,   b. 8 Jan 1875, Fort Bridger, Uinta, Wyoming, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 8 Dec 2012 
    Family ID F2350  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 20 Jan 1840 - Woonsocket, Providence, Rhode Island, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 13 Aug 1850 - Smithfield, Providence, Rhode Island, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 3 Sep 1862 - Columbus, Franklin, Ohio, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 21 Jun 1880 - Fort Steele, Carbon, Wyoming, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 9 Apr 1930 - Brookline, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 11 Jun 1942 - Brookline, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
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    Gen. William Henry Bisbee (1840-1942)
    Gen. William Henry Bisbee (1840-1942)
    Gen. William Henry Bisbee (1840-1942)
    Gen. William Henry Bisbee (1840-1942)
    Gen. William Henry Bisbee (1840-1942)
    Gen. William Henry Bisbee (1840-1942)

  • Notes 
    • Wm H. retired 1 Oct 1902 after 42 years of service with the rank of Brigadier General. Information sent by M. Virginia Bisbee Vanis, Pahoa, Hawaii.

      William was named after William Henry Harrison, who became President the same year he was born.

      According to William, he lived in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, until he was fifteen, within five miles of his mother's birthplace, "that old farm in Cumberland."

      William was a staunch Whig and Republican.

      Young William Henry Bisbee first worked in Philadelphia and later in Delaware, Ohio, at which place, when he was 22, he answered the call for troops and enlisted in the 18th US Infantry Sept. 2, 1861. He was a private and later sergeant in Company A. He was commissioned a 2nd lieutentant in the same regiment on 9 June 1862. After the Battle of Stone River at Murfreesboro, Tenn. he was breveted a 1st lieutentant and a captain 18 Sept. 1864 for services in the Atlanta Campaign. He was wounded three times during this campaign. He served in several campaigns under Generals Thomas, Buell, Roescrans and Sherman. He was also wounded at Hoover's Gap, Tenn. 26 june 1863.

      After the Civil War he built up a long record on the Western Frontier. He built Ft. Phil Kearney in the Dakota Territory in 1884. He was an officer with the troops suppressing the miner's riots in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho in 1892. First as a captain and then as a major he commanded troops in Ogden, Utah and Pocatello, Idaho. The Eugene V. Debs riots in Chicago and the Commonwealer outbreaks in 1893 and 1894 were also among his military experiences where troops were used to quell civil distrubances. The Bannon Indian uprising at Jackson Hole, Wyoming was overcome by the use of troops among which was a battalion commanded by William Bisbee.

      As Lieut. Colonel Bisbee he had command of a regiment throughout the Santiago (Cuba) campaigns with Capron's Battery and he was at the battles of El Caney and San Juan Hill. While in Cuba he had charge of the disbursing of $3 million in US funds for the relief and assistance of the Cuban Army.

      William Henry Bibee went on to the Philippines as a colonel and was military governor in the sub-districts comprising 19 native towns in the provinces of Pangasonan and Nieuva Elija. He became a general while in the Philippines and commanded troops on the island of Luzon in 1901.

      General Bisbee Retired in 1902. He was a member of the Loyal legion, Sons of the American Revolution, Army of the Cumberland, Society of Santiago do Cuba and Order of the Purple Heart.

      During his later years General Bisbee lived in Brookline, Mass. At the time of his death in 1942 he was the oldest retired United States Army Officer.

      He d. "Aged 102 yrs. 4 mos. 12 das." Cremated at Forest Hills. Burial Arlington National Cemetery, Va.

      Wm. H. retired 1 Oct. 1902 after 42 years service with the rank of Brigadier General. The extra information sent in by M. Virginia Bisbee Vanis, Pahoa, Hawaii #12-1322.

      Bisbee Family Connection, May 2004, vol 16, issue 2, p 7, Brig. Gen. Bisbee Obituary
      "Brig. Gen. Bisbee Dies at Age 102.
      "Oldest Retired Army Officer of Nation.
      "Fought in 4 Wars Beginning with the Civil.
      "In Indian Campaigns Also"
      "His First Commission Signed by Lincoln.
      "A Soldier for 41 Years at His Retirement.
      "BROOKLINE, MASS., June 11 (AP) oldest retired American Army officer, died today in his home here at the age of 102.
      "The Helath of the veteran of four conflicts, The Civil, Indian and Spanish-American wars and the Phillipines Insurrection, had failed rapidly since he suffered a heart attack several weeks ago.
      "Shortly before his death, the old campaigner's many years in the Army were termed "an inspiration to the soldiers who fight for democracy today," by General George C. Marshall, U.S. Army Chief of Staff, who upon learning of General Bisbee's illnes wired: "Your expression of confidence that the democracies will emerge victorious from this great strutggle is characteristic of a brilliant soldier who gave so many years in the service of his country."
      "General Bisbee had been a soldier with the late Major Gen. Arthur MacArthur, father of the hero of the Philipppines, and he kept in close touch in recent months with the developments on battlefields he know of old by having leading articles read to him.
      "During his 102d birthday interview he waved aside discussion of present-day military affairs, preferring to leave that subject to "those better qualified than myself."
      "General Bisbee left a son, Raymond B. Bisbee of Albany, N.Y., and a daughter Mrs. Thomas Fefel of Baltimore. Another son, Eugene Shade Bisbee, for many years a New York newspaper man, died in 1933.

      From U.S. Army Historical Register, 1789-1903, Vol. 1
      An Asterix before a name indicates that the officer attained the rank of brigadier or major-general either by regular or brevet commission in the regular or volunteer forces*Bisbee, William Henry. R I. Army. Pvt and 1 sergeant A and sergeant major 2 battalion 18 infantry 2 Sept 1861 to 11 July 1862; 2 lieutenant 18 infantry 9 June 1862; 1 lieutenant 31 Dec 1862; transferred to 27 infantry 21 Sept 1866; captain 21 Dec 1866; unassigned 14 June 1869; assigned to 25 infantry 5 July 1870; transferred to 4 infantry 27 Oct 1870; major 17 infantry 18 May 1893; transferred to 8 infantry 7 Aug 1895; lieutenant colonel 1 infantry 4 May 1897; colonel 13 infantry 16 June 1899; brigadier-general 2 Oct 1901; retired 1 Oct 1902; brevet captain 31 Dec 1862 for gallant and meritorious services in the battle of Murfreesboro Tenn and captain 1 Sept 1864 for gallant and meritorious services during the Atlanta campaign and in the battle of Jonesboro Ga. [8, 9]
    • In 1888, William H. Bisbee was an Army Captain stationed at Fort Niobrara, Nebraska. [10]

  • Sources 
    1. [S2291] Genealogy of the Bisbee Family, Frank Jones Bisbee, (1956; reprint, Decatur, MI: Johnson Graphics, 1992), p. 199.

    2. [S3333] History of Ballous in America, Adin Ballou (comp), (Providence, RI, Press of E.L. Freeman & Son), http://archive.org/details/elaboratehistory00ball., p. 1123.

    3. [S2309] Geneology of The Bisbee Family (I) - Viola Drake Bisbee, Viola Drake Bisbee, compiler, (June 2000, Bisbee Family Connection, Decatur, MI), p. 320.

    4. [S767] Bisbee, William Orson (i3134): 1850 US Census, (www.ancestry.com (2009): National Archives and Records Administration micropublication M432, roll 843, page 426B, line 12, dwelling 771, family 997; image accessed 24 Sep 2010.), 1850.RI.Providence, Dist 1&4.116.

    5. [S1447] Bisbee, William Henry (I4847): 1880 US Census, (www.ancestry.com (2005): National Archives and Records Administration micropublication T9, roll 1454; enumeration district (ED) 16, enumerated page 26, master page 115B, line 15, dwelling 176, family 176; image accessed 2/10/2009.), 1880.WY.Carbon.Fort Steele.16.6.

    6. [S1446] Bisbee, William Henry (I4847): 1930 US Census, (www.ancestry.com (2002): National Archives and Records Administration micropublication T626, roll 933; enumeration district (ED) 13, sheet 6A, page 65, line 4, dwelling 63/2, family 151; image accessed 2/10/2009.), 1930.MA.Norfolk.Brookline.13.12.

    7. [S3080] Veterans Affairs Grave Locator.
      Online record:
      BISBEE, WILLIAM H
      AR United States Army
      DATE OF DEATH: 06/11/1942
      BURIED AT: SECTION 3 SITE 1872
      ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
      C/O DIRECTOR ARLINGTON, VA 22211
      (703) 607-8000

    8. [S2291] Genealogy of the Bisbee Family, Frank Jones Bisbee, (1956; reprint, Decatur, MI: Johnson Graphics, 1992), p. 320.

    9. [S2309] Geneology of The Bisbee Family (I) - Viola Drake Bisbee, Viola Drake Bisbee, compiler, (June 2000, Bisbee Family Connection, Decatur, MI), p. 199.

    10. [S3333] History of Ballous in America, Adin Ballou (comp), (Providence, RI, Press of E.L. Freeman & Son), http://archive.org/details/elaboratehistory00ball., p. 1124.