Elisha Bisbee stood 5'-7" tall, weighed 136 pounds, and had fair complexion, medium
brown hair and blue eyes. Along with his brothers, Stephen and John, he enrolled
as a Private on August 30, 1862, in Company F (commanded by First Lieutenant
O. M. Palmer), 157th New York Volunteers. His company saw action at Gettysburg on
1 July 1863. He was honorably discharged and mustered out with his company at
Charleston, South Carolina, on 10 July, 1865.
After his service, Elisha earned his living as a blacksmith, practicing his trade
in Otselic and in Smyrna, both in Chenango County, New York. He was married twice
and had one daughter by his first marriage. A widower in 1890, he filed for
disability pension based on severe and incapacitating hemmorrhoids -- a condition
fully supported by the medical record. Beginning July, 1890, he received a pension
of $12 per month until his death in July, 1908.