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Stephen M. Bisbee Civil War Pension File

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[Bureau of Pensions]

Stephen was described as 5'10-1/2" tall, light complected with blue eyes and brown hair. He was a farmer, born 13 August 1840 at Lebanon, NY. He enrolled on 1 Sep 1862 at Lebanon, New York, as a Private in Co. F, 157 New YorK Volunteer Infantry.

The 157th gathered at the fairgrounds in Hamilton, New York, in August of 1862. This camp was to become known as Camp Mitchell. On September 19th, 1862, the regiment was officially mustered into federal service, and on September 25th, the regiment left Camp Mitchell for Camp Chase in Arlington Heights, Virginia.


The 157th NYVI engaged Confederate forces on the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg. They took a stand on open ground, with the Confederates occupying the ridges around them and, predictably, suffered many casualties. Stephen Bisbe was wounded by two mini-balls, one in the arm, and one in the chest. The ball was removed from his arm by the regimental surgeon, but the ball in his chest was deemed too close to his heart to risk removing it. It remained there for the rest of his life. He was carried as wounded until December, 1863, then spent the rest of the War in construction brigades and in the Veterans Reserve Corps. Stephen was Honorably discharged 3 July 1865 at Baltimore, Md.

After leaving the Army, Stephen Bisbee returned to the vicinity of Randallsville, New York, where he resided for the rest of his life. He married Frances D. Mosely, November 3rd, 1868, in Gains, Orleans County, New York and they had two children.

He was granted a disability pension about 1895. In 1911, the year that he died, he was granted an increase in pension to $15.00 per month. After his death, Frances applied for, and received, a widow's pension of $12 per month until her death in June, 1914.

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