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Bishop Lee Stephens Stevens Wygal

Obituary of Elisha S. Bishop, Lee County, Virginia.

Farmer, soldier, Christian; a clean record and clear. Looking down on a long life, I do not find his name listed with bankers or railroad presidents; but I see: Fifty years a deacon in the Baptist Church: many years Sunday school superintendent; four years a soldier of the Confederacy with Lee and Early, four times wounded: a member in good standing of the I. O. O. F. and Masonic fraternities: a member of the Virginia Legislature with Alexander H. Stephens and W. H. F. Lee; in his old age, in a distant State, bowing under grief and loss, organizing a U. C. V. Camp, a U. D. C. Chapter, a Sons of Veteran Camp, the first of each in New Mexico.

This is the record, the final count of the life achievements of my uncle, who has passed into the presence of Lee and Jackson again, who has "kept the faith" and borne unspotted the name Confederate soldier.

He taught me to love the South. All I may ever be able to do for her sake will be resultant from his teachings. I keep "the fire alive" from the flame he kindled in my childish heart.

Capt. Elisha S. Bishop died at his home, Artesia, N. Mex., November 16, 1914, after a stroke of paralysis. He was born in Lee County, Va., close to the Cumberland Gap, July 18, 1833. He was one of thirteen children, of whom but one survives, Capt. Isaac T. Bishop, of Denton, Tex.

He served with Company I, 25th Virginia Cavalry. In 1872 he married Miss C. Jennie Wygal. Nine years ago he removed to New Mexico for his wife's health, but she did not long survive. He left three sons and three daughters.

[Sketch by Flora E. Stevens, Kansas City, Mo.]

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, March, 1915.

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