1st Sgt. Alfred J, Bishop

By Kevin Brown

1ST SERGEANT ALFRED J. BISHOP – Co. G, 16TH BATTALION CAVALRY
GEORGIA STATE GUARDS

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In July 7th 1863 Alfred J. Bishop Enlisted in Ellijay Georgia also known as Cherokee Georgia as a 1st Sergeant in Co. G, 16th Battalion Cavalry (State Guards) He went into state service on Aug 1, 1863, Gilmer Battalion, Georgia, under Major D. M. West Commanding. And Enrolled by Capt. E. M. Spriggs for a period of Six months.

Alfred brought his own horse, valued at $475 Confederate dollars.

And mustered out Feb. 1st , 1864.

Alfred was a school teacher & and according to Confederate military law, school teachers who met certain qualifications were exempt from service. The 1860 census for Gilmer County GA lists Alfred Bishop as a teacher. That may explain why was enlisted in this company instead of a command sent to fight in Tennessee, Mississippi or Virginia.

Alfred is my direct ancestor on My Fathers Side of the family.

Alfred Died In. 1891. And Is Buried In the town of Ellijay, In Gilmer County Georgia In The Jarrett Cemetery Next To Two Of His Sons J. Robb & John W (JW) Bishop

NOTE:

Alfred’s Brother Larkin, my long removed uncle, was also a Confederate Soldier, who served in North Carolinas 37th Infantry, He died the first year of the war. While fighting in Virginia.