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JASPER N. BISHOP - See Biography of Stephen Bishop in Coles Co., Ill.

FRANK N. BISHOP - See Biography in Coles Co., Ill

BLUFORD WILEY RICHARDSON

The source information is:  David Richardson of Georgia

Bluford Wiley Richardson was born 11 Mar 1842  in Hensley, Johnson County, Indiana enrolled 2 Sep 1861 to serve three years, age 19, 5'7 high, light complexion, occupation farmer.  A Private in Capt. Thomas A. Jeffery's Company F 7th Regiment of Indiana Foot  Volunteer.  Discharged on 20 Sep 1864 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He married 5 Oct 1865 Johnson Co., IN Mary Sophronia Burton born 18 Apr 1846 Brown Co., IN died 18 Jan 1941 Decatur, Macon Co., IL and was buried 20 Jan 1941 Kellar Cemetery, Lovington, Moultrie Co., IL.  Mary S. was the daughter of John Sanders Burton and Susannah Riggs.

 

The Seventh Regiment was re-organized at Indianapolis and was mustered in, for three years service, on the 13 April 1861, with Ebenezer Dumont as Colonel.  It moved at once to western Virginia  and joined General Reynolds' command  and the first two months were spent in the vicinity of Cheat Mountain.  The next three months were attached to Gen. Kelly's Dept. of the Upper Potomac.  Then served under Generals Lander and Shields for four months, after which the regiment was transferred to Gen. McDowell's Corps, Pope's Army of Virginia, and with it took part in all its battles and marches.  While in the 7th Regiment  Bluford Wiley Richardson took part in the following 21 general engagements and several skirmishes, in which the regiment suffered severely in number killed and wounded.

 

3 October 1861 battle of Greenbrier River

23 March 1862 Winchester Heights

29 May 1862 Fort Royal

8 & 9 June 1862 Port Republic (wounded)

9 August 1862 Slaughter Mountain

20-23 August 1862 Rappahannock Station

20 August 1862 Thoroughfare Gap and Bull Run

14 September 1862 South Mountain and Second Battle of Antietam, Maryland

2 November 1862 Ashby's Gap or Union, Virginia  (wounded)

13 December 1862 Fredericksburg

30 April 1863 Fitz Hugh Crossing, Virginia

2-5 May 1863 Chancellorsville

1-4 July 1863 Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

30 Nov 1863 Mine Run

5-6 May 1864 Wilderness

8 May 1864 Laurel Hill

10-12 May 1864 Po River or Spotsylvania, Virginia  (wounded)

25 May 1864 North Anna River

3 June 1864 Cold Harbor

17 June 1864 Petersburgh

19 August 1864 Yellow House  (Wounded in the neck and throat which eventually caused his 17 Sep 1889 death.  After his discharge and  5 Oct 1865 marriage, his wife pulled a piece of shell out of his neck.  He grew a beard to hide the scar. For the rest of his life, periodically the wound would break open on the inside and he would spit out the drainage)

 

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