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Lieut William Swinton Bissell
Birth: Mar. 12, 1839
Death: Sep. 6, 1881
Walterboro
Colleton County
South Carolina, USA

Civil War Confederate Officer. This gentleman was a native of Dallas County, Alabama who was residing in Charleston, South Carolina when the Civil War began in 1861. He enlisted as a 2nd Lieutenant into the "Palmetto Guard(s)" - Company I of the 2nd South Carolina Infantry. Fighting with his regiment on July 2, 1863 at the battle of Gettysburg, he was wounded and captured by the Federal forces. He was subsequently transferred to Fort Delaware, where in June 1864, he and 599 of his fellow Confederate officers were selected and told that they were to be exchanged. This promise of exchange was a lie. Bissell and his comrades were shipped to Charleston, South Carolina and placed into a stockade enclosure on nearby Morris Island to act as "human shields". He survived this forced cruelty and was relocated to Fort Pulaski, Georgia and Hilton Head, South Carolina where the malicious treatment by the United States government continued. This group of Confederate officers became known as the "Immortal 600".

He settled in Walterboro, SC in the years that followed the war and farmed.

Note:
His birth date is circa.
 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Alice Riggs Bissell (1847 - 1934)*
 
 Children:
  Lillie Riggs Bissell Anderson (1863 - 1945)*
  John Sidney Bissell (1871 - 1936)*
  Swinton Bennett Bissell (1871 - 1872)*
  Vincent Allison Bissell (1874 - 1960)*
  E. Ann Bissell (1877 - 1884)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Magnolia Cemetery
Charleston
Charleston County
South Carolina, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 32.8172, -79.94601
 
Created by: Stonewall
Record added: Nov 11, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 12308319
Lieut William Swinton Bissell
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“Sirs, you have no reason to be ashamed of your Confederate dead; see to it they have no reason to be ashamed of you.” Robert Lewis Dabney, Chaplain for Stonewall Jackson
- Virgil Caine
 Added: Jul. 26, 2015
One of the Immortal Six Hundred. Thanks to William and all of the Confederate soldiers for your faithful service in protecting and defending your homeland from the northern invaders. He is mentioned in the books "Immortal Captives" (which tells the story ...(Read more)
- John Battell
 Added: Jul. 7, 2015

-Anonymous
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