|Birth: ||Mar. 12, 1839|
|Death: ||Sep. 6, 1881|
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.
His birth date is circa.
Alice Riggs Bissell (1847 - 1934)*
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)*
South Carolina, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 32.8172, -79.94601
Created by: Stonewall
Record added: Nov 11, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 12308319
“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|
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)|
Added: Jul. 7, 2015
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