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Amory R. Bishop

Cayuga County, New York, USA
Death 27 Nov 1881 (aged 41–42)
Bath, Steuben County, New York, USA
Burial Bath, Steuben County, New York, USA
Plot G, 14, 1
Memorial ID 369403 · View Source
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Amory R. Bishop was the son of Joseph and Sarah Bishop. He was born either in the Town of Scipio, Cayuga Co., New York or the adjacent town of Moravia in 1838 or 1839. Most records give ca. 1839 for his birth, but he was censused as 12 years old in August 1850. Amory's parents removed from Cayuga Co. to Owego, Tioga Co., New York ca. 1848. By 1860, Amory's parents had removed again, this time to Elmira, Chemung Co., New York. His father was a Tobacconist, a trade that Amory must have learned because he later listed his own occupation as Tobacconist.

Amory enlisted at Elmira as a Private in Company A of the 107th Regiment, New York Infantry, on 8 July 1862. This regiment saw heavy action at the Battle of Antietam, 16-18 September 1862. At some point prior to February 1863, Amory deserted his unit and was variously listed as deserted or mustered out of the 107th Regiment on 19 February 1863 at Frederick, Maryland. The reasons behind Amory's desertion from the 107th Regiment are not known but may have been motivated by a dislike of being a foot soldier and a desire to serve in a cavalry unit. What is known is that Amory proceeded to New York City where he enlisted as a Private in Company L of the 5th Regiment, New York Cavalry, with the assumed name "Henry Brown," on 7 February 1863. Amory served with the 5th Cavalry for the duration of the Civil War, mustering out with his regiment at Winchester, Frederick Co., Virginia on 19 July 1865 with the rank of Quartermaster Sergeant. Amory suffered a gunshot wound to the head in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia during November 1864 and apparently suffered a disability as a result.

Amory's life following the Civil War is a mystery. He was not married, his father was dead, and his mother was living at various times with several of her daughters in Washington, DC. It is likely that Amory was still using the name Henry Brown during this period.

On 20 September 1879, Amory, under the assumed name, Henry Brown, entered the New York State Soldiers and Sailors Home at Bath, Steuben Co., New York. He lived for just over two more years and died at the Home on 27 November 1881, according to their original register; however, military records record his death as 28 November 1881, which was his burial date. The cause of death was tuberculosis. Amory had requested before his death that his correct name, Amory R. Bishop, be used on his tombstone. His request was honored.

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  • Maintained by: Roger Post
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 25 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 369403
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Amory R. Bishop (1839–27 Nov 1881), Find A Grave Memorial no. 369403, citing Bath National Cemetery, Bath, Steuben County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Roger Post (contributor 48210977) .