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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1873

Vol. III

(Born Wis.)

Hoel S. Bishop

(Ap'd Wis.)


Born Fond du Lac, WI.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 1, 1869, to June 13, 1873,​b when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 5th Cavalry, June 13, 1873.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Whipple, Ara., Dec. 14, 1873, to Feb. 20, 1874, and Apr. 26, 1874, to July 1, 1875, — Scouting, Feb. 20 to Apr. 26, 1874, being engaged in Fights in Diamond River Country, Mar. 13 and 14, and Apr. 6 and 8, 1874, — Camp Supply, I. T., and Scouting, Sep. 24, 1875, to June 9, 1876, being engaged in a Fight on Cinnamon River, I. T., Jan. 22, 1876, — Big Horn and Yellowstone Expeditions, to Oct. 24, 1876, being engaged in the Action on Indian Creek, Neb., and Combat of Slim Buttes, Dak., Sep. 9‑10, 1876, — and Ft. McPherson, Neb., Nov. 7 to Dec. 20, 1876; in arrest and undergoing sentence of suspension of rank, etc., to Sep. 21, 1877; on frontier duty at Camp Brown, Wy., and in Bannock Campaign, to July 21, 1879,

(First Lieut., 5th Cavalry, June 14, 1879)

being engaged in three Skirmishes in Sep., 1878, — Ft. D. A. Russell, Wy., to Oct. 1, 1879, — on Ute Expedition in Colorado, to Apr. 20, 1880, being engaged in the Action of Milk Creek, Col., Oct. 5, 1879 (leave of absence, to July 4, 1880), — Ft. Laramie, Wy., to Sep. 14, 1880, — Jefferson Barracks, Mo., to Oct. 7, 1882, — Ft. Laramie, Wy., to Apr. 7, 1883, — Ft. Sidney, Neb., to July 10, 1883, — Ft. Washakie, Wy., to May 17, 1885, — Ft. Riley, Kan., and Scouting, to Aug. 3, 1885, and Ft. Supply, I. T., and Scouting (leave of absence, Feb. 21 to June 20, 1889), to Nov. 21, 1889; and on leave of absence, to Jan. 20, 1890.

Vol. IV
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Military History. — Served: Garrison duty at Fort Supply, I. T., to April 2, 1890; on duty at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., to April 14, 1892; on leave to July 14, 1892;

(Captain of Cavalry, 5th Cavalry, Dec. 12, 1892)

garrison duty at Fort Sill, Okla., to Jan. 14, 1893; at Fort Reno, Okla., to June 21, 1893; at Fort Brown, Tex., to Dec. 23, 1895; at Fort Sam Houston, Tex., to May 14, 1898; with regiment at Mobile, Ala., and at Tampa, Fla., to Aug., 1898; at Huntsville, Ala., to Dec., 1898; en route to and at Ciales, P. R., to Feb., 1899; at Manati, P. R., to March, 1900; at Mayaguez, P. R., to ––––

Vol. V
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Military History. — At Mayaguez, P. R., to Aug., 1900; at Fort Myer, Va., to March 10, 1901; with regiment en route to Philippines and at Pasig, P. I. commanding post and squadron to Oct., 1902.

(Major of Cavalry, 5th Cavalry, July 8, 1902)

October, 1902 to June, 1903. — At Camp Stotsenburg, P. I., commanding regiment from April to July 10, 1903. — At Fort Grant, Ariz., July to September, 1903 (on leave to Nov. 10, 1903), from Nov. 10, 1903 to Oct. 26, 1907. — On duty at Army War College, Nov. 1, 1907 to March 10, 1909.

(Lieut.‑Colonel of Cavalry, 15th Cavalry, Feb. 26, 1909)

— Relieved from duty at Army War College, March 10, 1909. — At Fort Sheridan, Ill., to –––––. On leave of absence, 4 months' leave granted to take effect on relief from duty at Army War College.

Vol. VI
[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1910‑1920]

(Hoel Smith Bishop, Born Feb. 11, 1850.)

Military History. —

Major, 5th Cavalry, July 8, 1902.

At Fort Apache, Arizona, commanding squadron and post, Nov. 10, 1903, to Oct. 26, 1907; at Army War College, Washington, D. C., Nov. 1, 1907, to

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 15th Cavalry, Feb. 26, 1909)

March 10, 1909; at Fort Sheridan, Ill., July 8, 1909; at Sparta, Wis., Chief Umpire, Field Maneuvers, Aug. 1 to 28, 1910; at Hot Springs, Ark., under treatment, Sept. 26 to Dec. 16, 1910; at Fort Sheridan, Ill., to

(Colonel of Cavalry, March 3, 1911)

March, 1911; at Mounted Service School, Fort Riley, Kans., April 1 to June 15, 1911; on leave of absence, Dec. 20, 1912, to April 4, 1913.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, April 5, 1913,
Section 1244, R. S., He Being 62 Years of Age.

Since retirement, resided at Washington, D. C.

Vol. VII
[Supplement, Vol. VII: 1920‑1930]

Military History. —

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired Apr. 5, 1913,
By Direction of the President, He Being 62 Years of Age.

Died, June 6, 1925, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 75.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1927.

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Thayer's Notes:

a Col. Bishop's birthplace is from his AOG obituary.

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b At the beginning of his first class year Bishop was Cadet Captain; unfortunately for him, he was refereeing a fight — at Fort Clinton, as was the tradition — between a plebe and a yearling when they were surprised by a tactical officer. Everyone scurried down the hillside into the woods by Flirtation Walk and escaped. Only Bishop was recognized and written up. For his offense he was reduced to the ranks. (This anecdote brought to you via West Point Trivia Test No. 13, by John Ward, USMA 1964 — Question 4. I've been unable, so far, to find the primary source.)

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