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Oconee County, Georgia
Bishop is named for William Henry Bishop, who was born in Oconee County, Georgia, and farmed there until the outbreak of the Civil War. He immediately enlisted in Cobb's Legion -- a unit commanded by General T.R. Cobb of Athens. The Georgia contingent had its first battle at Antietam in Maryland in which it made an heroic stand in fending off Union forces, and preserving Confederate positions.
As a sergeant, Bishop was at Gettysburg. In the Battle of the Wheatfield, he was wounded in the foot. Since the wound left him ambulatory, he worked as an orderly during his convalescence at the front. He survived until War's end and walked home to Oconee County, Georgia. The railroad had a watering stop across the road from his farm, so his wife generated a small business selling biscuits and other minor food items to passengers. As a result a small town developed there. The original Bishop home was destroyed by fire during the 1980s.
His grand son, George Norman Bishop, was later a Professor at the nearby University of Georgia, and authored a definitive book on tree identification. Honored as a distinguished professor of dendrology, the University of Georgia Arboretum bears his name today.
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