There was a Bishley in addition to the two Bishops in Co H. None had ever served as a trumpeter. Charles and Alexander Bishop were born six months apart and both men enlisted diresctly into Co H at New Orleans, LA on 15 Apr 1875. Alexander was promoted to Cpl on 1 May 1876.
Chief Trumpeter Voss was used as a messenger. The trumpeter orderlies, Voss, and the Sgt Maj may have taken turns. Sgt Maj Sharrow was used as a messenger not only to Benteen, but later to Lt Hare.
Co C did have one trumpeter whose name at least started with a "B," Thomas J. Bucknell.
Thanks for the info on that rch. Its very interesting to say the least. Unfortunately, it does not solve the mystery of Martin's mysterious orderly in the least! There seems to be no way of determining who this 'Bishop' trooper really was.
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