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Identifier: A0127

Title: Daniel Bissell Papers, 1770-1962


A native of Windsor, Connecticut, Daniel Bissell served in the Revolutionary War as a fifer in the 8th Regiment. He joined the Regular Army as a sergeant at the close of the war and participated in battles on the western frontier. He married Deborah Seba of Middletown, Connecticut, in 1793; they had six children, one dying in infancy. He was in command at Fort Massac on the Ohio River at the time of the Louisiana Purchase, and was sent to the Missouri Territory where he was appointed military commander of the territory, now in the state of Missouri and Illinois. By government order, he built Fort Bellefontaine and for several years (1809-1813) was its commandant. While at Fort Bellefontaine he was appointed justice of the peace for St. Ferdinand Township by Frederick Bates. He served in the War of 1812 on the northern frontier under General James Wilkinson and General George Izard and was rewarded with the brevet of brigadier general following his outstanding conduct at the battle of Lyon's Creek, October 19, 1814. Bissell spent his last years of military service at southern posts and was mustered out of service in 1821 at Baton Rouge. Bissell spent the remaining years of his life attempting to prove that his discharge had been unjustified. After 1821 Bissell retired to his estate on Bellefontaine Road. In 1825, he served as chairman of the committee to make arrangements for General Lafayette's visit to St. Louis. He died of pneumonia at his home in December 1833. His wife died November 15, 1843.

The collection contains Lieutenant Bissell's General Order books, 1792-1795; letters from the United States War Department relating to the building of the cantonment of Bellefontaine; the conspiracy of Aaron Burr; the War of 1812; the council meeting at Portage Des Sioux, June 24, 1815; and the evacuation of Fort Osage, Fort Madison, and Fort St. Charles in New Orleans. The papers also include material regarding the set of charges and specifications against Brigadier General Bissell by Major General Andrew Jackson, and Bissell's defense (1816); correspondence and certificates relating to the New Madrid land claims; and newsclippings about the Bissell home.

2 boxes; 5 volumes; 6 oversize folders

Finding aid available.

Cite as: Daniel Bissell Papers, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

Rights: UND

Place: United States

Dates: 1770-1962

Type(s): Documentary Artifacts


Subjects: Property
Armed Forces
War of 1812


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