Bell, Sr., James Henry +

JAMES HENRY BELL, SR., Private, 55th North Carolina Infantry, Company A, from Wilson County, enlisted, as a substitute for his cousin John P. Barden, on 8 May 1862. In his military record it states that he was 42 years old and was mustered in a Camp Mangrum, near Raleigh, NC. He received $250 to serve as a substitute. Also, he was a telegraph operator during the war. In the afternoon of 3 May 1864 he was wounded in the right arm, transported to the hospital complex in Lynchburg, VA, along with other injuried men from the 55th NC Infantry, Company A. The largest concentration of hospitals was in Richmond, closer to the battlefield in the Wilderness, however, they were filled beyond capacity by this day. James Bell died some twenty days later of infection in his wound on 24 May 1864; in 1860, he is listed as a 35 year old living in Kirby’s District, Post Office: Black Creek, Wilson County, NC whose occupation is turpentine; his family includes: his wife Lucinda Evans Bell, age 22 (actually she was 27); a daughter Ella J. Bell, age 7; a son John Lindsay Bell, age 5; a daughter Mary E. Bell, age 3; and a son William J. Bell, one month old; he married Lucinda Evans, in Edgecombe County, on 15 Feb 1851 in a service conducted by Joshua Barnes, Justice of the Peace, the Witnesses were James W. Price and John Norfleet.


Jesse R. BEAMAN, Private. 47th North Carolina Infantry, Company A.

ENLISTED: 21 Apr 1862. BORN: Greene. RESIDED: Wilson. ABSENT: June 1862. CAPTURED: Gettysburg. No Further Record.


Amos BOYETT, Private. Same Regiment and Company.

ENLISTED: 28 Feb 1862. KILLED: in Wilderness on 5 May 1864 at age 35.


Stephen BOYETT, Private. Same Regiment and Company.

DIED: at Hart’s Island Prison, New York Harbor on 23 June 1865 of “typhoid pneumonia.”


Jethro BOSWELL, Private. Same Regiment and Company.

DIED: at Ft. Delaware Prison, Delaware on 22 Nov 1863 of “Chronic Diarrhoea at age 24.


William C. BEST, Private. Same Regiment and Company.

DIED: at Point Lookout Prison, Maryland on 29 April 1865 of “acute dysentery.

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