John Wells, Corporal, Co. B, 10th Mississippi Infantry, Confederate

1838 (abt)     

  • John Wells is born to parents John and Anna Wells in Natchez, Mississippi. John and Anna are immigrants from England.

1850   

  • July 16: The United States Federal Census taken in Natchez, Adams, Mississippi shows 12 year old John living with his parents and siblings. His father, John, is a master painter.

1860   

  • June 21:  The United States Federal Census taken in Natchez, Adams, Mississippi shows 22 year old John living with his parents. On this census John is listed as a painter, as well as his father. His father owns one slave.

1862   

  • March 8:  John enlisted in the Confederate Army in Natchez, Mississippi.
  • May & June: Company Muster Roll. Present. 
  • June 30 to October 31: Company Muster Roll. Present.
  • November & December: Company Muster Roll.  Present.

1863   

  • January & February: Company Muster Roll.  Present.
  • March & April: Company Muster Roll. Present.
  • July & August:  Company Muster Roll.  Absent. Remarks “Absent sick sent to hospital at Chattanooga, Tenn by order of chief surgeon of brigade July 27, 1863. Now in hospital at Kingston, Ga.”
  • September & October:  Company Muster Roll.  Present.
  • November & December: Company Muster Roll. Present.

1864

  • January & February:  Company Muster Roll.  Present.
  • May 1 to August 31: Company Muster Roll. Absent. Remarks “Absent sick wounded July 28, 1864 and sent to hospital Thomaston, GA descriptive roll furnished. Promoted from Private to 2nd Corp July 1, 1864”
  • November 30: John Wells fought in Lee’s Division, Johnson’s Brigade and Sharp’s regiment in the battle of Franklin. He was wounded and lost his leg.
  • December 17:  Captured as a prisoner of war on the Confederate retreat through Franklin.

1865  

  • March 7:  Forwarded from Nashville to prison in Louisville, Kentucky.
  • March 8:  Received at prison in Louisville, Kentucky. 
  • March 10:  Sent to Camp Chase in Columbus, Ohio.  
  • March 12:  Received at Camp Chase, Columbus, Ohio.
  • June 13: Oath of Allegiance signed at Camp Chase, Columbus, Ohio. Information given. Place of residence: Adams Co. Miss., Complexion: fair, Hair: Auburn, Eyes: Blue, Height: 5ft 9in, Age: 27.

1880

  • June 5: The United States Federal Census taken in Natchez, Adams County, Mississippi shows an unmarried John Wells as a house painter. He is listed as being disabled.

1886   

  • August 24:  John Wells dies in Galveston, Texas.
  • August 26: The Austin Weekly Statesman.