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

1838 (abt)     

  • John Wells was born to parents John and Anna Wells in Natchez, MS. John and Anna were immigrants from England.


  • July 16: The U.S. Federal Census enumerated in Natchez, Adams, MS showed 12 year old John living with his parents and siblings. His father, John, was a master painter.


  • June 21:  The U.S. Federal Census enumerated in Natchez, Adams, MS showed 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.


  • March 8:  John enlisted in the C.S. Army in Natchez, MS.
  • May to December: Company Muster Rolls. Present. 


  • 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 to December: Company Muster Rolls. Present.


  • 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 bBattle of Franklin. He was wounded and lost his leg.
  • December 17: Captured as a prisoner of war on the Confederate retreat through Franklin.


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


  • June 5: The U.S. Federal Census enumerated in Natchez, Adams County, MS showed an unmarried John Wells as a house painter. He was listed as being disabled.


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