Pvt Andrew Bellis

Pvt Andrew Bellis

Northampton County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 23 Feb 1862 (aged 28–29)
Key West, Monroe County, Florida, USA
Burial Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida, USA
Plot 17 0 97
Memorial ID 110468198 · View Source
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Born in Northampton County, Pennsylvania in 1833, Andrew Bellis was a 29-year-old tailor residing in Plainfield Township in Northampton County at the dawn of the Civil War.


Andrew Bellis was among the earliest responders to President Abraham Lincoln's April 1861 call for volunteers to help defend the nation's capital following the fall of Fort Sumter to Confederate forces. He enrolled for military service at Mauch Chunk (now Jim Thorpe), Pennsylvania on 22 April 1861, and mustered in for duty the same day at Camp Curtin in Harrisburg, Dauphin County as a Private with Company I of the 6th Pennsylvania Infantry. After honorably completing his Three Months' service, he mustered out with his regiment in August 1861.

Andrew Bellis then promptly re-enlisted for a three-year tour of duty, enrolling on 15 September 1861 at Easton, Northampton County, Pennsylvania. He then officially mustered in the following day at Camp Curtin in Harrisburg, Dauphin County as a Fourth Sergeant with Company A of the 47th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry.

Following a brief training period in light infantry tactics at Camp Curtin, Sergeant Andrew Bellis was sent with his regiment by rail to Washington, D.C. where, beginning 20 September, the men of the 47th were stationed about two miles from the White House at "Camp Kalorama" on Kalorama Heights near Georgetown. On 24 September, the members of the 47th Pennsylvania Volunteers were then mustered into federal service with the U.S. Army, and were assigned to help defend the nation's capital as part of the Army of the Potomac until being shipped south by steamer to Florida in January 1862.

Arriving at Fort Taylor in Key West, Florida in February 1862, the 47th Pennsylvania Volunteers were next assigned to garrison duty, and were involved in helping to bolster the fortifications of this federal installation. Unable to perform his duties due to persistent illness, Andrew Bellis had been reduced in rank on 21 December 1861, and was ultimately confined to the regimental hospital at Fort Taylor where he died on we February 1862.

One source indicated that Private Bellis died from enteritis, another cited erysipelas as the cause of death; however, author Lewis Schmidt, in his "A Civil War History of the 47th Regiment of Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteers" described the death and burial as follows:

"Sadness came soon enough to Key West, when on the following day" [Sunday, 23 February 1862], "Pvt. Andrew Bellis of Company A died. The 29 year old tailor had been reduced to the ranks from 4th Sergeant ... and died from what was variously reported as a scorpion bite, snake bite and erysipelas. Chaplain Rodrock reported he was 'Aged 30 years. He was born raised and enlisted in Northampton County. The company under command of Capt. Graeffe held military services, and the area was draped with red and white decorations and many flower wreaths. Pvt. Bellis was buried in grave #26 of the Key West Post Cemetery, and in 1927 his remains were relocated to the Fort Barrancas National Cemetery, Section 17, grave #97.... Pvt. Jacob Apple of Company B wrote home that the death was due to a scorpion bite."

Sources: Bates' "History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-5"; Civil War Veterans' Card File, Pennsylvania State Archives, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Register of Deaths of U.S. Volunteers, U.S. Army (Office of the Quartermaster General), U.S. National Archives, Washington, D.C.; Schmidt's "A Civil War History of the 47th Regiment of Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteers."


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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Andrew Bellis (1833–23 Feb 1862), Find A Grave Memorial no. 110468198, citing Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by lesnyder1 (contributor 47451559) .