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 Benjamin J Wells

Benjamin J Wells

Sangamon County, Illinois, USA
Death 25 Jun 1876 (aged 32–33)
Little Big Horn Battle Site, Big Horn County, Montana, USA
Burial Little Big Horn Battle Site, Big Horn County, Montana, USA
Plot Mass Grave
Memorial ID 16224140 · View Source
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Wells enlisted into the US Army on November 26, 1866 at Springfield IL. He was described as 5'6", blue eyes, fair hair & fair complexion. His civilian occupation was laborer.

On March 3, 1867, Wells reported for duty at Ft Harker KS. He was assigned to Company G, 7th US Cavalry. His daily duties were listed as Company Farrier.

Between November 21, 1867 & December 1, 1867, Wells was listed as a deserter. On December 1, 1867, Wells is listed as voluntairly returning to duty.

When his enlistment expired on November 28, 1871 in Lousvillie KS, Wells reenlisted for another five years.

At the Battle of the Little Bighorn, Company G was attached to Maj Marcus Reno's battalion. During the Valley Fight there were reports that Wells' horse, Wild Bill, bolted from the skirmish line towards the Lakota/Cheyenne villages. He was not seen again.

Following the battle there were no records that Wells' remains were identified. It is likely that his unidentified remains were first buried where they had been found.

In 1881 all known battlefield burials were moved to a mass grave on Last Stand Hill

Wells was survived by his wife Sarah & son, Charles W. Wells. On December 7, 1912, his wife recieved a widow's pension.



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  • Find A Grave Memorial 16224140
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Benjamin J Wells (1843–25 Jun 1876), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16224140, citing Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument, Little Big Horn Battle Site, Big Horn County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Randy (contributor 46846747) .