Residence Lyndon VT;
Enlisted on 12/19/1863 as a Private.
On 12/23/1863 he mustered into Co. A, 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery
He was listed as: POW 6/23/1864 Weldon Railroad, VA
He died of disease while a POW.
Elvira K. Wells granted a widow's pension in 1865. Also listed as C. Welles at Andersonville. Personal effects from Andersonville, a Bible, gold coin, and diary for 1864, are on display in the Fairbanks Museum at St. Johnsbury, Vermont. The final entry in the diary on 9/17/64 reads:
Mr. Wells died this AM. He passed this life easy without a groan or struggle and died happy in the Lord.
Charles' paternal ancestry goes back to William Wells, Esq., who was born about 1604/08 in Norwich, Norfolk, England, and died 1671 in Southold, Suffolk Co., Colony of New York, a founder and leading civil authority there.
Charles and Elvira had three children:
Harriet L. Wells Phippins, 1843
Charles W. Wells, abt 1846
Mary Ella Wells Webber, 1861
Charles K. Wells was a 45 year old Methodist Minister in Burke, Caledonia, Vermont when word reached him of the death of his only son, 16 year, 9 month old Charles W. Wells, a private in Co. E, 3rd Vermont Infantry, at Lee's Mill, Virginia. The minister enlisted and suffered the same fate, or worse, in the notorious Andersonville Prison.