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Pvt Charles K. Wells

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Pvt Charles K. Wells

Birth
Peacham, Caledonia County, Vermont, USA
Death 18 Sep 1864 (aged 46)
Andersonville National Historic Site, Macon County, Georgia, USA
Burial Andersonville National Historic Site, Macon County, Georgia, USA
Plot H-9178
Memorial ID 18490102 View Source
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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.

Sources: http://www.weldonrailroad.com/updates.html
http://www.civilwardata.com/active/hdsquery.dll?SoldierHistory?U&614959

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.


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