Capt Silas Bell, Jr

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Capt Silas Bell, Jr

  • Birth 19 Nov 1823 Blount County, Tennessee, USA
  • Death 10 Aug 1861 Battlefield, Greene County, Missouri, USA
  • Burial Springfield, Greene County, Missouri, USA
  • Memorial ID 75642353

Some of this information is from the book Silas Bell of Wayne County,KY by Geraldine B. Buland, pages 18-19.

Silas married Elizabeth Duggan on February 12, 1842 in Tennessee. Elizabeth died August 6, 1851 and is buried on the Gus Cate farm in McMinn County, Tennessee. They were the parents of a daughter Elender, born June 3, 1849.

After Elizabeth's death Silas married Mary Jane Grigsby, daughter of Samuel and Martha Grigsby. Silas and Mary Jane had six more children.

In 1857 Silas and family followed his brother John Wallace Bell to Dade County, Missouri. His sister and brother-in-law, Solomon and Mary Ann Bell Wilson, also came to Dade County about the same time. They may have traveled there together from Tennessee.

The 1917 History of Dade County and Its People states that Silas Bell was one of several men to raise a full Company of soldiers in Dade County, Missouri for service in the Confederate Army at the beginning of the Civil War. They were mustered in for six months, and took an active part in all battles fought on this (west) side of the Mississippi.

Silas, and a number of men from Dade County, were involved on the Battle of Wilson('s) Creek southwest of Springfield, Missouri on a hot summer day, August 10, 1861. He was killed in the battle, the only captain from Dade County to die there.

The story passed down through the family says Silas died in the very early morning as the battle was beginning. He was eating breakfast, leaning against a tree, when he was shot and killed.

Many men were buried at the location of the battle due to the extreme heat and the number of fatalities that day. Later they were interred at the National Cemetery, formed just south of Springfield, at the time. After consulting with authorities at the battlefield, I believe Silas is one of the unknown Confederate soldiers buried there. Through family sources I have learned that his granddaughter Clossie Baker Carns also believed Silas was buried at the Springfield National Cemetery.

I have searched for other possible burial sites for Silas with no success. Should anyone have more information I would be happy to check it out.

Silas was also a veteran of the Mexican-American War 1846-1848.

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  • Created by: P Jones
  • Added: 28 Aug 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 75642353
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Silas Bell, Jr (19 Nov 1823–10 Aug 1861), Find A Grave Memorial no. 75642353, citing Springfield National Cemetery, Springfield, Greene County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by P Jones (contributor 47471462) .