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Bell, J. E. - 2nd Lieut

J. E. BELL, Austin, Texas..—Was born near Tuskaloosa, Ala., and entered the Confederate service as Orderly Sergeant of Company H, Forty-First Alabama Regiment, Gen. Grades' Brigade, Gen. Longstreets Division, Army of Tennessee. My first Captain was Frank Ogden and first Colonel was Tolbert. I remained with my company and regiment all through the war. The regiment was first with Gen. Hanson's Kentucky Brigade and was afterwards changed to Gen. Grades' Alabama Brigade. I was wounded at Hatcher's Run on March 81, 1865, by a minie ball in the left leg just above the knee which made only a flesh wound. I fell into the hands of the Federals while in the hospital at Farmville, Va. Was promoted to Second Lieutenant in June, 1864. Was in the battles at Murfreesboro, Jackson, Miss.; Bean's Station, Tenn.; Drewry's Bluff and the siege of Petersburg, where we were under fire almost daily. Then below Petersburg 25th, 29th and 31st of March, 1865.
I have a diary written while in the army, but it is too lengthy to be used here. It begins May 24, 1863, and continues to the close of the war.



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