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Bell, W. T.
W. T. BELL, Oakwoods, Texas—Was born Sept. 22, 1834, near Macon, Ga, and joined the Confederate Army at Georgetown, Ga., as private in Company C, Fifty-First Georgia Regiment, Gen. Kershaw's Division, Gen. Longstreet's Corps, Army of Northern Virginia. Was taken prisoner at Gettysburg July 3, 1863, and sent to Fort Delaware, where I remained till October 22. Was transferred to Point Lookout, Md., where I was ex-changed. Was again taken prisoner April 6, 1865, and carried back to Point Lookout. Md., where I was discharged on June 26, 1865. Was in the second battle of Manassas, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Salem Church, Cedar Creek, and at Farmville April 6, 1865.
To go over the whole matter would be a long story, but will say that I saw the first active service in the Shenandoah Valley. We crossed the Potomac at Hagerstown, Md. I had been sick, but rejoined the army at Martinsburg, Va. After the battle at Chancellorsville we took up the line of march and went into Pennsylvania and encamped at Chambersburg. On July 2nd we left on forced march and after three days we drew three days' rations. Some got their rations cooked, others did not. I was fortunate enough to get a little bread. When we went into the engagement I was taken prisoner and delivered to Kilpatrick's command that evening (the 3rd) and on the night of the 4th we were marched all night and boarded a train for Baltimore, where we received the first food we had since the 2nd. We took a canal steamer at Fort McHenry and went to Fort Delaware, where we remained till October 22nd. Then we were transfered to Point Lookout, where we were exchanged on April 22, 1864, and were given a thirty days' furlough. I again joined the army about June 1st at Petersburg. Was again taken prisoner at Farmville on April 6th and marched by the enemy eight days. All the rations we had was a little parched corn and green beef without salt and no way to cook it. We again turned up at Point Lookout on Chesapeake Bay, where we remained in captivity and were annoyed almost to death on account of Lincoln's assassination, but finally we were released, and arrived at home on July 9, 1865. Of course this is only a brief sketch of what I went through, but you could not give space in your book for all that I could write.