Logan County Civil War Data
Joel D. Wells, the son of John Wells and Sarah "Sally" Edwards was born in Jo Daviess County, Illinois in 1836. But at a fairly early age removed to Logan County. At the time of the onset of the Civil War he resided in Broadwell. He was unmarried and enlisted in Company B 38th Illinois Infantry. Joel was a slight built man, of 5' 9", dark complexion , black hair and brown eyes.
He enlisted on August 16, 1861 in Atlanta, Illinois. The regiment were mustered in at Camp Butler by Captain Pitcher, on August 23, 1861. Joel signed up for a 3 year enlistement. He was living in Broadwell at the time.
His brother, George Milton Wells, three years younger, also was in the 38th Infantry. George was also residing in Logan County at the time of their entry in the service of their county. The war would take the two brothers into the battle of Murfreesboro, also known as the Battle of Stone River, in Tennessee.
It was during this engagement that Joel D. Wells was killed on December 31, 1862. Either his brother George was with him or in close proximity to him when he met his death. It was George who buried him on the battle field under a cedar tree. It appears that his body was never removed for interment somewhere else and he remains forever under the cedar tree.
(The account of George Wells burying Joel Wells under the cedar tree on the Stone River battlefield was written in a letter that Charles Albert Wells wrote to his son, Albert, in later years. Charles Wells was a nephew to both Joel and George, his father being Jerome Wells, who also served in the Civil War in Company C, 92nd Regular Illinois Volunteers. Submitted by Charlott Wells Jones)
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