Pvt. Bell's records show that he was present until June 11, 1864 when he was captured in the Battle of Trevillian Station. He arrived at Fortress Monroe June 20, 1864 and transferred to Elmira Prison, N.Y. July 27, 1864.
Private Joseph H. Bell, Jr. survived the unsanitary conditions and the very cold winter of 1864 & 65. He was released June 24, 1865. With his freedom was a document that included the following: Home, Dahlonega Ga.; Complexion, Fair; Hair Auburn; Eyes Blue and Height 5 ft. 7 inches.