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Joseph H. Bell, Jr. enlisted November 1, 1862 in Savannah with Capt. Russell. He served in Company A, 21st Battalion, Georgia Cavalry until February 13, 1864 when three units, including the 21st, were consolidated to create the 7th Regiment, Georgia Cavalry. He was at this time assigned to Company A of the 7th.

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.

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