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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1835

Vol. I

(Born Md.)

James M. Wells

(Ap'd D. C.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1830, to July 1, 1835, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 7th Infantry, July 1, 1835.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Gibson, I. T., 1835‑36, — Camp Desire,

(Second Lieut., 7th Infantry, Aug. 31, 1836)

I. T., 1836, — Camp Nacogdoches, I. T., 1836, — and Ft. Gibson, I. T., 1836‑37; on Recruiting service, 1838‑39; and in the Florida War

(First Lieut., 7th Infantry, Dec. 9, 1838)

against the Seminole Indians, 1839.

Resigned, May 31, 1839.

Civil History. — Unknown.

Military History. — Served in the War with Mexico as

Major, Texas Rifle Volunteers, May, 1846,

till he was

Disbanded, Aug., 1846.

Re-appointed in the United States Army with the rank of

Captain, 12th Infantry, Apr. 9, 1847.

Served in the War with Mexico, 1847‑48.

Disbanded, July 25, 1848.

Civil History. — Counselor at Law, Galveston, Tex., 1849 to 18–––. Teacher in Mississippi, 18––– to 1861.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States.​a

[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Vol. IV
Died, 1850.​b

Thayer's Notes:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record. According to the Southern Historical Society Papers, he commanded the 23d Mississippi Infantry, with the rank of Colonel.

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b So the 1900 Supplement, with no correction in later Supplements. But the Register had it right the first time: James Wells lived past 1850 and did fight for the Confederacy. On the other hand I've been unable to discover the date of his death — my searches have been for the time being limited to the Web — and can only offer a diffident surmise that "1850" as printed in the Supplement is a typo for 1880.

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