George Samandal W. Bell, 29th Mississippi Infantry

My Grandfather’s grandfather, George Samandal W. Bell, died at the Battle of Franklin.  He was in the 29th Mississippi Infantry.

This is known by family tradition and his estate papers found in the Coffeeville, Yalobusha County, MS. courthouse. The estate record indicate he died in November, 1864, which confirms family tradition. Is there any way to add his name to the list that died and buried there??  There was no indication his body was returned to MS.  He had a Powell cousin who also died there, but his body was returned to the family at Adams, Tn. and that is documented.  These are grandsons of the John Bell harassed by the Bell Witch in Adams, TN.

Thanks-I would like to recognize G.S.W. Bell in 2014 on the 150 anniversary for the family.


He was known as Samandal. Bell married a widow, Rachel Raules Pritchard,  with 2 small children on 22 Sept. 1857.  They had a daughter in 1860 and a son in on 22 Dec. 1862.

He enlisted Shelbyville, TN, in the 29th Regiment Mississippi Volunteers-Company E (Oakland Rebels) on February 24, 1863-when his son was just 2 months old.

Family tradition has that he died at Franklin.  Believed to have been buried in an unmarked grave at Franklin.


Sharon Hamilton, great-great granddaughter
Plainview, Arkansas




  • CWD lists a George Bell, Company E.
  • Bell is not listed in the known section in McGavock cemetery.
  • Regarding the action the 29th MS saw at Franklin, Jacobson writes (p. 402-403, For Cause & For Country):”Gen. Brantley’s five regiments of Mississippians [i.e., 24th-27th Ms, 29th-30th MS, 34th MS, some dismounted cavalry] suffered grievously.  His brigade took higher losses than nay other in Johnson’s Division, over forty percent of the total casualties. Even worse, Brantley absorbed nearly sixty percent of the total killed in Johnson’s Division . . . As they [Brantley’s troops] came toward the Federal line on Sharp’s left, Brantley’s men were exposed to a wicked fire. Alerted to the Rebel attack, the Yankees between the locust thicket and the Carter’s Creek Turnpike let loose with sheets of musketry. Brantley’s Brigade was ravaged and ‘nearly annihilated’ by the fire and only pockets of men were able to press forward to the breastworks . . . Pvt. Rhea H. Vance of the 29th Mississippi said, “The blood actually ran in the ditch, and in some places saturated our clothing where we were lying down.”
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