Name - Samuel Bell

 

Birth Date: 07 Oct 1823

Birth Place: Pitt County, North Carolina

Death Date: 21 Aug 1869

Burial Place: First United Methodist Church, Conway, S.C.

 

Military Service - C. S. A.

Enlistment Date: 19 Jul 1861 at White's Bridge

Discharge Date: Dropped from position on 08 May 1862

Rank: Captain

Company and Regiment: Co. G, 10th S.C. Infantry Regt.

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Family -

Parents: Benjamin Bell and Lydia Tucker

Wife: Sarah Adeline Hartsfield

Children: Georgia Virginia Bell

 

Interesting Facts -

Samuel Bell was active in the naval stores industry in Horry District.

He started his military service as a 1st Lieutenant in Co. B, 10th S.C. Infantry Regiment under Captain James H. Norman. He became Captain of Company G, 10th S.C. Infantry Regiment about September 1861. He served as State Senator from Horry District in 1864 & 1865.

While serving as State Senator from Horry District, Samuel Bell wrote to President Jefferson Davis from Conwayborough reporting: that before the war his region produced timber and naval stores, relying on N.C. for foodstuffs; since the blockade, have been supplied from the rice crops, abundantly and at moderate prices, until last year; now government and speculators “have swep every thing out of the market . . . we have been able to live by hauling the last of the old of rice . . . across to the Waccamaw River; and then floating it up to this district, and by taking salt up the Pee Dee river and bartering for corn . . . [now] there is no old crop of rice to get, and the new crop cannot afford relief” because most plantations are abandoned and few farmers remain; also, blackbirds devour most of the crop because no “shooters” are available to control them, as they did before the war; government seizes all surplus corn for prison camp at Florence; begs revocation of orders detailing men from the district, which has sent twelve full companies to the army; “there is many an old man that has Daughters that would be quite usefull with their Father to direct them . . . speculation must be put down or we are gone”.