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William A. Shell (abt 1845 - February 13, 1864) served as a private in Company C, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.

Personal life

William Shell was born about 1845 in Carter County, Tennessee to Alfred and Clara Shell.[1] He was unmarried.

Civil War service

Shell enlisted as a private in Company C on September 24, 1863 in Carter County for a period of three years and mustered in October 28, 1863 at Strawberry Plains, Tennessee. He was appointed corporal on September 24, 1863.

He is described as 18 years old, 5' 6" tall, dark complexion, blue eyes, light hair, and by occupation a farmer.

Shell is listed as present for duty until December 30, 1863 when he was left sick at Convalescent Camp, Camp Nelson, Kentucky. He was moved to Nashville where he died April 11, 1864 at Hospital Number 19 in Nashville due to chronic diarrhea. His personal effects at the time of his death consisted of one great coat and one pair boots.

When the regiment mustered out on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville, it was noted that he had last been paid to December 31, 1863 and had never received a bounty.

Shell is buried at Nashville National Cemetery in Madison, Tennessee.


  1. 1850 U.S. Census, 2nd Civil District, Carter County, Tennessee.

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