William H SCHELL

William H SCHELL

Male 1833 - 1898  (65 years)

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  • Name William H SCHELL  [1
    Born 14 Apr 1833  Bavavia, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Military Between 10 Jul 1862 and 19 Jul 1865  Macon, Bibb, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Confederate - Civil War
    Macon Light Artillery 
    1870 US Federal Census 30 Jun 1870  Macon, Bibb, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Page 123&124 of 272 
    SCHELL, William & Family - 1870 US Federal Census
Macon, Bibb, Georgia (Page 123 if 272)
    SCHELL, William & Family - 1870 US Federal Census Macon, Bibb, Georgia (Page 123 if 272)
    Died 19 Dec 1898  Macon, Bibb, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Biography/Personal History 2016  Macon, Bibb, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Private William H Schell
    Macon Light Artillery
    AKA Phillips Legion Artillery

    At first glance, one would wonder why a soldier from the Macon Light Artillery is included with those of the Phillips Legion. There is a reason and an interesting story behind this seeming anomaly. During the spring of 1862 when the Phillips Legion's infantry and cavalry battalions had returned south to Hardeeville, SC to recover from the rigors of their winter campaign in the mountains of western Virginia, Colonel William Phillips went to work with Governor Brown in an effort to expand his Legion. After considerable wrangling with the Confederate government at Richmond, Phillips was permitted to recruit three additional infantry and two additional cavalry companies. Research indicates that he was also attempting to add an artillery battery and this unit was the newly organized Macon Light Artillery. Correspondence found in the compiled service record of battery commander, Captain Henry Ells, clearly indicates that his six gun battery, which was organized and in training at Macon, Ga., was assigned to Phillips Legion in May of 1862. The battery did not join the Legion at Hardeeville and continued to train at Macon until the Legion was moved north to Richmond in late July 1862. The battery soon followed but did not accompany the Legion infantry north in the campaign of Second Manassas and on into Maryland. It is not clear precisely when the organizational bond between the battery and the Legion was eliminated but this certainly was done by the beginning of 1863 when the battery was sent to serve in North Carolina. Another peice of evidence that points to the official link between the Legion and the Macon Light Artillery is the fact that many of the battery's members filed for veteran's pensions listing their unit as the Phillips Legion Artillery.
    William H Schell was born in Bavaria, Germany on April 14th 1833. Married to Josephine Welzbacher, born in Macon, he fathered five children. William was a very small man. Descendants recall him as standing less than five feet tall but was irascible and full of fight. He enlisted in the Macon Light Artillery on July 10th, 1862 at Macon just prior to the unit's move north to Richmond, Va., and served reliably throughout the war, earning a promotion to Corporal in early 1863. He was captured at Petersburg, Va. on April 2, 1865 and became a POW at Point Lookout until June 19th 1865 when he was released upon taking the Oath of Allegiance. The physical description on his Oath states him to be four foot nine and three quarters inches tall with dark brown hair and blue eyes. He returned home to Macon and resumed his prewar occupation of tinsmithing. William suffered a stroke at home on December 19th 1898 and died at the age of 65.

    Photo courtesy of Ms Margaret S Riggins of Macon, Ga and Mr James Sherling of Jonesboro, Ga.

    Written by Kurt Graham 
    Buried Honeysuckle Ridge Section, Rose Hill Cemetery, Macon, Bibb, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    SCHELL, William H - Gravestone
Honeysuckle Ridge, Rose Hill Cemetery, Macon, Bibb, Georgia, USA
    SCHELL, William H - Gravestone Honeysuckle Ridge, Rose Hill Cemetery, Macon, Bibb, Georgia, USA
    Person ID I4286  Schuler
    Last Modified 11 Sep 2016 

    Father Johann Peter SCHELL,   b. 10 Jul 1805, Jöhlingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Maria Elisabeth SIEGELE,   b. 2 Feb 1807, St Damian, Bruchsal, Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 26 Mar 1835  Bruchsal, Karlsruhe, Baden-W�rttemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Family ID F01493  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Josephine Walzbacher,   b. Macon, Bibb, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Macon, Bibb, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Jun 1870  [2
    Last Modified 11 Sep 2016 
    Family ID F1572  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 14 Apr 1833 - Bavavia, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary - Confederate - Civil War Macon Light Artillery - Between 10 Jul 1862 and 19 Jul 1865 - Macon, Bibb, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1870 US Federal Census - Page 123&124 of 272 - 30 Jun 1870 - Macon, Bibb, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 19 Dec 1898 - Macon, Bibb, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBiography/Personal History - Private William H Schell Macon Light Artillery AKA Phillips Legion Artillery At first glance, one would wonder why a soldier from the Macon Light Artillery is included with those of the Phillips Legion. There is a reason and an interesting story behind this seeming anomaly. During the spring of 1862 when the Phillips Legion's infantry and cavalry battalions had returned south to Hardeeville, SC to recover from the rigors of their winter campaign in the mountains of western Virginia, Colonel William Phillips went to work with Governor Brown in an effort to expand his Legion. After considerable wrangling with the Confederate government at Richmond, Phillips was permitted to recruit three additional infantry and two additional cavalry companies. Research indicates that he was also attempting to add an artillery battery and this unit was the newly organized Macon Light Artillery. Correspondence found in the compiled service record of battery commander, Captain Henry Ells, clearly indicates that his six gun battery, which was organized and in training at Macon, Ga., was assigned to Phillips Legion in May of 1862. The battery did not join the Legion at Hardeeville and continued to train at Macon until the Legion was moved north to Richmond in late July 1862. The battery soon followed but did not accompany the Legion infantry north in the campaign of Second Manassas and on into Maryland. It is not clear precisely when the organizational bond between the battery and the Legion was eliminated but this certainly was done by the beginning of 1863 when the battery was sent to serve in North Carolina. Another peice of evidence that points to the official link between the Legion and the Macon Light Artillery is the fact that many of the battery's members filed for veteran's pensions listing their unit as the Phillips Legion Artillery. William H Schell was born in Bavaria, Germany on April 14th 1833. Married to Josephine Welzbacher, born in Macon, he fathered five children. William was a very small man. Descendants recall him as standing less than five feet tall but was irascible and full of fight. He enlisted in the Macon Light Artillery on July 10th, 1862 at Macon just prior to the unit's move north to Richmond, Va., and served reliably throughout the war, earning a promotion to Corporal in early 1863. He was captured at Petersburg, Va. on April 2, 1865 and became a POW at Point Lookout until June 19th 1865 when he was released upon taking the Oath of Allegiance. The physical description on his Oath states him to be four foot nine and three quarters inches tall with dark brown hair and blue eyes. He returned home to Macon and resumed his prewar occupation of tinsmithing. William suffered a stroke at home on December 19th 1898 and died at the age of 65. Photo courtesy of Ms Margaret S Riggins of Macon, Ga and Mr James Sherling of Jonesboro, Ga. Written by Kurt Graham - 2016 - Macon, Bibb, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Honeysuckle Ridge Section, Rose Hill Cemetery, Macon, Bibb, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
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    MILITARY - CIVIL WAR - Veteran
    MILITARY - CIVIL WAR - Veteran

  • Sources 
    1. [S48] INTERNET Source, http://www.angelfire.com/ga2/PhillipsLegion/schell.html.

    2. [S00110] 1870 United States Federal Census, Images reproduced by FamilySearch, (Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009), [database online]., Macon, Bibb, Georgia (Page 123 of 272).

    3. [S00034] FamilySearch.org, Tobias Siegele in entry for Johann Peter Schell and Mria Elisabetha Siegele, 26 Mar 1835; citing Bruchsal, Baden, Germany; FHL microfilm 1,051,217.
      https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J4ZP-Y5Q