Short Bios | Ebenezer T. Wells

Captain Ebenezer T. Wells, 89th Illinois
"Railroad Regiment"
By Michael A. Peake

Ebenezer Wells departed his residence in Rock Island, Illinois for Chicago to enlist on August 23, 1862, as 1st Lieutenant of Company "F," 89th Illinois. Wells served with the regiment through the Kentucky Campaign in pursuit of Bragg, and all the skirmishing leading up to the battle at Stones River. On January 7, 1863, he was promoted to captain for his conduct under fire, and later became Aide-de-camp on the staff of Brigadier General Richard W. Johnson’s 2nd Division, 20th Army Corps where he remained for the rest of the war, gaining accolades for his gallant conduct under fire.

Near Atlanta, Georgia, on July 19, 1864, Wells received a severe wound, requiring his removal to Chattanooga. One month later, he recovered enough to resign from the 89th Illinois in order to serve as Assistant Adjutant-General in Brigadier General Johnson’s new command in Middle Tennessee, the Sixth Division of the Cavalry Corps, Military Division of the Mississippi.

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Captain Ebenezer T. Wells, 89th Illinois
Library of Congress: LC-USZ62-129691