Reposted from Zephyrs10:
By Kimberly Alexander and Ariel Myers
Family tradition holds that the desk was made
for him by the men in his Company and that it was used to hold Company records.
After seeing service at Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor, and Petersburg, Captain
Bell retired to Haverhill and kept store at his family home, the Montgomery
House at Oliverian Brook. (See earlier posts on the General Montgomery home and
Store.) The desk descended in the family and was returned to Haverhill by Capt.
Bell's grand-niece, Winifred Merrill Howard of Hartford, CT in 1960.