Here are two accounts of his service. The 16th North Carolina was not involved at Chickamauga
Madison J. Wells
Residence Buncombe County NC; a 25 year-old Farmer.
Enlisted on 5/7/1861 at Buncombe County, NC as a Private.
On 5/7/1861 he mustered into "F" Co. NC 16th Infantry
He deserted on 6/4/1863
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-North Carolina Troops 1861-65, A Roster
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M. J. Wells, Private, Company F, 16th North Carolina Infantry, Volunteer, enlisted May 7, 1861 at Asheville for 12 months, age 25, recorded Present, Sick, August 31, 1861, recorded at the Jan/Feb, 1862 muster as Absent, On Sick Furlough, Present at the Jan/Feb, 1863 muster, Deserted August 4, 1863 at Fredericksburg [Near Orange C. H., Va.], no further records
Note, his Company F muster rolls exist through October, 1864, last near Petersburg, Va.
Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of North Carolina