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Russell County Civil War Website
  • 3/1/2015 - Check out my blog on Russell County history. The blog will cover things that don't fit on these pages. It will cover things like World War II in Russell County, interesting census facts, pre-war emigration letters, and more. Check the widget to the right of this page for recent posts.

  • 9/10/2015 - Announcing a new website! has over 350 historic newspaper articles on Russell County, plus over 200 historic documents from the Campbell, Martin, and Steele families. It also contains a great collection of records related to African-Americans in Russell County in the 19th century. Stop by and let me know what you think!


  • 9/21/2015 - Added death notices for John J. Baugh, William H. Amburgey, John R. Stinson, Fielding H. Meade to the Obituary page.

  • 9/15/2015 - Added death notices for Harvey Honaker, Joseph Boyd, Hezekiah W. Bays, and Thomas Puckett to the Obituary page.

  • 9/1/2015 - Added second obituary for Joseph Lee Hackney to the Obituary page.

  • 8/29/2015 - Added death notice of James J. Henritze to the Obituary page.

  • 8/28/2015 - Recently added pictures of Granville H. Ferguson, William Thurman Bausell, Andrew J. Kiser, Lewis P. Cooper, and Wyndham R. Gilmer to their respective Soldiers page.

  • 8/25/2015 - Added sixth obituary for Calvin Jones to the Obituary page.

  • 8/24/2015 - Added obituary for Samuel Leece to the Obituary page.

  • 8/19/2015 - Added obituaries for Wyndham R. Gilmer, Andrew J. Kiser, John Wesley Steele, Augustus A. Honaker, Joseph Lee Hackney and Charles W. Statzer (disappeared) to the Obituary page.

  • 8/17/2015 - Added two articles on Mathias Lee to the Newspaper Articles page. Added death notice for Basil Mutter to the Obituary page.

  • 8/15/2015 - Added another obituary of Isaiah Drake Ball to the Obituary page, and two articles on Haskew Ball to the Newspaper Articles page.

  • 8/15/2015 - Added obituaries or death notices for Henry H. Dickenson, Robert Boyd Hendricks, William G. Buckles, John G. Vicars, Jacob C. Gent, Calvin Jones, Henry W. Lewis, David Fletcher Lee, Aaron Lilburn Hurt, and George Lee Kiser to the Obituary page.

  • 8/14/2015 - Added obituaries or death notices for John Wiley Counts, Noah B. Sanders, Edwin R. Smith, Henry Clay Alderson, Franklin Howard, John B. Turner, Charles Lewis Samples, William Short, Isaiah Drake Ball, and Calvin Jones to the Obituary page.

  • 7/29/2015 - Added fifth obituary of Hezekiah Webb Bays to the Obituary page.

  • 8/3/2015 - Added article on the murder of George Washington Vicars to the Obituary page.

  • 7/29/2015 - Added obituary of William A. Gilmer to the Obituary page.

  • 7/13/2015 - Added the remaining Gilmer family letters to the Letters page. Included are ca. 20 additional letters of William R. Gilmer, plus letters from George R. Cowan, Robert E. Cowan, Edward D. Gray, Cummings Gilmer Jr., and Sarah Gilmer.

  • 5/28/2015 - 7/13/2015 - Added death notice for Hiram S. Fickle, Robert Ratliff, Wilson Turner, Napoleon B. Smith, John Henry Hess, John W. Gilmer, John W. Hackney, Jacob E. Fugate, Benjamin Whetsell, Richard H. Lynch, David W. Barker, Patton G. Whited, Ira R. Fuller, John T. Candler, Napoleon Bonaparte Casey, Noah W. Kiser and Balfour White to the Obituary page.

  • 4/27/2015 - Added 1850 Slave Schedules.

  • 4/3/2015 - Added new letter (2a) of Harvey W. Martin to the Letters page.

  • 4/3/2015 - Added new soldier, Richard H. Lynch to the Soldiers page.

  • 3/6/2015 - Added new letter (no. 3) of Harvey W. Martin to the Letters page.

  • 3/5/2015 - Added the full transcription of the 1900 Census for Russell County.

  • 1/4/2015 - 4/21/2015 - Added obituaries or death notice for William Thomas Love, Robert Patrick Hanson, Eli Buckles, John Jackson Litton, William Dills, Joseph D. Alderson, Leonidas Blackwell, John T. Gray, Charles W. Alderson, Peter B. Henritze, Jesse B. Fuller, Lewis J. Walden, Samuel M. Webb, Augustus Aston Honaker, William G. Buckles, Henry Powell Meade, Francis Lark, Edward Dolan Kernan Cooper, Noah K. Rasnick, John Browning, Canaan Counts, Cornelius Ball, George W. J. Gray, Andrew F. Hurt, Robert B. Hendricks, William L. Jessee, T. C. M. Alderson, David Kimberland, William J. Campbell, Robert Preston Carson, James Basil Hunt, and William Fletcher Addison to the Obituary page.

  • 1/8/2015 - Added the 1910, 1920, and 1930 Censuses (soldier houses only) for Russell County and linked all soldiers to the census.

  • 11/14/2014 - Added 1850, 1870, 1880, and 1900 Censuses for Russell County and linked all soldiers to the census.

    Older updates to the site.

  • Added scans and transcriptions of all Gilmer letters that I have (approximately 114 letters) with help from Donna Akers Warmuth. Here for the author list and here for the letters in chronological order.
  • The Letters section has over 150 Civil War letters written to and from Civil War soldiers from Russell County. Families include Barrett, Blackwell, Combs, Cowan, Fletcher, Fuller, Gilmer, Kelly, Kendrick, Martin, McFarlane, Reynolds, Vermillion, and Whitt.
  • Four photos of Confederate veterans, taken in ca. 1905, ca. 1910, 1912 and 1920. Many of the veterans are unidentified. Can you help?
  • The Soldiers page has a list of every soldier who served from Russell County.
  • The Obituary Index is to many different papers. It has the entire text of the mention in the paper, plus a scan of the article.
  • 1888 Civil War Pension Applications and the 1900 Pension Applications have been added.
  • Newspaper Articles contains mentions of Confederate veterans and their activities from 1862-1938.

to the Russell County, Virginia Civil War Website. Here you will find information on all aspects ofFrancis Marion Steele, 29th Virginia Infantry, wounded at Drewry's Bluff, 1864 Russell County and the soldiers who served during the Civil War. If you have any questions or comments just drop me a line at I am always looking for more information and resources related to Russell County during the Civil War.

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