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Updates and Information
  • 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.


  • 4/30/2016 - Added obituary of John W. Ball to the Obituary page.

  • 4/16/2016 - Added obituary of John W. Mays to the Obituary page.

  • 4/9/2016 - Added death notice of J. W. Rogers to the Obituary page.

  • 3/26/2016 - Added death notice of Joseph C. F. Carty to the Obituary page.

  • 3/15/2016 - Added obituary of James W. Bausell to the Obituary page.

  • 3/4/2016 - Added article on Mathias Lee to the News page.

  • 2/27/2016 - Added death notice of James Harvey Munsey to the Obituary page.

  • 2/20/2016 - Added death notice of Harvey Honaker to the Obituary page.

  • 2/13/2016 - Added death notice of Jacob C. Gent to the Obituary page.

  • 2/6/2016 - Added death notice of Richard H. Lynch to the Obituary page.

  • 1/30/2016 - Added death notice of Patrick Tignor to the Obituary page.

  • 1/23/2016 - Added death notice of David Musick to the Obituary page.

  • 1/16/2016 - Added death notice of Cummings Gilmer to the Obituary page. Added two articles on Cummings Gilmer to the News page.

  • 1/8/2016 - Added obituaries for George L. Kiser and Aaron Lilburn Hurt to the Obituary page.

  • 1/3/2016 - Added death notice of John W. Gilmer to the Obituary page.

    Older updates to the site.

  • Added scans and transcriptions of all Gilmer letters (122 letters). Here for the author list and here for the letters in chronological order.
  • The Letters section has over 180 Civil War letters written to and from Civil War soldiers from Russell County. Families include Barrett, Blackwell, Combs, Cowan, Ferrell, Fletcher, Fuller, Gilmer, Howard, 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 1862-1941.

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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