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    Russell County Civil War Website
  • 7/17/2014 - Added two articles on the murder of Andrew Jackson Porter to the Obituaries page.

  • 7/14/2014 - Added two obituaries for Fleming Stephens, a second obituary for Hezekiah Webb Bays, and a death notice of John Bracaridge Smith to the Obituaries page. Added scans of original letters of several of the James H. and Robert M. Barrett letters, and the letters of George R. Cowan, Cummings G. Fletcher, and Lorenzo Dow Fletcher.

  • 7/3/2014 - Added a death notice for Isaiah Drake Ball to the Obituaries page.

  • 6/27/2014 - Added a death notice for Edward D. Cooper and a second death notice of Henry Hopkins Dickenson to the Obituaries page.

  • 6/26/2014 - Added a second death notice of Thomas C. M. Alderson to the Obituaries page.

  • May - June, 2014 - Added obituaries and death notices for: Robert Preston Carson, Patton Thompson, Isaac Boys, James W. T. Saddler, Robert Patrick Hanson, William Thomas Love, Oscar F. Ferrell (a second obituary), Stephen E. H. Vaughn, Thomas Claiborne Akers, Richard Yates, George Washington Nipper, John Hopkins McFadden, Oliver Rasnake, Hezekiah Webb Bays, Calvin Jones, Thomas C. M. Alderson, Cummings Gilmer, George T. Jessee, Augustus A. Honaker, Nathaniel S. Dickenson, Cummings Gilmer, Cornelius Ball, Robert T. McElyea, Owen Stevens, James Gray, Thomas Musick, Patton Thompson, Oscar F. Ferrell, George Williams, Wilson V. Kiser, John W. Steele, James M. Purcell, Archer Jessee Candler, John W. Fickle, Thomas M. Vermillion, John Wiley Counts, Mitchell T. Fields, Elijah Judd, David A. Skeen, and David Kent Banner to the Obituary page.

  • 5/22/2014 - More updates to many soldiers.

  • 4/24/2014 - Another huge update, removing several soldiers and clearing up some confusion on others. Also, Compiled Service Records for Union soldiers are being transcribed and added.

  • 3/13/2014 - Added basic biographical information for Union Soldiers from Russell County at Union Soldiers.

  • 6/4/13 - Added Civil War letter signed by Elijah Ferrell, Hiram Howard, and William H. Howard describing the Laurel Hill retreat.

  • 3/23/13 - It's here! The largest update I've ever done to this site, adding a page for every single soldier who served from Russell County during the Civil War. Over 1,300 soldiers, along with their complete Compiled Service Records (over 10,000 cards transcribed) and biographical information from my database, including genealogical information, census information, pensions, and newspaper references. The link to Soldiers above now points to the individual soldier's pages. For the moment, only the Confederate soldiers are present, I'll get started on the Union Compiled Service Records soon.

  • I've added a "Support this Site" link for donations to help fund future research, including trips to Richmond and Emory and Henry University.

    Older updates to the site.

  • Added scans and transcriptions of all Gilmer letters that I have (approximately 90 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 the 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 1862-1937.

    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.

    The Court House in Chambersburg, PA 1863.
    The work of McCausland's brigade. The Court House in Chambersburg, PA 1863.
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