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  • NEWS - This website (and its previously versions) is now 20 years old! I began this site in late 1996 with basic service record information on many of the soldiers, and transcribed the 1860 Census in early 1997. My research goes back roughly a decade before 1996, so this site represents over 30 years of research. In that time I've received hundreds (probably over a thousand) emails and letters regarding Russell County soldiers, and I've answered every single request. I believe there is a tremendous amount of new material still waiting to be found, but I am having to go further and further afield to find new information to add to the site. If you have any information (photos, letters, obituaries, etc.) on any of the soldiers on this site, please get in touch with me!

  • 3/1/2015 - Check out my blog on Russell County history. The blog covers all aspects of Russell County, Virginia history, including 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.


  • 4/09/2017 - Added obituary of Charles C. Jessee to the Obituary page.

  • 3/25/2017 - Added obituary of Mitchell E. Gibson to the Obituary page.

  • 3/11/2017 - Added obituary of John Fletcher Bickley to the Obituary page.

  • 2/25/2017 - Added two obituaries of Jacob Brown to the Obituary page.

  • 1/21/2017 - Added photo of Charles W. Alderson to his soldiers page.

  • 1/7/2017 - Added obituary of John F. McElhenny to the Obituary page.

  • 12/24/2016 - Added three obituaries and a picture of Oliver Rasnick to the Obituary page.

  • 11/19/2016 - Added fourth notice of Robert Ratliff to the Obituary page.

  • 11/19/2016 - Added obituary of Henry Nathan Thacker Meade to the Obituary page.

  • 11/7/2016 - Added obituary of Hezekiah Webb Bays to the Obituary page.

  • 10/22/2016 - Added death notices of William S. Judd and John A. Lyons to the Obituary page.

  • 10/7/2016 - Added death notices of James Basil Hunt and William H. Vermillion to the Obituary page.

  • 9/25/2016 - Added obituary of Robert Ratliff to the Obituary page.

  • 9/11/2016 - Added obituary and death notice of William P. Samples to the Obituary page.

  • 8/28/2016 - Added obituary of William D. Snapp to the Obituary page.

  • 8/13/2016 - Added obituaries of Andrew J. Kiser and John T. Carter to the Obituary page.

  • 7/16/2016 - Added death notice of George W. Hicks to the Obituary page.

  • 7/3/2016 - Added obituary of William H. Vermillion to the Obituary page.

  • 6/18/2016 - Added second obituary of John W. Ball to the Obituary page.

  • 6/4/2016 - Added obituary of Charles C. Jessee to the Obituary page. Added death notice of Francis Lark to the Obituary page. Added photo of Thomas M. Vermillion.

    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 my site on Russell County, Virginia during the Civil War. 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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