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  • NEWS - Apologies for not updating this site in a few months, I've been working on another Civil War Project, The Civil War in Howard County, Maryland, which is my home county. I will get back to regular updates in the near future. I have 60 or 70 more obituaries to add to the site!
  • NEWS - This website (and its previously versions) is now 23 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.


  • 9/10/2019 - Check out the Master Obituary Index on my History site. I've added over 800 obituary and death notices to the index. I've also identified 70 new or additional obituaries for Russell County Civil War veterans. I will begin posting these new obituaries (plus the 50 odd other obituaries I have) in the near future.

  • 9/15/2018 - Added obituary of James H. Elliott to the Obituary page.

  • 9/1/2018 - Added death notice of William H. Hunt to the Obituary page.

  • 8/18/2018 - Added death notice of Isaac Leander Patrick and death notice of Andrew J. Porter to the Obituary page.

  • 7/21/2018 - Added obituaries of Joseph L. Webb and William N. Jackson to the Obituary page.

  • 6/24/2018 - Added death notice of James S. Boyd to the Obituary page.

  • 6/9/2018 - Added death notice of Isaac W. Davis to the Obituary page.

  • 5/26/2018 - Added obituary of Noah B. Cross to the Obituary page.

  • 5/12/2018 - Added obituary of William Short to the Obituary page.

  • 4/28/2018 - Added war time obituary of George W. Hendricks to the Obituary page.

  • 4/14/2018 - Added war time obituary of Nathan W. Easterly to the Obituary page.

  • 3/24/2018 - Added war time obituary of John T. Cowan to the Obituary page.

  • 3/3/2018 - Added obituary of Robert B. Hendricks to the Obituary page.

  • 2/17/2018 - Added obituary of Anthony M. Ferguson to the Obituary page.

  • 2/3/2018 - Added obituary of Haskew Ball to the Obituary page.

  • 1/20/2018 - Added three obituaries of James H. Gray to the Obituary page.

  • 1/6/2018 - Added two obituaries of John P. Wilson 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 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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