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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.

  • 10/23/2015 - Another huge update to the site. I've added the original images for the Compiled Service Records for every soldier, as well as images for pension applications and miscellaneous images related to each soldier.


  • 11/28/2015 - Added obituary of Benjamin A. Shoemaker to the Obituary page.

  • 11/21/2015 - Added new death notices of Patton Thompson and Patrick Tignor to the Obituary page.

  • 11/16/2015 - Added new death notices of Patton G. Whited and Samuel Webb to the Obituary page.

  • 11/9/2015 - Added new death notices of John W. Lockhart and Calvin Jones to the Obituary page.

  • 10/27/2015 - Added over 300 death records to individual soldier's pages.

  • 10/12/2015 - Added death notices or obituaries of Canaan Counts, John H. Candler, and Granville H. Ferguson to the Obituary page.

  • 10/6/2015 - Added death notice of Smith S. Taylor to the Obituary page.

  • 10/5/2015 - Added obituaries of A. K. Evans, Charles W. Buckles and Elihu V. Taylor to the Obituary page. Added Andrew K. Evans as new soldier.

    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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