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  • NEWS - I've been working on another Civil War project, The Civil War in Howard County, Maryland, which is my home county.

  • 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. 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.


  • 6/1/2020 - Added a new reunion photo featuring five Russell County veterans, including James Wesley Bausell and four unidentifed veterans.

  • 6/1/2020 - Added a new reunion photo featuring eight Russell County veterans, including Andy Franklin Fields, George Burk, _____ Daugherty, Charlie Price, B. H Reynolds, Sam Elliot, Joel Campbell, and Creed Barton.

  • 3/14/2020 - Added two obituaries of Ward C. Humphreys to the Obituary page.

  • 2/29/2020 - Great news! Courtesy of Marie Rasnick Fetzer we have a new reunion picture! This new photo appears to have been taken around 1915.

  • 2/1/2020 - Added obituary of Jeremiah Boys McFadden to the Obituary page.

  • 1/4/2020 - Added obituary of John Price Browning to the Obituary page.

  • 11/23/2019 - Added obituary of David Kent Banner to the Obituary page.

  • 10/26/2019 - Added obituary of Francis Marion Blair to the Obituary page.

  • 10/12/2019 - Added obituary of Joseph B. Wampler to the Obituary page.

  • 9/28/2019 - Added obituary of William W. Hanson to the Obituary page.

  • 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.

    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.

Recent Russell County History Blog Posts
The Court House in Chambersburg, PA, 1863.
The work of McCausland's brigade. The Court House in Chambersburg, PA 1863.

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