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Civil War Soldiers - Russell
|Russell, David A., brigadier-general,
U.S. Army, was born at Salem, Washington county, N. Y., Dec. 10, 1820.
In 1841 he entered the U. S. military academy at West Point, in which
he graduated in July, 1845, and was assigned to the 4th regular
infantry and stationed on the Pacific coast. He remained there two
years, and during the time was brevetted captain. At the commencement
of the Civil war he was appointed colonel of the 7th Mass. regiment
which he led under Gen. McClellan through the Peninsular campaign. He
was made brevet major in the regular army for gallantry at the battle
of Williamsburg, took part in the battle of Fair Oaks, and was
promoted a full major in the 8th infantry; and for meritorious and
gallant services throughout the Peninsular campaign he was made
lieutenant-colonel by brevet in the regular army. In Nov., 1862, he
was made brigadier-general of volunteers, and commanded the brigade on
the left of the line at Fredericksburg in December, at Salem heights
in May, 1863, in the expedition to Beverly and Kelly's fords in June,
and at Gettysburg in July of the same year. He presented the War
department with the colors that his brigade captured on the
Rappahannock, and was complimented by Secretary Stanton for his
important services and gallant conduct while in command of his
brigade. In Nov., 1863, he was placed in command of a division, and
led the 1st division of the 6th army corps through the battles of the
Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor, and before Petersburg. At the
battle of Winchester, Va., Sept. 19, 1864, Gen. Russell, while at the
head of his division, was shot and instantly killed by a cannon ball.
He was given the brevets of major-general of volunteers and
major-general U. S. A. for gallant and meritorious service at the
battle in which he was killed.
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908