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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

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