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W. Russell, Jr.

W. Russell, Jr.

Federal (USV)


William H. Russell, Jr.

(1838 - 1870)

Home State: New York

Command Billet: Regimental Quartermaster

Branch of Service: Staff

Unit: 18th New York Infantry

Before Antietam

Commissioned First Lieutenant and Regimental Quartermaster of the 18th NY Infantry on 18 September 1862.

On the Campaign

He was later cited for bravery at Antietam.

The rest of the War

Re resigned from the regiment to take a commission as Major and Assistant Adjutant General (AAG) of Volunteers in April 1863, and served - probably on the staff of the commander, First Division, 6th Army Corps - into February 1866. He was honored by brevet to Lieutenant Colonel of Volunteers for his War service.

After the War

He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the 4th US Cavalry - Regular Army - in October 1867. He was then also honored by brevet to First Lieutenant USA for Antietam, to Captain for Gettysburg, and Major for Petersburg. He died in Texas of wounds received in action against Indians on 14 May 1870. He was originally buried in Lampasas, Texas, but his remains were "forwarded to his father in Albany, N.Y. " in 1872.

References & notes

Service information from State of New York1 and Heitman2. The picture here from a photograph in the collection of the New York State Military Museum available online through the New York Heritage portal. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


11/22/1838; Albany, NY


05/15/1870; Mount Adam, TX; burial in Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, NY


1   State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, Issue 19 (for 1899), pg. 1055  [AotW citation 7827]

2   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, Vol. 1, pg. 854  [AotW citation 7828]