Brevet Maj. General David Allen Russell (USA)

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David Allen Russell

Birthdate: (43)
Birthplace: Salem, Washington County, New York, United States
Death: September 19, 1864 (43)
Winchester, Virginia, United States (killed in the Battle of Opequon (aka, the Third Battle of Winchester))
Immediate Family:

Son of David Abel Russell, U.S. Congress and Alida Russell

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About Brevet Maj. General David Allen Russell (USA)

David Allen Russell (December 10, 1820 – September 19, 1864) was a career United States Army officer who served in the Mexican-American War and the American Civil War. He was killed in action as a brigadier general in the Union Army.

Early life

Russell was born in Salem, New York, the son of David Abel Russell who was a member of the House of Representatives from 1835 to 1841. The senior Russell secured an appointment to the United States Military Academy for his son during his final year in Congress. The junior Russell graduated near the bottom of his class in 1845. His first assignment was with the U.S. 1st Infantry Regiment.

He transferred to the U.S. 4th Infantry Regiment where he served in Mexico. He was brevetted for gallantry and meritorious service at the Battle of Paso Ovejas and the Battle of Cerro Gordo. He was promoted to first lieutenant in 1848.

After the war, the 4th Infantry was sent to the Pacific Northwest. Russell fought in the Rogue River War and the Yakima War. He was promoted to captain in 1854.

Civil War

In 1861, the 4th Infantry was recalled to the East and placed in the defenses around Washington, D.C. Russell joined the volunteer army and accepted a commission as colonel of the 7th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Russell then served in the Peninsula Campaign and the Seven Days Battles. He was brevetted lieutenant colonel in the regular army for gallant and meritorious service.

In 1862, Russell was promoted to major in the regular army and assigned to the U.S. 8th Infantry Regiment. Still in command of the 7th Massachusetts, he fought in the Battle of Antietam. Later in 1862, Russell was promoted to brigadier general of volunteers and commanded a brigade during the Rappahannock campaign. He later fought at the Battle of Fredericksburg. Russell was primarily in reserve during the Battle of Gettysburg, but was brevetted colonel in the regular army shortly afterward.

In 1864, Russell fought in the Overland Campaign. He was mortally wounded later that year in the Shenandoah Valley during the Battle of Opequon, otherwise known as the Third Battle of Winchester, when he was struck by a shell fragment. He was brevetted major general in the regular army in the field.

He is buried in Salem, New York, in Evergreen Cemetery.

In memoriam

Fort D. A. Russell in the Wyoming Territory was named in Russell's honor.

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Brevet Maj. General David Allen Russell (USA)'s Timeline

December 10, 1820
Salem, Washington County, New York, United States
September 19, 1864
Age 43
Winchester, Virginia, United States