D. M. Russell Civil War letter
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D. M. Russell Civil War letter

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040. reference@atlantahistorycenter.com
Creator: Russell, D. M.
Title: D. M. Russell Civil War letter
Dates: 1862 July 9
Quantity: 1.0 Item(s)
Identification: ahc.MSS297f

Biographical/Historical Note

D. M. Russell was a member of the South Carolina Palmetto Sharpshooters Regiment, also known as "Jenkins' Regiment" or the 1st Palmetto Regiment. He was a member of Company B, which recruited soldiers from Pendleton, South Carolina. Russell enlisted as a 2nd lieutenant but he was a captain by the end of the war. Additional biographical information about D. M. Russell has not been determined.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a letter written by Russell to his mother about a recent battle, likely one of the Seven Days Battles in Virginia. Russell mentions that he was wounded during the fighting and his company was particularly hard hit. He lists the names of four dead soldiers and those badly injured, observing that of the twenty-five men in his company only three escaped injury. He tells his mother that he was injured near the end of the battle when the fortifications were captured and the "yankees" were put to flight. He writes that the Federal forces received a bayonet charge from his unit, and writes that the enemy fought "manfully." Russell was thankful to be lightly wounded considering the "dreadful slaughter on both sides." In his post script, Russell adds that he has heard that 50,000 "yankees" have surrendered, and he thinks "McClellan" may be among them. Russell is probably referring to Union General George McClellan.

Index Terms

Seven Days' Battles, Va., 1862.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives, Confederate

General Notes

America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia received support from a Digitizing Historical Records grant awarded to the Atlanta History Center, Georgia Historical Society, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Digital Library of Georgia by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

D. M. Russell Civil War letter, MSS 297f, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1973

Description Control

This collection was re-processed in 2012.


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

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