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General David Allen Russell Papers

Identifier: SC 00642

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Scope and Contents

This collection consists of correspondence, sketches, and other material mostly related to Union General David Allen Russell during the Civil War. Included in the papers are letters from the battlefield, hand-drawn sketches of the battlefield in Yorktown, Virginia and near Petersburg on the Appomattox River, issues of the Baltimore Clipper and the Philadelphia Inquirer  newspapers regarding Fort Monroe and the Battle of Antietam, and Russell's appointment to Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army. Russell's personal copy of "Map of Eastern Virginia" by A.D. Bache and printed at the Coast Survey Office in 1862 is also included.


  • Creation: 1858-1868 and undated

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Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use:

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical Information:

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Arrangement of Materials:

This collection is arranged in chronological order.

Custodial History:

The papers were handed down through the family of David Allen Russell's sister, Mary Elizabeth Russell Hyde. From 2011 to 2012, the papers were on loan at the Slate Valley Museum in Granville, New York for an exhibit, and were purchased from the seller in January 2013.

Acquisition Information:

Acc. 2013.060 was received by Special Collections via UPS on 2/6/2013 and 3/26/2013.

Related Materials:

Stock certificates and letters related to the Hyde family can be found at the Slate Valley Museum in Granville, New York.

Processing Information:

Accessioned and minimally described by Steven Bookman, University Archives Specialist.

Guide to the General David Allen Russell Papers
Finding Aid Authors: Steven Bookman, University Archives Specialist.
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository