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.
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. Â§ 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia Â§ 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.
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.
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This collection is arranged in chronological order.
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.
Acc. 2013.060 was received by Special Collections via UPS on 2/6/2013 and 3/26/2013.
Accessioned and minimally described by Steven Bookman, University Archives Specialist.