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First Name: William

Last Name: Russell


Gender: Male

Branch: Continental Army (1775 - 1784)

Date of Birth: 1735

Date of Death: 14 January 1793

Rank: Brigadier General

Years Served:
William Russell

•  Revolutionary War (1775 - 1783)


William Russell
Brigadier General, Continental Army

William Russell was born in 1735.

At the start of the Revolutionary War, Russell was a Virginia colonist when he enlisted as a Private in the Virginia Militia. He rose through the ranks to Colonel of the 5th Virginia Regiment and fought at the Battle of Point Pleasant. He commanded a substantial part of the American forces at the Battle of Kings Mountain and was brevetted Brigadier General for his service.

After the war, he produced salt in Saltville and served in the Virginia State Senate.


Russell County, VA, is named after him.

Death and Burial

Brigadier General William Russell died on 14 January 1793. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.

Honoree ID: 3033   Created by: MHOH




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