Charles Sawyer Russell

Russell Family Lot, Section 45, Lot 12. Charles is buried here in an unmarked grave.


Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. A native of Boston, Massachusetts, he served as an officer in the Civil War. He was a Captain before accepting a commission as a Lieutenant Colonel with an assignment to organize the 28th United States Colored Infantry. He soon became Colonel after the regiment was formed at Camp Fremont in Indianapolis, Indiana during the early months of 1864. He received a promotion to Brevet Brigadier General of U. S. Volunteers on July 30, 1864. The regiment continued to serve the United States after the Confederate Army surrendered and was ordered to Texas for various duties including patrolling the border with Mexico. The regiment was mustered out in November, 1865. He is honored as a white officer of colored troops at the African-American Civil War Memorial in Washington D.C. on panel B, number 44. Russell died from cholera at his residence in Indianapolis when he was 35 years old. He was buried in an unmarked grave within his family's lot. (bio by: K Guy) 

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