Born in 1837, Robert Hill Russell was the son of Valentine and Margaret Hill Russell. While Margaret was a native Ohioan, Valentine had been born in Loudoun County, Virginia in 1814 - giving Robert a tie to the Old Dominion. At age 24, Robert Russell enlisted in the 66th Ohio in Champaign County, Ohio on October 4, 1861. Russell's first true exposure to the horrors of war was in the wake of the Battle of Kernstown in March 1862 when he and the bulk of the 66th were assigned on burial detail for Union and Confederate soldiers alike. By May 1863 Russell had risen rapidly through the ranks and was appointed as captain commanding Company G.
By the late 1863, the "White Stars" of the second division of the 12th Corps of the Army of the Potomac (to which the 66th belonged) were transferred to the war in Tennessee. On November 25, 1863 at the Battle of Lookout Mountain, while performing a reconnoitering of the Confederate line, Russell had a tremendous fall nine or ten feet before landing on his face, slamming his head backward, causing a sprain to his neck and upper back. While he was fortunate enough not to break his neck, his injury did cause him the loss of four front teeth and would later plague him greatly later in life. A few months later, on the outskirts of Atlanta on July 20, 1864, Russell was prostrated by sunstroke, but refused to leave the line as Confederates advanced on their position on Peachtree Creek. Nine days later Russell's poor luck continued when he was shot in the instep by a Confederate sharpshooter and was finally forced to an officer's hospital, ironically enough, at Lookout Mountain.
After Captain Russell returned to his regiment and participated in Gen. William T. Sherman's "March to the Sea," his three-year term of service expired Dec. 28, 1864, and he was subsequently discharged. Instead of returning immediately to Ohio, Russell opted to remain in Savannah for a few weeks and went into the grocery business (he had just received "mustering-out" pay) with a German resident of the city.
Though in warmer latitudes, Savannah's winter that year was very cold and Russell was not quite prepared for it. By February , 1865, he opted to return to familiar surroundings and warmer clothing in Ohio. By 1867, Russell seems to have left Ohio and ended up in Rohrersville, Md. where, on Feb. 27, he married Almira J. Rohrer.
By the 1870 Page County census, Robert H. Russell (listed as a farmer, though also known as a Luray merchant) and his wife Almira were living in Springfield, in the same house as Jeremiah H. and Malinda Rohrer (both old enough to have been Almira's parents).
Russell's final resting-place can be found in Green Hill Cemetery alongside his wife.
Bio by Robert H. Moore, II (aka "Cenantua")
Valentine Russell (1814 - 1891)
Margaret Hill Russell (1818 - 1902)
Almira J. Rohrer Russell (1844 - 1914)*
Robert Hill Russell (1837 - 1911)
Minerva Ann Russell Longfellow (1839 - 1920)*
Eliza Jane Russell Vance (1841 - 1914)*
James Edwin Russell (1848 - 1932)*
John Fletcher Russell (1851 - 1942)*
Lorin Valentine Russell (1854 - 1871)*
Albert William Russell (1859 - 1941)*
Green Hill Cemetery
Created by: Cenantua
Record added: Feb 19, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 48365609