|Death: ||Dec. 5, 2003|
Mr. Russell was a true Civil War battlefield preservationist in the largest sense. Civil War Preservation Trust President Jim Lighthizer called Jerry an outspoken advocate of battlefield preservation. "Jerry was one of the founding fathers of the Civil War battlefield preservation movement. He was fighting to protect America's historic sites long before it was popular to do so."
He was involved in the formation of the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites & was in the early planning stages for what became the Civil War Trust, both now merged into the Civil War Perservation Trust. The Civil War Preservation Trust honored him with the Edwin C. Bearss Lifetime Achievement Award in April 2002. He is also the recipient of many, many other Civil War Preservation related awards. He received one of the first "Take Pride in America" awards from the National Park Service. In 1997, he received the first Texas Star Award at the Texas Civil War Battlefield Preservation Conference.
Jerry is survived by his loving wife: Alice Anne Cason Russell; four children - Leigh Anne, Jerry L. "Sam", Susan Frances, and Andrew; five grandsons, a granddaughter and great granddaughter.
*Burial is unknown at this time.
Created by: Just another taphophile
Record added: Jan 19, 2004
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