Russell, William, Sr.

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Russell, William, Sr.

RUSSELL, WILLIAM, SR. (?–1793). Continental officer. Virginia. Moving from Culpeper County to the Virginia frontier about ten years before the Revolution, he became colonel of the Thirteenth Virginia on 19 December 1776 and transferred to the Fifth Virginia on 14 September 1778. He was taken prisoner at Charleston on 12 May 1780, was exchanged six months later, and served until 3 November 1783. On the latter date he was breveted brigadier general. Father of William Russell Jr.

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Heitman, Francis B. Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army. Rev. ed. Washington, D.C.: Rare Book Shop Pub. Co., 1914.

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