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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1818

Vol. I

(Born Mas.)

John B. F. Russell​1

(Ap'd Mas.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, June 1, 1814, to July 24, 1818, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., Light Artillery, July 24, 1818.

Served: in garrison at New England Posts, 1818‑21; on frontier duty

(Second Lieut. 5th Infantry,
in Re-organization of Army, June 1, 1821)

at St. Peter's, Min., 1821, — and Ft. St. Anthony, Min., 1821‑22, — on

(First Lieut., 5th Infantry, Nov. 1, 1821)

Commissary duty at Ft. Crawford, Wis., 1822‑23; on Recruiting service, 1824; on Commissary duty at Ft. St. Anthony, Min., 1824‑25, — and Ft. Snelling, Min., 1825‑27; on Quartermaster duty at Hancock Barracks,

(Asst. Quartermaster, Mar. 14, 1828, to Oct. 13, 1830)

Me., 1828‑30; on Recruiting service, 1830‑31; on frontier duty at Ft.

(Captain, 5th Infantry, Apr. 23, 1830)

Brady, Mich., 1831‑32; on the "Black Hawk Expedition," 1832, but not at seat of war;​a on frontier duty at Ft. Howard, Wis., 1832‑33; and in the Commissary General's Office, Washington, D. C., Nov. 6, 1833, to Jan. 22, 1837.

Resigned, June 22, 1837.

Civil History. — Land and Insurance Agent, and Notary Public, at Chicago, Ill., 1840‑61. Appointed by the Governor of Illinois to organize and muster State Volunteers for the Mexican War, 1846; Colonel, Illinois Militia, 1847‑61.

Died, Jan. 3, 1861, at Chicago, Ill.

The Author's Note:

1 Was graduated as John C. Russell.

Thayer's Note:

a The phrase "but not at (the) seat of war" occurs frequently in the Register in connection with the Black Hawk War; the explanation in most cases is the one given in the biographical sketch of James Monroe (q.v.).

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