Obituary of Charles H. Russell, March 1, 1895
COL. C.H. RUSSELL DEAD
A Well Known Man Passes Away at Bridgeport, Conn, Aged Sixty-Five Years.
And Brave Officer and Soldier in the Late War – He was in the 1st Maryland.
Tuesday night in Bridgeport, Conn., his home, died Rev. Chas. H Russell, aged about 65 years.
This gentleman, soldier and minister, came to Williamsport from Connecticut and preached in the Presbyterian church there. When the war broke out he raised a company mostly of Williamsporters and went into the Federal army with them, he having the rank of Captain. He went all through the war and finally came out with the rank of Colonel, and went back to Bridgeport where he went into the wholesale and retail confectionery business and made a success. He was a man with a host of friends and a strong will and up right character.
Col. Russell married Miss Annie Zeller, a sister to Mr. Jacob Zeller and a half sister to Samuel and Bruce Zeller of this city. She died many years ago.
He married his second wife, a lady formerly a Miss Anne Amelia Shelleberger, but who was then the widow of Jacob Zeller, a partner in the firm of Gillespie & Zeller, one of the largest firms in Philadelphia, and a half brother to Bruce and [Samuel?] Zeller of this city. She died about six years ago and was a woman noted for fine intellectual attainment and a keen mind. She was a half sister to Mrs. T. W. Simmons of this city, and Mr. Otho Brien, of this county, and was a relative of Judge Shelleberger, of Washington.
There were no children by either marriage.
He was in Co. I, 1st Maryland regiment cavalry, and was early promoted to major. It was first intended that this regiment should be the 1st Virginia under Ward H. Layman, law partner of President Lincoln, but the recruiting was stopped and thus Capt. Russell was in the 1st Maryland.
Among some who were with him are Lieut. Wesley Embrey, John Bullrun Smith, Edw. Feigley, Ed. Smith, Thos. Lemen, George Corby, Beally Thompson and others. The late Major Anderson was commissary sergeant.
Russell resigned in December of 1863.
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