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Col. Gilbert Christian Russell

Col. Gilbert Christian Russell

Male 1782 - 1861  (79 years)

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  • Name Gilbert Christian Russell 
    Title Col. 
    Born 18 May 1782  Abingdon, Washington, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Military Nov 1803  [1, 2
    Commissioned as an Ensign, Second Infantry, U.S. Army. 
    Military May 1809  [1
    Obtained rank of Major. 
    Civil 15 Sep 1809  Ft. Pickering, Chickasaw Bluffs, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Russell, then in command of Ft. Pikering, encountered Gov. Meriwether Lewis in "a state of derangement" and provided medical attention. Lewis departs for Nashville on 29 Sep 1809. Russell's letters provide important details of the last days of Lewis. William Clark, in a letter dated 26 Nov 1809, acknowledged that he had received letters from Russell about Lewis' condition.  
    Military 13 Dec 1813  White Hall, Lowndes, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Russell commanded the Third Regiment of Gen. Ferdinand Claiborne's force in the assault on the Econachaca or the Holy Ground, a Redstick stronghold. This was the occasion of Weatherford's fabled horseback leap into the Alabama River. Aside from shaking the faith of the hostiles in their prophets (who assured that the encampment was impregnable), the result of the action was inconclusive as many Creeks escaped to the safety of the opposite bank of the Alabama. Due to poor provisioning (Russell was reduced to eating his favorite horse), the force soon withdrew to Mount Vernon. 
    Gilbert Christian Russell
    Gilbert Christian Russell
    The Coffin Handbill
    1828 Presidential Election
    Military Jun 1815  [2
    Honorably discharged from the Service. 
    Civil 04 May 1816  [5
    Date that Sam Moniac received restitution for war damages under "an Act for Relief of Samuel Manac" [U.S. Congress, HR document 200, 1825:3-15], passed by the House of Representatives of 27 Apr 1816. Russell vouched for Moniac's loyalty and aid to the United States and acted as his agent on the claim. 
    Died 25 May 1861  Mobile, Mobile, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Magnolia Cemetery, Mobile, Mobile, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Russell, Gilbert Christian
    Russell, Gilbert Christian
    Person ID I6486  Dickinson
    Last Modified 11 Mar 2011 

    Family Margaret Hollinger,   b. 22 Mar 1798, Mobile, Mobile, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Jul 1874, Bay St. Louis, Hancock, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 1815  Mt. Vernon, Mobile, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Children 
    +1. Mary Russell,   b. May 1822, Mobile County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Gilbert Christian Russell,   b. Abt 1824, Mobile County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. George W Russell,   b. Abt 1828, Mobile County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location
    +4. Ann Maria Russell,   b. 04 Apr 1830, Mobile County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Mar 1902, Mobile, Mobile, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     5. Caroline Russell,   b. Abt 1833, Mobile County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Virginia Alabama Russell,   b. Abt 1836, Mobile County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Henrietta Russell,   b. Abt 1838, Mobile County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 7 Mar 2011 
    Family ID F1746  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 18 May 1782 - Abingdon, Washington, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary - Russell commanded the Third Regiment of Gen. Ferdinand Claiborne's force in the assault on the Econachaca or the Holy Ground, a Redstick stronghold. This was the occasion of Weatherford's fabled horseback leap into the Alabama River. Aside from shaking the faith of the hostiles in their prophets (who assured that the encampment was impregnable), the result of the action was inconclusive as many Creeks escaped to the safety of the opposite bank of the Alabama. Due to poor provisioning (Russell was reduced to eating his favorite horse), the force soon withdrew to Mount Vernon. - 13 Dec 1813 - White Hall, Lowndes, Alabama Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 25 May 1861 - Mobile, Mobile, Alabama Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Magnolia Cemetery, Mobile, Mobile, Alabama Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Russell, Gilbert Christian
    Russell, Gilbert Christian
    Fort Claiborne Historical Marker
    Fort Claiborne Historical Marker
    Monroe County, Alabama

  • Sources 
    1. [S336358] By His Own Hand?: The Mysterious Death of Meriwether Lewis, Guice, John D. W. , Jay H. Buckley, ed., (Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press, 2007), 30.

    2. [S336359] Dear brother: letters of William Clark to Jonathan Clark, Homlberg, James John Holmberg, ed., Filson Historical Society, (New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press, 2002), 230.

    3. [S336360] A Shovel of Stars: The Making of the American West - 1800 to the Present, Morgan, Ted, (New York, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1996), 37.

    4. [S336314] History of Alabama and Incidentally of Georgia and Mississippi, Albert James Pickett, (Sheffield, Alabama: Robert C. Randolph, 1896), 574-576.

    5. [S336311] The McGillivray and McIntosh Traders on the Old Southwest Frontier 1716-1815, Amos J. Wright, Jr., (Montgomery, Alabama: NewSouth Books, 2001), 262-263.

    6. [S336361] Deep South Genealogical Quarterly, Mobile Genealogical Society, (Mobile, Alabama: Mobile Genealogical Society), vol. 27-28, 109.