Charles Lambert Russell Journal, PC.5121


Charles Lambert Russell Journal, PC.5121


Colonel Charles L. Russell was a Union soldier who commanded the 10th Connecticut Infantry Regiment and participated in the Burnside Expedition of 1862. He died on the field during the Battle of Roanoke Island, 8 February 1862. This journal traces his service on the Burnside Expedition, from 1 January 1862 until his death.

Descriptive Summary

Charles Lambert Russell Journal
Call Number
Russell, Charles Lambert, 1828-1862
0.200 cubic feet
Outer Banks History Center

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Available for research.

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Copyright is retained by the authors of these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by the United States copyright law (Title 17 US Code). Individual researchers are responsible for using these materials in conformance with copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying these materials.

Preferred Citation

PC.5121, Charles Lambert Russell Journal, Outer Banks History Center, Manteo, NC, U.S.A.

Collection Overview

This collection consists of Russell's journal in four unbound signatures and one folder of supplementary items, including a preservation photocopy of the journal and biographical and historical information photocopied from published sources. The journal begins 1 January 1862 at Annapolis, Maryland. Russell recorded his observations and experiences while part of the Burnside Expedition, an assembly of ships that sailed down the Chesapeake Bay to Fort Monroe in Hampton Roads, Virginia, and then into the open ocean to Hatteras Inlet. The expedition took part in the two-day Battle of Roanoke Island, 7-8 February 1862, where Russell received a fatal gunshot wound. Russell's last entry in the journal was made 7 February, the day before he was killed.


Colonel Charles L. Russell was born in Litchfield, Connecticut, 25 July 1828. During the Civil War he was placed in command of the 10th Connecticut Infantry Regiment and died on the field during the Battle of Roanoke Island, 8 February 1862. Purportedly, he ordered his men to lie down to become less susceptible to gunfire but ignored the pleas of his subordinates to do the same. He is buried in a plot overlooking the Housatonic River in Oak Cliff Cemetery, Derby, Connecticut.

Contents of the Collection

Collection Contents
Journal, 1862
Box 1

Subject Headings

  • Burnside Expedition to North Carolina, 1862
  • Civil War, 1861-1865--North Carolina--Outer Banks
  • Hatteras Island (N.C.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Roanoke Island (N.C.)--History--Capture, 1862
  • Acquisitions Information

    Purchased from Ron Meininger, June 2011.

    Processing Information

  • Processed by LeVern Parker, OBHC volunteer.