Monday, December 5, 2011

Avra P. Russell, Second Kansas Cavalry.

Numbers 9. Report of Lieutenant Colonel Owen A. Bassett, Second Kansas Cavalry.
Note this is just a part of the report. This report is on what happened on December 7.

The officers and men under my command behaved gallantly during the entire action. The commanding officers of squadrons already mentioned encouraged their men by their coolness and bravery, and I regret to say that Captain Russell fell, severely wounded, at the head of his company. Lieutenants Ballard, Moore, Mentzer, and hook displayed more than ordinary courage. Lieutenant [B. B.] Mitchell, commanding a number of dismounted men in support of Captain Hopkins' battery, and Lieutenant Aduddell, second in command of that battery, did their duty. I desire to call especial attention to the manner in which Captain Hopkins with his company handled the captured battery. Although having but four weeks' experience with that arm of the service, their coolness and the well-directed fire of their pieces would have reflected credit upon veterans.

Second Regiment Kansas Volunteers - Cavalry.
Company K.

Captain, Russell Avra P., Residence Leavenworth, Mustered in April 5, 1862. Died December 12, 1862, in Field hospital near Prairie Grove, Ark, of wounds received in battle December 7, 1862, at Prairie Grove, Ark.


Born: 07 APRIL 1833, Marion, Wayne, New York
Death: 12 DECEMBER, 1862.

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