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Russell, Chandler Miller


Age: 18, credited to Wilmington, VT
Unit(s): 16th VT INF
Service: enl 9/3/62, m/i 10/23/62, Pvt, Co. F, 16th VT INF, m/o 8/10/63

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Birth: 12/07/1842, Wilmington, VT
Death: 12/15/1911

Burial: Riverview Cemetery, Wilmington, VT
Marker/Plot: 105
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Bob Edwards
Findagrave Memorial #: 75887168


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 8/11/1890, VT: widow Gertrude E., 12/26/1911, VT
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None


Great Grandfather of Sandy MacDonald, Nantucket, MA

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Riverview Cemetery, Wilmington, VT

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Chandler Miller Russell

Russell, Chandler Miller, of Wilmington, son of Jordan H. and Harriet L. (Partridge) Russell, was born in Wilmington, Dec. 7, 1842.

His early education was received in the public schools and he fitted for college at Wesleyan Academy, graduating in 1865.

In 1862, while pursuing his academic course, he returned to his native state and enlisted in Co. F, 16th Vt. Vols., and participated with this regiment in the battle of Gettysburg, being mustered out of service August 10, 1863.

Subsequently he creditably filled the position of principal of the Wilmington high school, and in 1867 engaged in mercantile business in that town, which pursuit he followed until 1878. Three years later Mr. Russell again resumed the profession of teaching, and in 1882 entered the National College of Elocution and Oratory at Philadelphia, graduating in 1884. In connection with Mrs. Russell he then traveled through New England and New York, giving public readings, which were received with marked favor. For the last six years Mr. Russell has traveled extensively, lecturing upon popular subjects, in which enterprise he has been unusually successful.

He was united in marriage in June, 1877, to Gertrude E., daughter of Lorenzo and Beulah (Blanchard) Bowen of Readsboro. Of this union one child was born: Blanche Leone.

Mr. Russell was one of the incorporators of the Mount Vernon Institute of Elocution and Languages of Philadelphia, and at present holds the position of director. He has held many important local offices, always discharging faithfully and conscientiously the trusts reposed in him. In 1891 he was elected a councillor of the American Institute of Civics, New York City. He is a frequent contributor to the columns of various newspapers and periodicals, and is now collecting material for a history of the 16th Vermont Regiment, and, with the aid of an excellent private library and his own personal endeavor, keeps well informed with regard to all matters of current interest.

For nearly thirty years Mr. Russell has been a Free Mason, holding various honorable positions in the order, and he is prominent in the GAR

He is the manager of an extensive insurance business, but still devotes some time to filling engagements on the platform.

Source: Jacob G. Ullery, compiler, Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, (Transcript Publishing Company, Brattleboro, VT, 1894), Part II, pp. 345.


Deerfield Valley Times
22 Dec 1911

Chandler Miller Russell

Seldom, if ever, has our town received so severe a shock as when last Friday (Dec.15) the news flashed from New York that C.M. Russell was dead.

Mr. Russell left home the previous Monday, not fully recovered from a recent severe attack of acute indigestion, to fulfill lecture engagements in New York City. Announcements had been made and true to his instinct of integrity Mr. Russell felt bound to fulfill. One lecture was delivered Tuesday night. The exertion and nervous strain were too great. He was taken ill and before his wife could reach him word met her at Readsboro that he was dead. An hour later the sad news had been told in every home in this village, where he had lived so long and was known so well. Men gathered in knots and their subdued tones betrayed their emotions. It was hard to realize that one so recently so full of life and so closely identified with the interests and affairs of town and village was no more. But it was to his immediate family that the news had the keenest significance.

Chandler Miller Russell was born in Wilmington Dec. 7, 1842. He was the only son of J. H. and Harriet L. Russell. He received his early education in the common schools of his native town and fitted for college at Wesleyan Academy, graduating with honor in 1865. Soon after entering Wesleyan Academy, there came a call from President Lincoln for volunteers to fill the ranks of the Union army. Heeding the duty of the hour he returned to Wilmington, enlisted in Co. F, 16th Vt. Vols., and participated with his regiment in the Battle of Gettysburg, July 2nd and 3rd, 1863. Was mustered out of service, by reason of expiration of term of enlistment August 10 of the same year.

For three years after his graduation he filled the position of principal of Wilmington high school. From that time for several years he was engaged in mercantile pursuits in Wilmington. He was married in June 1877 to Gertrude E., daughter of Lorenzo and Beulah Bowen of Readsboro. In 1882 he entered the National College of Elocution and Oratory in Philadelphia, graduating in 1884. For about six years Mr. and Mrs. Russell traveled through New England and a portion of New York state giving public readings which were received with much favor.

In 1882 he was appointed door-keeper of the State Senate at Montpelier. For several years beginning in 1898 he devoted his time largely to an extensive insurance business.

He has held town offices, including justice of the peace, school superintendent, lister, and for ten years constable and collector of taxes, and was at the time of his death one of the village trustees.

Mr. Russell became a member of Social Lodge, F. & A.M., in 1867, was worshipful master for several terms, and secretary for more than twenty-five years. As a boy he was studious and scholarly, and all his life greatly interested in educational matters. He was a charter member of C.B. Lawton Post, G.A.R., in which he held important offices until the time of his death.

He was a liberal in religion, in politics a consistent Republican, casting his first vote for Abraham Lincoln in 1864. He was methodical, thorough and conscientious in whatever he undertook. He had a cultivated library taste and was a frequent contributor to the newspapers and periodicals of his town and state. He had a fine library of 1500 volumes and in their perusal he found a never failing joy and delight.

Few men had language at their command, or could so expediously and skillfully use the pen, or from memory write the biography of almost any and every citizen past and present of his town. For many years he was an interesting correspondent of the Vermont Phoenix and other papers.

His home on West Main street is one of the finest in the village. Though not scientific in either taste or attainment, yet, in his well informed mind the great discoveries of the 19th and 20th centuries in which he lived had a wonderful meaning. Courteous to all, it was to those who sympathized with his aspirations and aims that he was particularly companionable. One of his favorite sayings was that the only aristocracy he recognized was the aristocracy of intellect. If he appreciated recognition it was because he meant to deserve it. Though a war veteran he asserted that "war was hell" and was greatly interested in the peace movement.

C.M. Russell was one of the foremost in instituting and rendering successful Wilmington's "Old Home Week." At the exercises in the grove July 4, 1890 he did good service as toastmaster and afterwards edited and compiled into book form, the toasts, speeches and poems rendered on that eventful day. In the Reunion of 1900 his services were equally efficient. In the last, that of August 16, 1910, he rendered valuable service in many ways, not the least of which was his exhibition of stereopticon pictures, lasting two evenings, three or four hundred pictures of former and present men and women of his native town.

Of later years, Mr. Russell has been in demand as a Memorial day orator and has appeared in that capacity in many towns of the state. His dominating ambition was to be a successful and appreciated public speaker for which his wonderful memory and his acknowledged oratorical powers fitted him.

He leaves a wife and one daughter, Mrs. Blanche Leone MacDonald of Woodstock, N.H., who have the sincere sympathy of the entire community.

He will be missed by brother Masons, by comrades of the Grand Army and by a large circle of friends scattered over a wide area.

His body was brought to town Sunday. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at the Universalist church, Rev. F.M. Bissell officiating. The words spoken were appropriate and more in the nature of an eulogistic address than regulation sermon. Mr. Miller of Brattleboro sang three selections, "Lead Kindly Light," Face to Face," and " In the Beautiful Isle of Somewhere."

The flag of our country so revered and under which Mr. Russell had fought draped his coffin and a profusion of rare flowers covered the same. The church was filled. A large number of Masonic brothers were present, as were also comrades of the Grand Army. Among the many from out of town can be named C.D. Spencer, A.A. Butterfield and F.W., Arthur L., and R.S. Childs.

Out into the sunshine of a bright winter day the casket was borne to the village cemetery where the impressive burial service of the Masonic order was performed, the benediction of "Dust to dust, and ashes to ashes" pronounced and all that was mortal of C.M. Russell left to its long, last sleep.

Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.