Russell and Gray, uncle-nephew with the 6th Arkansas buried side by side

John L. Russell fought with the 6th Arkansas Company C., at Franklin. He was part of Cleburne’s Division, Govan’s Brigade. Company C was known as the Dallas Rifles.

The 6th Arkansas also fought with the 2nd-15th, 5th-13th, 7th, 8th, and 19th-24th Arkansas regiments. This regiment saw heavy action around the Coton Gin at Franklin.

The 6th Arkansas regimental flag looked like this is in the Autumn of 1862.

Picture Credit: Arms and Equipment of the Confederacy (p. 259).

Forty-three of Govan’s Brigade are buried at McGavock, fifteen of those are from the 6th Arkansas; the most of all the Arkansas regiments.

Speaking of the action the Arkansas regiments saw at Franklin, including Russell’s 6th, Jacobson writes:

“Rebel troops, likely from Cleburne’s Division, pounced on the battery’s four guns [i.e., the guns of the 1st Battery, Kentucky Light Artillery] and hurriedly began turning them around to fire on the Federals. But the Confederates had a serious problem on their hands. When the Yankee artillerists had bounded away, they took with them the friction primers needed to fire the rifled guns. The crafty Southern infantrymen looked to improvise. A Federal officer nearby saw them pouring gunpowder ‘from their musket cartridges’ into the vent holes.”

A friction primer (above) was a small brass tube filled with powder, inserted in the vent and used to ignite the main charge.

John Russell, 6th Arkansas

Frank Gray and John Russell of Co. C. 6th Arkansas Infantry.  Twenty Nine year old John Russell was the Uncle of 21 year old Frank Gray. They are buried side by side in the Arkansas Section, Grave 12 & 11 respectfully.  Source attribute for this info: T. Burgess.

Extra notes:

According to this web site: John L. Russell was a private when he enlisted on 3 June 1861 at Little Rock, Arkansas; in the Dallas Rifles. He was transferred from Co I, 30 June 1862. Russell was captured 10 October 1862 at Harrodsburg, KY. Then sent to Vicksburg, MS for exchange 5 Dec 1862. He was 26 years old when he was exchanged 22 Dec 1862.

Additional reading:

Calvin L. Collier, First In – Last Out: The Capitol Guards, Arkansas Brigade (Unit history and muster rolls for Company A.)

One thought on “Russell and Gray, uncle-nephew with the 6th Arkansas buried side by side

  1. ROBERT STARK

    SHALOM, I AM RELATED TO FRANK GRAY AND JOHN L. RUSSELL. FRANK GRAY’S BROTHER GEORGE GRAY WAS MY GREAT GREAT GREAT GRANDFATHER AND HE WAS ENLISTED WITH THE 6TH ARKANSAS. I HAVE DOCUMENTED PROOF FROM 1910.

    GRAY, GEORGE Cpl
    Enl 3 Jun 1861 at Little Rock, AR in the Dallas Rifles. Detailed as QM Sgt 26 Aug 1862. Returned to the company 11 Jun 1863. Detailed as pioneer 1-30 Apr 1864.

    MY UNCLE FRANK GRAY III TOLD ME YEARS AGO THAT THERE WERE FOUR OF MY RELATIVES KILLED AT THE BATTLE OF FRANKLIN WHILE CHARGING SIDE BY SIDE INTO NORTHERN ARTILLARY POSITIONS. IT SEEMS ODD THAT I CAN’T FIND RECORD OF WHERE FRANK GRAY SERVED WITH THE 6TH ARKANSAS ON THE NET ACCEPT FOR THE TOMBSTONE AT FRANKLIN TN WHICH SPEAKS VOLUMES. GEORGE GRAY’S DAUGHTER NOEL GRAY FILED TO BE A DAUGHTER OF THE CONFEDERACY IN 1910 AND CLEARLY STATED THAT GEORGE GRAY, FRANK GRAY, AND JOHN L. RUSSELL SIGNED UP WITH THE DALLAS RIFLES COMPANY C 6TH ARKANSAS INFANTRY. CLEARLY THERE WERE MORE PEOPLE RELATED TO ME THAT FOUGHT WITH THE NAMES I MENTIONED. ANY IDEA WHO THE OTHER 2 MEN WERE THAT DIED WITH FRANK GRAY AND JOHN L. RUSSELL WHILE CHARGING THE ARTILLARY? OF COURSE MY UNCLE MAY HAVE MADE A MENTAL ERROR.

    I FIND THE STORY ABOVE ABOUT THE CAPTURED ARTILLARY TO BE VERY INTERESTING. MY UNCLE FRANK GRAY III TOLD ME HE HAD SEEN THE TOMBSTONE OF FRANK GRAY AND JOHN RUSSELL. I HAVE NO IDEA OF WHERE GEORGE GRAY IS BURRIED.

    ANYWAY. THANKS FOR THE INFO YOU PROVIDED AS IT HELPED IN FINDING OUT ABOUT MY RELATIVES.

    LOVE & GOD BLESS,

    ROBERT

    Reply

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