Melissa Russell was a native of Springfield, Massachusetts; she traveled to Alabama with her brother, Henry, who was an Indian agent near Tallassee. In the diary she describes fellow travelers, accommodations, social activities, and towns she...
In the letter Russell, an agent with the Freedmen's Bureau, informs Hall of a complaint from four of his contracted workers: "The 'Freedmen,' Frank Pfeaster, Abner, Ann, & Cicily have called my attention to the contract made between you & them last...
In this letter to Senator Russell of Georgia, Boykin discusses political division within Alabama and his own unsuccessful bid for reelection, and he praises Russell's abilities and efforts to promote Southern values.
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