Private Russell Lassiter (Lasetor)
Born 24 Oct 1842 in Warren County, TN, son of William Sandford and Nancy (Dykes) Brown. His father was a farmer of 200 acres of land, 'taught some schools', and was a minister of the Gospel with the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.
He had to go three miles to get to his local free school but could hardly ever get there only having in total about six months schooling.
At the time of his enlistment he was living in Grundy County, TN, where he worked as a farmer. He enlisted at Irvin College, TN, on the 18 May 61, along with his elder brother Jackson Van. Buren Brown, both joining H Company.
Was ill with fever at the time of the Cheat Mountain Campaign, VA.
Wounded, as was Jack, at the Battle of Perryville (Chaplin Hills) 8 October 1862, shot through the left hip. In hospital in Harrodsburg, where both were captured, having had a 'long spell of fever while there', from the October to February.
February 1863 at City Point,
VA, again as was his brother.
Arriving back at Columbia with bleeding feet after the Battle of Nashville, 14-5 December 1864, he 'came home' and says a Yankee bought him shoes.
After the war he went back into farming and continued to do so until his death living in Palmer, TN.
He was known within the family as Uncle Russ.
Filed for a pension on the 12 December 1892, number S1171, this was accepted.
Married Elizabeth Tate, about 1868 in Grundy Co., TN, with whom he had nine children, three of whom did not live past infancy. She and her last infant died during childbirth. She and four children are buried at Shiloh United Methodist Church in the Collins River Valley near Irving College. These are: James Jackson, Nancy Ann 'Mannie', Laura Jane, Samuel J., Abigail Davis 'Abbie', Victor Henderson, Noah Alden, Lillie Myrtle and Excell Brown. She was born 7 March 1846 and died 10 November 1887 and is buried at the Shiloh Methodist Chapel Cemetery Warren Co. The daughter of Samuel Jackson Tate.
He married Mary Frances 'Duck' Tate, the widow of John Nunley, about 1890 in Grundy Co. She already had three children; Alexander, Della, and Leonard B. Nunley. She was was born on 20 Oct 1852 in Grundy Co., TN, and died on 21 Jun 1907 in Grundy Co., TN, she was the daughter of Francis Marion and Mary S. (Bost) Tate.
He finally married Sarah Jane 'Janie' Lockhart on the 9 Nov 1907 in Grundy County, TN. She was born 8 April 1861 at Beersheba Springs, Warren Co, died 5 July 1953 Grundy Co. She was the widow of James M. Lockhart and the daughter of Holman and Nancy (Hunter) Lockhart.
Widow's pension #10581 filed from Grundy Co. 15 June 1932 accepted.
When he was about 80, and living at Palmer, TN, he completed the Tennessee Veterans Questionnaire.
Died 15 May 1932, Grundy County, TN. His wife died on 5 July 1953.