Peter Russell was born in 1845, probably the son of Peter and stepson of Susan Jane.
Peter (younger) stood 5’5” with blue eyes, brown hair and a florid complexion and was a 19-year-old lumberman living in Manistee, Manistee County, Michigan, when he enlisted in Company I on February 6, 1864, at Grand Rapids for 3 years, and was mustered the same day. He joined the Regiment on February 17 at Camp Bullock, Virginia, and was probably wounded on May 6, 1864, at the Wilderness, Virginia.
He died in the Corps hospital on May 12, 1864, from wounds received at the Wilderness, and was presumably buried among the unknown soldiers at the Wilderness.
No pension seems to be available.
In 1870 his father was living in Croton, Newaygo County; his youngest son by his second wife, was named Peter (b. 1867), presumably in honor of his son Peter who died during in the war.