James Mitchell Russell was born July 12th, 1840, at Shelby, Ohio, and was educated in the common school. Moved with his parents to the State of Michigan in 1852, and in 1856 moved to Rossville, Allamakee county, Iowa. Enlisted on the 13th day of June, 1861, in Company K, First Iowa Cavalry. Served in the grades of corporal, sergeant, first sergeant, Second Lieutenant and Captain. Discharged with the regiment. March 16th, 1866, at Davenport, Iowa. Residence, Connellsville, Fayette county, Pennsylvania.
SOURCE: Charles H. Lothrop, A History Of The First Regiment Iowa Cavalry Veteran Volunteers, p. 347