Civil War Veteran Honored In Longview

An East Texas veteran was honored today for his service, more than 140 years ago. Confederate re-enactors and family members of Crew Russell were on hand, wearing period clothing, for a ceremony to honor the Rusk County soldier. Russell served in the Civil War. In a solemn ceremony, a memorial marker was placed to recognize Russell's contributions in numerous battles.

The soldier was honored with a cannon salute, and full military honors. The Sides family have traced more than 60 family members back to their service in the Civil War, both Union and Confederate.