(11-03-1818 - 05-29-1891)
He was born at Brooklyn, NY, the scion of a military family of
long standing. His father, Bvt. Brigadier-General Rene E. deRussy, and his uncle, Col.
Lewis G. deRussy of the Confederacy, were both graduates of West Point and veterans of the
War of 1812 and the Mexican War. His grandfather had been a midshipman in the
Revolutionary Navy. Gustavus attended West Point for three years, but in 1838 was
permitted to resign after being arrested for drinking. He was commissioned nine years
later as a 2nd Lieutenant, 4th Artillery, in the Mexican War.
During the War he won a brevet to 1st Lieutenant
for "gallantry and meritorious service" at Contreras and Churubusco, and on
September 13, 1847 a brevet to captain for "gallant and meritorious service" at
Chapultepec. He served as regimental quartermaster from 1847-1857 and was stationed at Ft.
Monroe in 1848. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant, May 16, 1848 and Captain on August 17,
At the outbreak of the Civil War deRussy was a
Captain in the regular army and highly commended by George B. McClellan during the
Peninsular Campaign for bringing "two guns . . .into action under very difficult
circumstances. . .". During the same campaign he commanded the Artillery Reserve of
Heintzelman's III Corps and was again praised in orders for his conduct at Malvern Hill,
winning brevets to Major, June 25, 1862, for bravery in action at Fair Oaks, VA, and
Lieutenant Colonel, for bravery at Malvern Hill.
Adolphus De Russy
He commanded the guns on Burnside's left at
Fredericksburg and in March, 1863 entered volunteer service as Colonel, 4th NY Artillery.
Shortly thereafter he was commissioned Brigadier-General, U. S. Volunteers, with rank from
May 23, 1863, and assigned command of the Defenses of Washington South of the Potomac. He
received a brevet to Colonel, March 17, 1863 and appointed Brigadier-General, U. S.
Volunteers, March 23, 1863.
He remained there until the end of the War when
he was assigned to the Department of Alabama. DeRussy received brevets to Major- General,
U. S. Volunteers and Brigadier-General, U. S. Army, March 13, 1865. He returned to the
regular Army in 1866 as Major, 3rd Artillery. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel,
August 25, 1879; and Colonel, June 30, 1882. He died on May 29, 1891 and was buried in