State your side, Sir? North or South?
Hayden Russell to the player when approached

Hayden Russell is a minor character featured in Red Dead Redemption 2.



Hayden Russell was an army captain in the 29th Ambarino Volunteer Infantry. He is a veteran soldier that believes the civil war is still going on and that the current date is April 14th, 1862.

Events of Red Dead Redemption 2

The player can come across his small base in Roanoke Ridge. He will point his rifle at the player and ask them which side they are on; North or South (As Arthur) or ask the player if they are with the Union army (As John). The player can antagonize or defuse the situation. If the player chooses to defuse, he is relieved that the player is not southern and asks the player if he has any news from his commanding officer, named General Scollick. He claims he is awaiting orders to advance into Lemoyne and take Saint Denis from the rebels.

His base is in the Roanoke Ridge region near the western border with The Heartlands. Once found, the base is labeled on the map as "Clingman".



Hayden has a thick, bushy mustache and a thick head of white hair.

He is seen wearing his military uniform, consisting of a dark blue jacket with buttons and rank markings. Atop his head we wears a brimmed, grey hat.


  • He will also open fire on the player if they fail to answer his question.
  • Russell believes that the current date is April 14th, 1862 and that he will soon march into Saint Denis and capture it from the rebels. This may be a reference to the real Battle of Forts Jackson and St. Philip, in which Union forces captured New Orleans from the Confederates, having took place only four days later.
  • Russell will not remember meeting the player from previous encounters.
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