The Russell Register (Seale) didn't print until Aug 1875.ADAH has microfilm of this news paper through Sept 5, 1941 (except for missing issues in 1914).You may be able to find what you're looking for in Lee County newspapers:Here's a list of what ADAH has on microfilm.
East Alabama Monitor (Opelika), 1868 May 16 - 1869 July 16
Opelika Observer (Opelika), 1875 January 14 - 1883 March 1
The Opelika Times (Opelika), 1875 January 7 - 1886 February 20
The Southern Era (Opelika), 1859 November 22 - 1860 December 29
The Southern Republic (Opelika), 1861 January 5 - 1862 May
Hopefully these can help you or check neighborhing Muscogee County, Georgia.It's newspapers often printed items from Russell, Lee Counties of Alabama.....Jon