General Joseph E. Johnston

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“General Johnston, born in Cherry Grove, near Farmville, Va., February 3rd, 1807; died at Washington, D. C., March 21st, 1891; was graduated at the United States Military Academy in 1829, and was commissioned second lieutenant in the Fourth Artillery. He served with great distinction in the Black Hawk, Seminole, Florida and Mexican wars. On June 28th, 1860, he was commissioned quartermaster general of the United States army, which post he resigned, April 22nd, 1861, to enter the Confederate service. He was commissioned major general of volunteers in the Army of Virginia, and, with General Robert E. Lee, organized the volunteers of that State. He was wounded at the battle of Seven Pines, May 31st, 1862, and incapacitated for duty until the following autumn. In May, 1863, General Johnston was ordered to take command of all the Confederate forces in Mississippi. On December 18th, 1863, he was transferred to the command of the Army of Tennessee. On February 23rd, 1865, General Johnston was ordered by General Lee to assume command of all troops in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, ‘to concentrate all available forces and drive back Sherman.’ In the meantime, Richmond had been evacuated, and on April 9th Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to Grant, and on the 26th Johnston and Sherman signed an agreement surrendering the Confederate army on the terms of the agreement between Grant and Lee."— Frank Leslie, 1896


Frank Leslie Famous Leaders and Battle Scenes of the Civil War (New York, NY: Mrs. Frank Leslie, 1896)


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