Thursday, June 9, 2011


Albert Sidney Johnston (1803-1862)

Johnston was born in Kentucky, and graduated from West Point in 1826. He served in the Black Hawk War, the Texas War for Independence, the Mexican-American War, and the Utah War. When the Civil War began, he was commander of the Department of the Pacific in California. He resigned his U.S. Army commission and was soon thereafter commissioned a full general in the Confederate Army by his friend, Jefferson Davis. He was commanding Confederate forces at the Battle of Shiloh on April 6, 1862, when he was wounded behind his right knee. He didn’t think the wound was serious, and remained on the battlefield. His boot soon filled with blood, and he lost consciousness. He died later that afternoon. After initial burial in New Orleans, his body was re-interred at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin in 1867.

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