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In late Summer of 1861, President Jefferson Davis was in his sickbed upstairs in the Executive Mansion when he took notice of a door being opened downstairs, followed by the sound of footsteps. "That's Sidney Johnston's step," remarked Davis, immediately feeling better and raising himself. "Send him up." [Life of ASJ page 291] Now, less than nine months later, Jefferson Davis's good friend and potential Savior of the Confederacy was dead... in puzzling circumstances. Supposedly, the South was winning the Battle of Shiloh at the moment General Johnston died; PGT Beauregard (Johnston's replacement) even sent a telegram that Sunday afternoon notifying President Davis that, "the Army of Mississippi is Victorious (while including the tragic, "by the way, Albert Sidney Johnston is dead.") The welcome news of Southern Victory (along with the sad death notification) was shared with the Confederate Congress; and foreign "observers" who were in Richmond (with prospect of promoting European recognition of the Confederate Government) were informed of the Confederate Victory. But, Jefferson Davis was not a man who could put his faith in the new electronic communication; he was most trusting of face-to-face conversation. And something about the report coming from Shiloh -- "Victory one day; returned to Corinth the next" -- did not seem right... How to find out the Truth? Who could be trusted to tell him the truth: about everything... the Battle, and General Johnston's death? I believe the man selected was one of the seven aides to Albert Sidney Johnston who accompanied the General's body to New Orleans: a man who would not only be able to describe the sad proceeding of the funeral... and Johnston's death... and the true outcome of Battle; but could also use the "Collapse of New Orleans" as cover for his need to report to Richmond. The man chosen had turned down General Beauregard's offer of employment on his Staff. His name was Dudley M. Haydon. An important Shiloh connection, previously overlooked... Ozzy References: OR volume 10 (various pages) Life of General Albert Sidney Johnston by his son, William Preston Johnston (1878) Encyclopedia of Louisville, Kentucky by John E. Kleber (2001) [Almost all of A.S. Johnston's Staff had connection to Louisville -- Ozzy] Daily Arkansas Gazette of July 3rd 1885 "The Battle of Shiloh and the Death of General Johnston" by Colonel D.M. Haydon "Rough Notes on Shiloh" (April 1862) by Major D.M. Hayden [misspelling of last name in original source -- Ozzy] Colonel William Preston's Letter of April 18th 1862 to President Jefferson Davis [believed to have been delivered by Major Haydon -- Ozzy]