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Albert Sidney Johnston

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Well, since I have been unable to find my answer on the site, I decided I would just start over and see if the combined knowledge of the SDG could help. If I remember correctly, Johnston was from Texas. Also that he was in California when he resigned his commission in the US army, and then travelled to Texas. My question is this: what uniform was Johnston wearing at Shiloh? Did he have an official Confederate uniform or did he maybe have a Texas uniform? Would any of his staff/aides have had a Texas uniform? Did Johnston have a cavalry escort? If so, what unit? 

 

Thanks in advance, for I'm sure some of you can provide answers (if not, I guess I'll have to start googling and reading).

 

Will this winter never end?!!! We have freezing rain tonight.

 

Grandpa

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Hello Granpa,

General Albert Sidney Johnston was born in Salisbury Connecticut, moved to Kentucky in his youth and to New Haven Connecticut at age of 12.  His higher education was at Transsylvania college, Lexington Ky where he was friends with Leonidas Polk.  He then went to West Point. 

 

At the battle of Shiloh, he wore a confederate general officer's uniform.  His staff and aides also wore a confederate uniform.  He did have a escort unit during the battle but these escorts were usually a small independent cavalry company who were changed often.  Don't know what unit it was.

 

Hope this helps

Ron

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Ron,

Thanks for your reply. I don't remember ever reading anything that mentioned his escort, but I will continue to do some research to see if I can find any mention of his escort at Shiloh. My reason for asking is that a Texas button has been found about 80 ft from the flagpole at the Johnston bivouac site. Guess I need to research what Texas units were at Shiloh.

 Several people are camping on our place near the Johnston bivouac site on the night of the 5th. On the morning of the 6th, they intend to walk to the battlefield following the Bark road or the path of the old Corinth - Pittsburg Landing road. If any SDG menbers would like to join them, email me at tncav19@aol.com. It would be primitive camping.

 

Thanks again,

Grandpa

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Johnston was born in Washington County, Kentucky (near present-day Maysville, upstream of Cincinnati on the Ohio River).  I have never before heard of any association of him with New Haven, Connecticut.  Polk was a year behind Johnston at the United States Military Academy, but I have never heard of Polk attending Transylvania ( and I look out for such associations).

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I concur with Transylvania on ASJ being born in Kentucky. His grandfather, Archibald Johnston, was half owner of an ironworks at Salisbury, Connecticut and was living there when ASJ's father John was born. In 1788 John moved from New England to Washington in Mason County, Kentucky. ASJ was born there in 1803.

Leonidas Polk attended the University of North Carolina prior to admission to West Point. Jefferson Davis was a student at Transylvania prior to West Point, but as he was two years behind ASJ it is uncertain if they met. Some of ASJ's classmates at TU included Stephen Austin, Francis P. Blair, and John C. Breckenridge.

 

Tom

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Yes, Tom and Trans are correct and I goofed.  It seems I'm wrong about Albert Sidney Johnston being born in connecticut.  Actually it was his brother Josiah,  who also attended Transylvania college.  Also wrong about Polk being at Transylvania, it was Jefferson Davis.  Both Polk and Davis joined Johnston at West Point.  I'm right about the uniforms.  Got one right at least.  Give me another try.  Ask some more questions.

Ron

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far as his escort goes he had confederate governor of tennessee isham g. harris, his brother in law i think william preston and doctor yandell his personal physcian whom he left to care for the enemy jus prior to his death

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Perry,

The men you mention were part of his staff but the staff had been dispersed over the battlefield on missions, duties, and tasks except Capt Wickham and Capt. O'Hara still with Johnston.  When wounded, General Johnston was in the eastern portion of the Sarah Bell cotton field with Statham's brigade but on the western side of the Hamburg-Savannah road.  Governor Harris was in the middle of the Sarah Bell cotton field trying to get the 45th Tennessee to join in the attack.  Harris soon reported back with Johnston but after the general was wounded.  They (Harris, Wickham and O'Hara) removed him from the Sarah Bell field and moved to a ravine on the east side of the Hamburg-Savannah Road.  Here he died at 2:30 pm.  If he had a cavalry escort, it had been assigned to other duties.

Ron

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