Edward Johnson

Major General

Headstone: Find-a-Grave

Reference: Alabama Department of Archives & History. Custodian of the original pictures. Confederate Officers photo album.  http://www.archives.alabama.gov/conoffalb/index.html

Edward Johnson, "Old Allegheny," was born at Salisbury, Chesterfield County, Virginia, April 16, 1816. He moved to Kentucky with his parents in childhood and obtained his early education there. A graduate of West Point in the class of 1838, he saw service in the Seminole War and in Mexico, where he was brevetted captain and major for gallant and meritorious service and was voted a sword by the state of Virginia. Resigning from the old army on June 10, 1861, he went into Confederate service as colonel of the 12th Georgia Infantry. He was promoted brigadier general on December 13, 1861, and major general to rank from February 28, 1863. Johnson participated with distinction in the Valley campaign of 1862, where he was severely wounded, and led Stonewall Jackson's old division at Gettysburg, the Wilderness, and Spotsylvania. At the latter place he, along with most of his com­mand, was captured while defending the "Bloody Angle." Subsequently exchanged, he led a division of General S. D. Lee's Corps in the Tennessee campaign, and was again captured at the battle of Nashville, not being released from the Old Capitol Prison in Washington until July 1865. He afterwards engaged in farming at his old home in Chesterfield County, and died at Richmond on March 2, 1873.  General Johnson is buried in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond.

Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.

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