George Doherty Johnston

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George Doherty Johnston was born at Hillsboro, North Carolina, on May 30, 1832. When he was two years old he was taken by his father to Alabama, where he was educated in private schools and at Howard College. He was graduated in law at Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tennessee, and began practice in Marion, Alabama. He served as mayor of the town in 1856, and in the state legislature in 1857-58. Enlisting in the Confederate Army as 2nd lieutenant of Company G, 4th Alabama Infantry, he fought at the battle of First Manassas. He was commissioned major of the 25th Alabama in January 1862, rising to colonel in September 1863. Johnston and his regiment were present at every engagement of the Army of Tennessee from Shiloh to Bentonville. Two days after his promotion to brigadier general, on July 26, 1864, he was severely wounded in the leg at Ezra Church and was on crutches much of the time during Hood's Tennessee campaign. When the army was surrendered at Durham Station, North Carolina, Johnston was on his way to join General Richard Taylor; no record of his personal parole has been found. After the war he was commandant of cadets at the University of Alabama, superintendent of the South Carolina Military Academy, and United States Civil Service Commissioner during President Cleveland's second term. After returning to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to live, he was elected to the state senate. His death occurred at Tuscaloosa on December 8, 1910, in his seventy-ninth year, and he is buried there.

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