Category Archives: A. S. Johnston

April 15, 1862: Johnston eulogized in the Times

Shiloh National Battlefield Park visitors at the sesquicentennial of the battle. A ranger prepares to speak at the site of Johnston’s death in a small ravine southeast of the Peach Orchard. The New York Times ran a complimentary editorial on … Continue reading

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April 7, 1862: News of Johnston’s death

A.S. Johnston Richmonders read in the Daily Dispatch about the death of Albert S. Johnston, and heard that Buell had finally made his junction with Grant. While it was true that the Union troops were driven back to the river, … Continue reading

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April 5, 1862: Big Confederate victory expected soon

Buell, soon to be defeated by Johnston. It’s not just the Northern newspapers that make their side’s plans public; here the Richmond Daily Dispatch gets into the act: From Tennessee river. Mobile, April –A general engagement is expected daily in … Continue reading

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April 3, 1862: Johnston’s orders for Shiloh

Johnston, commanding the concentration of Confederate troops at Corinth, decided it was better to attack than to wait for Grant and Buell to unite against him. He organized his troops into four corps, under Polk, Bragg, Hardee, and Breckinridge, and … Continue reading

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February 24, 1862: Buell takes Nashville – a premature report

Once the Cumberland River’s defenses at Fort Donelson fell, there was little to protect Nashville. It was the first Confederate capital to be captured by the Union. This dispatch in the New York Times was a day early, but Nashville … Continue reading

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November 18, 1861: Thomas makes an ill-advised retreat in Kentucky?

Gen. George Thomas From the New York Times: REPORTED RETREAT OF NATIONAL TROOPS LOUISVILLE, Ky., Monday, Nov. 18. A report reaches us, said to be on the authority of a Correspondent of the NEW-YORK TIMES, that the main force under … Continue reading

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September 10, 1861: Johnston takes command

Albert Sidney Johnston was given the command of the Confederate western theater, including all the areas that Grant would be threatening. ADJUTANT AND INSPECTOR GENERAL’S OFFICE, Richmond, September 10, 1861. General A. SIDNEY JOHNSTON, C. S. A., Richmond, Va.: GENERAL: … Continue reading

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