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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1840

Vol. II

(Born O.)

Bushrod R. Johnson

(Ap'd O.)


Bushrod Rust Johnson: Born Oct. 17, 1817, Belmont County, OH.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1836, to July 1, 1840, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 3d Infantry, July 1, 1840.

 p48  Served: in the Florida War, 1840‑42; in garrison at Ft. Stansbury, Fla., 1843, — and Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1843‑44; on frontier duty at

(First Lieut., 3d Infantry, Feb. 29, 1844)

Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1844‑45, — and Ft. Jesup (Camp Wilkins), La., 1845; in Military Occupation of Texas, 1845‑46; in the War with Mexico, 1846, 1846‑47, being engaged in the Battle of Palo Alto, May 8, 1846, — Battle of Resaca-de‑la‑Palma, May 9, 1846, — Battle of Monterey, Sep. 21‑23, 1846, — Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — and on Commissary duty at Vera Cruz, Mar. 3 to Oct. 1, 1847.

Resigned, Oct. 22, 1847.

Civil History. — Professor of Natural Philosophy and Chemistry, Western Military Institute, Georgetown, Ky., 1848‑49, — of Natural Philosophy and Mathematics, 1849‑51, — of Natural Philosophy and Engineering, 1851‑52, — and of Engineering and Mathematics, 1852‑55, — and Superintendent, 1851‑55. Superintendent and Professor of Civil Engineering in the Military College of the University of Nashville, Ten., 1855‑61. Lieut.‑Colonel, Kentucky Militia, 1849‑51, — and Colonel, 1851‑54; and Colonel, Tennessee Militia, 1854‑61.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States.​a

Civil History. — Professor of Engineering, Mechanics, and Natural Philosophy, Western Military Institute, Georgetown, Ky., 1866‑80.

Died, Sep. 7, 1880, at Brighton, Ill.: Aged 63.

Buried, Nashville City Cemetery, Nashville, TN.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record: he was prominent in the war, reaching the rank of Major-General, and is best known for his part in the Confederate victory at Chickamauga. Maybe the best online summary of his career — including his forced resignation in 1847, he having attempted to misappropriate government property — is an article in The Murfreesboro Post.

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