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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1843

Vol. II

(Born Va.)

John P. Johnstone

(Ap'd Va.)


John Preston Johnstone: Born Feb. 1, 1824, Abingdon, VA.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1839, to July 1, 1843, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 4th Artillery, July 1, 1843.

Served: in garrison at Carlisle Barracks, Pa., 1843‑44, — and Ft.  p161 Monroe, Va., 1844‑45; in Military Occupation of Texas, 1845‑46; in the War with Mexico, 1846‑48, being engaged in the Defense of Ft.

(Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, Apr. 21, 1846)

Brown, Tex., May 3‑9, 1846, — Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — Battle of Cerro Gordo, Apr. 17‑18, 1847, — Skirmish of La Hoya, June 20,

(First Lieut., 1st Artillery, Mar. 3, 1847)

1847, — Skirmish of Ocalac.a, Aug. 16, 1847, — and Battle of Contreras, where, while skillfully directing, with daring gallantry, the fire of his Section of Artillery against the enemy's intrenched camp and batteries, he was, by an 18‑pounder shot,

Killed, Aug. 19, 1847: Aged 24.

Buried, Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore, MD.

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