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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1826

Vol. I

(Born Ky.)

Albert S. Johnston

(Ap'd La.)


Albert Sidney Johnston: Born Feb. 2, 1803.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1822, to July 1, 1826, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 2d Infantry, July 1, 1826.

Second Lieut., 6th Infantry, July 1, 1826.

Served: in garrison at Sackett's Harbor, N. Y., 1827, — Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1827‑28; as Adjutant, 6th Infantry, at Regimental Headquarters, Sep. 14, 1828, to Sep. 7, 1832; in the "Black Hawk" War against the Sac Indians, as Col., Staff (Asst. Adjutant-General) of Illinois Volunteers, May 9 to Oct. 11, 1832, being engaged in the Battle of Bad Axe River, Aug. 2, 1832; as Aide-de‑Camp to Bvt. Brig.‑General Atkinson, May 8, 1832, to Oct. 31, 1833; and on leave of absence, 1833‑34.

Resigned, May 31, 1834.

Civil History.Adjutant-General of the Army of the Republic of Texas, 1836, — Senior Brig.‑General, 1836‑38, — and Secretary of War, 1838‑40.

Military History. — Served in the War with Mexico, of 1846‑48, as

Colonel, 1st Texas Volunteers (Rifles), July 8 to Aug. 24, 1846,

and, on the discharge of his regiment, was engaged in the Battle of Monterey, Sep. 21‑23, 1846, as Inspector-General on the Staff of Major-General W. O. Butler.

Civil History. — Farmer, Brazos River, Tex., 1846‑49.

Military History. — Re-appointed in the U. S. Army with the rank of

Major, Staff — Paymaster, Oct. 31, 1849.

Served on Paymaster duty, 1849‑55, when he was appointed

Colonel, 2d Cavalry, Mar. 3, 1855.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Mason, Tex., 1855‑56, — in command of the Department of Texas, headquarters at San Antonio, Apr. 1, 1856, to May, 1857; in command of Expedition to, and of the Department of, Utah, Aug. 29, 1857, to Mar. 12, 1860, — and in command of the Department

(Bvt. Brig.‑General, Nov. 18, 1857, for Meritorious Conduct in the Ability, Zeal, Energy, and Prudence displayed by him in command of the Army in Utah)

of the Pacific, Jan. 15 to Apr. 25, 1861.

Resigned, May 3, 1861.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States,​a and was

Killed, Apr. 6, 1862, in the Battle of Shiloh, Ten.: Aged 59.

Buried, Texas State Cemetery, Austin, TX.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record; he was one of the top generals of the Confederacy: President Davis called him its best.

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