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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1838

Vol. I

(Born Ky.)

Edward Johnson

(Ap'd Ky.)


Born Apr. 18, 1816.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1833, to July 1, 1838, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 6th Infantry, July 1, 1838.

Served: in the Florida War, 1838‑41; on frontier duty at Ft. Towson,

(First Lieut., 6th Infantry, Oct. 9, 1839)

I. T., 1842, — and Ft. Smith, Ark., 1842‑43, 1843‑46; in the War with Mexico, 1847, being engaged in the Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — Battle of Cerro Gordo, Apr. 17‑18, 1847, — Skirmish of Amazoque, May 14, 1847, — Battle of Churubusco, Aug. 20, 1847, — Battle of Molino

(Bvt. Captain, Sep. 8, 1847,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Battle of Molino del Rey, Mex.)

del Rey, Sep. 8, 1847, — Storming of Chapultepec, Sep. 13, 1847, — and

(Bvt. Major, Sep. 13, 1847, for Gallant Conduct at Chapultepec, Mex.)

Assault and Capture of the City of Mexico, Sep. 13‑14, 1847; on Recruiting service, 1847‑48; on sick leave of absence, 1848‑50; on Recruiting

(Captain, 6th Infantry, Apr. 15, 1851)

service, 1850‑52; on frontier duty at Ft. Atkinson, Kan., 1853, — Ft. Riley, Kan., 1853‑54, — Ft. Laramie, Dak., 1854‑55, — in quelling Kansas Disturbances, 1856‑58, — Utah Expedition, 1858, — on march to California, 1858, — and at Ft. Weller, Cal., 1858‑59; and in garrison at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1860‑61.

Resigned, June 10, 1861.

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

Civil History. — Farmer, Chesterfield County, Va., 1866‑73.

Died, Feb. 22, 1873, at Richmond, Va.: Aged 57.

Buried, Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record: he rose to the rank of Major General, and was wounded in several battles. The details are given on several websites, among them his page at Find-a‑Grave, linked to above.

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