Albert Sidney Johnston Genealogy Lettern.d.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Albert Sidney Johnston Genealogy Lettern.d.
Creator
Ball, Mrs. (of Maysville, KY)
Extent
1 item (4 leaves), .5 c.f.
Subjects
Harris family
Kentucky -- Mason County --Genealogy
Johnston, Albert Sidney, 1803-1862
Finding Aid Author
Staff
Repository
Kentucky Historical Society

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Albert Sidney Johnston was born in Washington, Kentucky, February 2, 1803. In 1826, Johnston graduated from the U.S. Military Academy. He served in the Black Hawk War and later migrated to the Republic of Texas where he was a general of the Texas Army and secretary of war. Johnston also served in the Mexican War, after which he reentered the regular army of the U.S. In 1855, he received the command of the elite 2nd Cavalry Regiment with a promotion to rank of colonel. Two years later, he commanded the expedition to quell the Mormon rebellion in Utah Territory and was thereafter promoted to brevet brigadier general. Johnston became commander of the Department of the Pacific in 1860, but reluctantly joined the Confederacy after his adopted state of Texas seceded in 1861. His former classmate, Jefferson Davis, appointed him commander of the western theatre of operations. Johnston was killed at the Battle of Shiloh after commanding a surprise attack on Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's forces in April, 1862. He was buried first at New Orleans, then in the Texas State Cemetery in Austin.
Scope and Content
This one item collection consists of an undated letter written by Mrs. Ball of Maysville, Kentucky, to Miss Benton, Frankfort, Kentucky. The letter traces the genealogy of Albert Sidney Johnston.
Arrangement: Chronological