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Albert Sidney Johnston

Soldier of Three Republics

Charles P. Roland

Publication Year: 2013

" With a new foreword by Gary W. Gallagher Selected as one of the best one hundred books ever written on the Civil War by Civil War Times Illustrated and by Civil War: The Magazine of the Civil War Society A new, revised edition of the only full-scale biography of the Confederacy's top-ranking field general during the opening campaigns of the Civil War.

Published by: The University Press of Kentucky


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p. ix-ix

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pp. xi-xii

Charles P. Roland's Albert Sidney Johnston: Soldier of Three Republics has stood for more than thirty-five years as an essential title on the military history of the Confederacy. The only full-scale biography of Johnston ...

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pp. xiii-xvi

Shiloh was hallowed ground to me in my childhood. Born and bred in West Tennessee, only an hour's drive from the famed Civil War battlefield, I visited there on countless occasions. I went there on familyoutings ...

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pp. 3-5

Albert Sidney Johnston must have been touched to the heart. Before him was the letter of a Texas mother petitioning that her son, a young Confederate officer, be ...

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Origins of a Soldier

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pp. 6-19

Albert Sidney Johnston was born on February 2, 1803, in Washington, Kentucky. He came of a blending of two powerful, conflicting strains in ...

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Garrison and Fireside

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pp. 20-30

As a cadet, Johnston sometimes dreamed of a career in the west. He had once hoped to join a proposed American expedition to the Oregon country. Even if fortune should place him in the top five of his class, he said, and ...

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Chastisement of Black Hawk

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pp. 31-46

In the spring of 1832 a call to arms broke the placid rhythm of barracks life. Black Hawk and his faction of the Sauk and Fox Indian warriors invaded the northwestern frontier, and panic was upon the ...

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Family Tragedy

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pp. 47-52

With the successful ending of the Black Hawk War, Johnston looked forward to a period of sunshine in his own life. His conduct in the struggle had earned the praise of superior and subordinate alike, and he had weathered ...

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Texas Command

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pp. 53-80

On March 3, 1836, in Louisville, Johnston first heard the summons that was to give new purpose to his life-the appeal of Stephen F. Austin, Commissioner from Texas, in behalf of his embattled people. The day before ...

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Scourge of the Red Man

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pp. 81-103

Johnston and his supporters believed their impatience with the passivity of the Houston Administration to be common to the people of Texas. The Constitution prohibited Houston from succeeding himself in office, and as the Texas ...

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Invasions, Politics, and Romance

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pp. 104-123

Johnston left the Texas War Department, but he could not free himself of anxiety over the security of the Republic. For years after quitting office he clung to the vain...

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Valor at Monterrey

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pp. 124-139

Few men welcomed the coming of war with Mexico as heartily as did Albert Sidney Johnston. For years he had yearned to smite the Mexicans over what he deemed their perfidy and brutality toward Texas. Perhaps his only regret now was ...

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Texas Planter and Oracle

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pp. 140-154

Johnston returnedto a hero's welcome by wife and friends in Galveston. Expressing their "high sense of Johnston's distinguished service," a group of the city's most prominent men sought to honor him with a testimonial...

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Frontier Paymaster

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pp. 155-167

United states troops guarding the Texas frontier held a line of posts almost identical to that Johnston had planned years before as Secretary of War of the Republic of Texas. Now he was to be paymaster for the posts from the...

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The Second Cavalry Comes to Texas

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pp. 168-184

Fate smiled upon Johnston just when his spirit was at the ebb. On March 9, 1855, he was appointed commander of the newly formed Second United States Cavalry Regiment, with the rank of colonel. After five ...

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Federal Authority and Mormon Resistance

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pp. 185-214

An extraordinary mission awaited Johnston. Upon reporting to Secretary of War John Floyd, he received orders to take command of an expedition already on the march for Utah, in the far west, where the Mormon population...

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Military Occupation andLatter-Day Theocracy

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pp. 215-237

Johnston rode out of Salt Lake City to begin one of history's most unusual military occupations. Since the Mormons offered no overt resistance either to the new territorial officials or to the Army, his primary duty was to stand by ...

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Pacific Service and Desert Anabasis

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pp. 238-257

After a separation of almost three years, Johnston joined his wife and children in Louisville in the" spring of 1860. Granted an extended leave of absence from duty, he remained there for the next seven months. Little is known of how ...

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Confederate Command

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pp. 258-278

Johnston tarried at Mesilla for more than a week in his effort to capture the oncoming Federal troops; all the while his eagerness grew to be on the way to Richmond. "Great events are transpiring," he wrote to Eliza, "and we feel called on to ...

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Defeat at the Rivers

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pp. 279-297

By mid-November Johnston's strategy of bold maneuver to conceal weakness was beginning to lose effect. The Union generals in the west-Henry W. Halleck, who had replaced Fremont in Missouri, Grant in Cairo, and Buell in ...

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Retreat and Recovery

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pp. 298-325

On the night of February 15, while the generals at Fort Donelson floundered in indecision, Johnston encamped his Bowling Green force at Edgefield on the Cumberland River opposite Nashville. At midnight he went to bed, heartened ...

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Shiloh and Fulfillment

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pp. 326-351

Johnston arose before daybreak of April 6 and awakened the members of his staff. The woods about him teemed with men eating hasty breakfast and readying themselves and their arms for battle. It was a tense and solemn moment; for ...

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pp. 352-354

After Johnston's tragic death, Colonel Preston requested of General Beauregard that Johnston's staff be permitted to carry his body from the little church on the Shiloh battlefield to New Orleans for temporary burial until the family ...


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pp. 355-365


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pp. 367-384

E-ISBN-13: 9780813143378
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813190006

Page Count: 400
Publication Year: 2013