Commander of the Army of Northern Virginia and the Army of Tennessee!
Severely wounded at the battle of Seven Pines, Va.!
U.S. Congressman from Virginia
Autograph Letter Signed
(1807-1891) Graduated from West Point in the class of 1825. One of his classmates was Robert E. Lee. He served with great distinction in the Seminole and Mexican Wars, in which he was wounded and brevetted repeatedly. He was commissioned a brigadier general in the Confederate Army in May 1861. The forces he commanded at Harpers Ferry linked up in time to fight with General Beauregard at 1st Manassas, turning the tide of battle in favor of the Confederacy. This performance earned him a full generalcy and the command of the Army of Northern Virginia. He fought against McClellan in the Peninsular campaign and was severely wounded at the battle of 7 Pines, Va., in May 1862. He was later given the command of the Army of Tennessee which he led in the early stages of the Atlanta campaign. He later opposed General William T. Sherman in the 1865 Carolina's campaign and eventually surrendered his army at Greensboro, N.C., on April 26, 1865. From 1879-81, Johnston served as a U.S. Congressman from his native state of Virginia, and was U.S. Commissioner of Railroads from 1885-91. He died in Washington, on March 21, 1891, supposedly as a result of a cold contracted while marching bareheaded in the rain in the funeral procession of his old Civil War adversary, General William T. Sherman.
Autograph Letter Signed: 5 1/2 x 8 3/4, in ink.
Richmond, Dec. 7, 1877
R. Worthington, Esqr.
Please send me by express the books mentioned in your recent note. If I understand, their prices are:
For Dunlop's History of Fiction $2.50
Browne's Highland Clans (2/3 of 28.00) 18.67
Wordsworth's Greece (Pictorial &c) 16.50
A check on the National Union Bank of Maryland for the same is enclosed.
Do you import to order (small)?
Most respectfully yours,
Very fine letter from one of the Confederacy's most prominent generals.