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Albert Sydney Johnston
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Historical Figure
Nationality: United States, then Texas, then United States again, then Confederate States
Date of Birth: 1803
Date of Death: 1862
Cause of Death: Gunshot wound
Occupation: Soldier
Military Branch: United States Army (1826–1834; 1846–1861)
Texian Army (1836–1840)
Confederate States Army (1861–1862)
Turtledove Appearances:
Southern Victory
POD: September 10, 1862
Appearance(s): Throughout
Type of Appearance: Posthumous references
Albert Sidney Johnston (February 2, 1803 – April 6, 1862) was a career United States Army officer, a Texas Army general, and a Confederate States Army general. He saw extensive combat during his military career, fighting actions in the Texas War of Independence, the Mexican War, the Utah War of 1857 (putting down a Mormon uprising), as well as the American Civil War. He also served a stint as Secretary of War in the short-lived Republic of Texas.

Considered by CS President Jefferson Davis to be the finest general officer in the Confederacy before the emergence of Robert E. Lee, Johnston was killed early in the Civil War at the Battle of Shiloh and was the highest ranking officer, Union or Confederate, killed during the entire war.

Albert Sidney Johnston in Southern VictoryEdit

Albert Sidney Johnston went down in Confederate States history as a martyr, and statues of Johnston would become common throughout the country, including on the National Square in Richmond.[1] That statue was destroyed by happenstance when the United States conquered Richmond in 1944. Oddly enough, the nearby statue of George Washington, who was esteemed by both nations, survived.

Before the War of Secession, he commanded a military expedition into Utah in 1857 to put down a Mormon insurrection, the first of many Utah Troubles that would plague the US for almost the same span as the Confederacy did.

ReferencesEdit

  1. American Front, pg. 30, HC.
Political offices
(OTL)
Preceded by
Barnard E. Bee, Sr.
Secretary of War for the Republic of Texas
1838-1840
Succeeded by
Branch T. Archer
Military offices
(Southern Victory)
Preceded by
none
Military Governor of Utah
1858
Succeeded by
A Period of Vacancy, then John Pope

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