John Johns
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States (Confederate States, 1861-5)
Date of Birth: 1796
Date of Death: 1876
Religion: Episcopalian
Occupation: Clergyman, educator
Turtledove Appearances:
The Guns of the South
POD: January 17, 1864
Type of Appearance: Direct
John Johns (July 1796 – April 4, 1876) was the fourth Episcopal bishop of Virginia, from 1862 until his death. Prior to that, he was the 15th President of the College of William & Mary, from 1849 until 1854.

John Johns in The Guns of the SouthEdit

John Johns was the Episcopal Bishop of Virginia. On March 4, 1868, Bishop Johns was in attendance at President Robert E. Lee's inauguration. He asked for the Lord's blessing prior to Lee's swearing in. Before he could begin his prayer, the wind blew off his miter. Johns was able to catch it, prompting applause from the audience. Johns ignored them and made his invocation.[1] He was wounded in the arm in ensuing Richmond Massacre. He later presided over the funeral of Mary Custis Lee, who had been killed in the same attack.[2]


  1. The Guns of the South, pg. 408-409.
  2. Ibid., pg. 423.
Religious titles
Preceded by
William Meade
Episcopalian Bishop of Virginia
Succeeded by
Francis McNeece Whittle

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