Joseph Johnston
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States (Confederate States, 1861-5)
Date of Birth: 1807
Date of Death: 1891
Cause of Death: Pneumonia
Occupation: Soldier, Businessman
Military Branch: United States Army (1829-1861)
Confederate States Army (1861-1865)
Turtledove Appearances:
"Must and Shall"
POD: July 12, 1864
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Date of Death: c. 1865
Cause of Death: Presumably execution by hanging
The Guns of the South
POD: January 17, 1864
Type of Appearance: Direct
Nationality: Confederate States
Joseph Eggleston "Joe" Johnston (February 3, 1807 - March 21, 1891) was a Confederate general. He preceded Robert E. Lee as commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, was wounded during the Peninsula Campaign of 1862, and eventually became commander of the Army of Tennessee despite his feuds with Jefferson Davis.

Johnston met his ultimate defeat during the Atlanta Campaign of William Sherman. After the War, Johnston engaged in various business ventures, and served a term in the United States House of Representatives from 1879-1881.

Joseph Johnston in "Must and Shall"Edit

Joseph Johnston was among several Southern leaders specifically singled out for execution in a speech by the new US President Hannibal Hamlin in July 1864.[1] This was carried out after the end of the Great Rebellion the following year.

Joseph Johnston in The Guns of the SouthEdit

Joseph Johnston was an early and enthusiastic advocate of the AK-47 provided by the Rivington Men.[2] With his troops thus armed, Johnston was able to hold off U.S. General William T. Sherman's advance at Rocky Face Ridge and again at Resaca, bringing Sherman's March to the Sea to a halt.[3] Johnston was lauded for his successes.

Johnston was one of the few people who knew that the Rivington Men were in fact time-travelers from 2014.[4] They had his memoirs, written in the original history, among their research materials.[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. See, e.g., Counting Up, Counting Down, pg. 58.
  2. The Guns of the South, pg. 56.
  3. Ibid., pg. 423.
  4. Ibid. pg. 484.
  5. Ibid., pg. 461.
Military offices
Preceded by
John Magruder
Commander of the Army of Northern Virginia
Succeeded by
Robert E. Lee
Political offices
Preceded by
Gilbert Carlton Walker
U.S. Representative from the 3rd District of Virginia
Succeeded by
George D. Wise

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