Tuesday, July 12, 2016

A Closer Look at Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston-- Part 2: A Feud With Davis

At the outbreak of the war, Johnston resigned his commission as Quartermaster General of the U.S. Army to fight for the Confederacy.  At First Manassas, he commands the Confederate forces as the highest-ranking officer in the army.  Then President Jefferson Davis reorganizes the high command, demoting Johnston to fourth in rank.

He takes this as the gravest insult to his honor and enters into a feud with Davis that comes to a head after he is wounded in the chest at the Battle of Seven Pines during the Peninsula Campaign.  When Johnston recovers, he is posted to the western outlands, far from Richmond and Davis.

And, so he remained until near the end of the war when he was called upon in a last-ditch effort to stop Union general Sherman's massive army rolling across Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.

--Old Secesh

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