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R.D. Johnston
R.D. Johnston

Confederate (CSV)

Lieutenant Colonel

Robert Daniel Johnston

(1837 - 1919)
Home State: North Carolina
Command Billet: Regimental Officer
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 23rd North Carolina Infantry


Before the Antietam Campaign:
From Lincoln County, NC, he was a graduate of the University of Virginia Law School, and had been a lawyer and militia officer in North Carolina before the War. He was commissioned Captain, Company K of the 23 Regiment, North Carolina State Troops in July 1861, and elected Lieutenant Colonel of the regiment on 10 May 1862. He was wounded at Seven Pines on the Peninsula later that month.

In the Antietam Campaign:
He assumed command of the Regiment in Maryland on 18 September when Colonel Christie took the Brigade.

The remainder of the War:
He was again wounded at Gettysburg in July 1863 and soon after appointed Brigadier General to date from 1 September. He was wounded for a third time in action at Spottsylvania in 1864, and served through to Appomattox.

After the War:
He resumed his legal practice in Charlotte, NC until moving to Birmingham, Alabama in 1887 and becoming a banker.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Basic life dates and civilian data from Warner1. Service history from Clark2. The photograph used here is from Uriguen3.

Birth Date: 03/19/1837    Place of Birth: Lincoln County, NC    
College: University of North Carolina    
Death Date: 02/01/1919    Death Place: Winchester, VA    


1   Warner, Ezra J., Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders, Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 1959, pp. 162-163  [AotW citation 1001]

2   Clark, Walter, editor, Histories of the Several Regiments and Battalions from North Carolina in the Great War, 1861-1865, 5 vols., Raleigh and Goldsboro (NC): E. M. Uzzell, Nash Brothers, printers, 1901, Vol. 2, pp. 201 ff  [AotW citation 1002]

3   Uriguen, Mikel, Photo Gallery (Generals and Brevet Generals), Generals of the Civil War, Published c. 1998, first accessed 01 January 1998, <http://www.generalsandbrevets.com/>  [AotW citation 1003]

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