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R.D. Johnston

R.D. Johnston

Confederate (CSV)

Lieutenant Colonel

Robert Daniel Johnston

(1837 - 1919)

Home State: North Carolina

Education: University of North Carolina

Command Billet: Regimental Officer

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 23rd North Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

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.

On the Campaign

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

The rest 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 & notes

Basic life dates and civilian data from Warner1. Service history from Clark2. The photograph used here is from Uriguen3.


03/19/1837; Lincoln County, NC


02/01/1919; 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, <>  [AotW citation 1003]