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Confederate (CSA)


Elliott Johnston

(1826 - 1901)

Home State: Unknown

Branch of Service: Staff

Unit: Pickett's (Garnett's) Brigade

Before Sharpsburg

He had pre-War service in the US Navy, being appointed Midshipman on 17 September 1841. He resigned, date not given. He was imprisoned in 1861 in Delaware for "southern sympathies". He volunteered as an aide-de-camp to General Garnett in December 1861, and was formally appointed Lieutenant and ADC on 24 March 1862. He was on General Ewell's staff at Cedar Mountain.

On the Campaign

He was on General Garnett's staff at Sharpsburg, where he was wounded in the foot early in the day on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was left behind and captured at Sharpsburg, and lost his leg to amputation. He was returned to service for the Gettysburg Campaign, and was on General Davis' staff. His leg wound gave him further trouble, and he was not fit for further field duty. He was promoted to Captain and Assistant Adjutant General in December 1863, but probably did not serve at that rank, retiring to the Invalid Corps on 14 December 1863.

After the War

He traveled to Europe in 1865 looking for a new artificial leg.

References & notes

Service from Krick.1




01/31/1901; burial in Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore, MD


1   Krick, Robert E.L., Staff Officers in Gray; A Biographical Register of the Staff Officers in the Army of Northern Virginia, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003, pg. 172  [AotW citation 17552]