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D.E. Johnston

D.E. Johnston

Confederate (CSV)


David Emmons Johnston

(1845 - 1917)

Home State: Virginia

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 7th Virginia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He enlisted 13 May 1861 at Giles Courthouse in Company D, and was promoted to Corporal on 28 April 1862. Wounded at Williamsburg, VA on 5 May 1862.

The rest of the War

Promoted to Sergeant July/Aug 1863. To Sgt.-Major 12/10/63. Wounded in the side at Gettysburg in the bombardment which preceded Pickett's charge on 3 July 1863, and captured. He was at the General Hospital West's Bldgs, and Chester. Exchanged in November 1863. Captured again at Sayler's Creek, VA on 6 April 1865 and held at Pt. Lookout. Took the Oath of Allegiance to the US on 28 June 1865.

After the War

Lawyer in Pearlsburg, 1867. Lived in Princeton, WV 1870-1893. Prosecuting attorney, 1872-1876. State Senate, 1878. Judge, 9th Judicial Circuit, 1880-1888. To Bluefield, WV, 1893-1908. Democratic Presidential elector, 1896. Served in U.S. House of Representatives, 1899-1901. To Portland, OR in 1908. Lawyer in the pulp and paper mill industry, in Portland Trust Co., and Citizens' Bank.

Author of 3 books: History of Middle New River Settlements; Four Years a Soldier, and Story of a Confederate Boy in the Civil War.

References & notes

Basic information from Riggs1. His photograph here from an online edition of Confederate Boy, hosted by UNC's Documenting the American South project.


04/10/1845; near Pearlsburg, VA


7/7/1917; Portland, OR; burial in Lincoln Memorial Park, Portland, OR


1   Riggs, David F., 7th Virginia Infantry, Lynchburg (Va): H. E. Howard, Inc., 1982  [AotW citation 9732]