A Different Valor, the Story of General Joseph E. Johnston, C.S.A

A Different Valor, the Story of General Joseph E. Johnston, C.S.A

A Different Valor, the Story of General Joseph E. Johnston, C.S.A

A Different Valor, the Story of General Joseph E. Johnston, C.S.A

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On Monday morning April 22, 1861, Brigadier General Joseph E. Johnston, Quartermaster General of the United States Army, walked briskly along familiar Washington streets. His manner concealed the strain he had suffered for the past few days just as his pace denied his fifty-four years. Many of the thoroughfares along which he passed had a strange deserted appearance, some shops were closed and houses vacant, but the soldier didn't notice his surroundings as he made his way to the office of the Secretary of War. In his pocket he carried a letter which was the most important one he had ever written, and he was intent on its early delivery.

In the privacy of his home he had pondered long before making his decision. On Friday he knew definitely that his native state of Virginia had reacted to the guns of Fort Sumter by seceding from the Union. The next day he penned his letter, but the gravity of its contents along with unfinished official business preoccupied his entire week end. Meanwhile, the city had been feverish with fear and tension as residents realized they were virtually ringed by rebellion, and guests departed before an effort might be made to capture the capitol.

Before entering the office of the Secretary, Johnston was joined by the Adjutant General who had agreed to accompany him. Simon Cameron . . .

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