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Accession number 1996.022
Catalog Number 1996.022
Collection Pearce Civil War Collection
Object Name Letter
Title Johnston (Joseph E.) Papers, 1861-1866
Creator Johnston (Joseph E.)
Date April 4, 1862
Dates of Creation April 4, 1862
Scope & Content Letters (1861-1862; 2 items) sent by Joseph E. Johnston and photographic material (c. 1866; 1 item) document Johnston's service in the Army of the Confederate States of America. The first letter (Dec. 20, 1861), addressed to General Pierre G. T. De Beauregard (1818-1893), records Johnston's plans to keep his troops at their entrenchments in Centreville, Virginia rather than advance on the city of Washington. The letter also includes Johnston's plans to be in Pennsylvania (with the aid of the British) by spring.
The second letter (April 4, 1862), addressed to President Jefferson Davis, warns that by reducing the number of Johnston's troops, Johnston will be left in too weak a position to defend himself against McClellan's approaching forces. Also included in the collection is a letterpress halftone photomechanical print (c. 1866) made "From the original painting by Nast in the possession of" Johnson, Fry & Company publishers in New York.
Finding Aids Available in the archives or online at
People Johnston, Joseph E. (author)
Beauregard, Pierre, G. T.
Davis, Jefferson (recipient)
McClellan, George Brinton
Magruder, B. Gen.
Search Terms Scouting
Subjects Centreville, VA
Photographic materials
Credit line Pearce Civil War Collection
Copyrights The copyright of these materials is managed by the Navarro College Archives on behalf of the Navarro College Foundation, 3100 W. Collin St., Corsicana, Texas 75110 Phone: 903-875-7438. Internet:

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Physical characteristics English