On This Day

Joseph E. Johnston

US Army Officer and Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston

Profession: US Army Officer and Confederate General

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: Serving with distinction as an officer in the United States Army in the American-Mexican War and the Seminole Wars, Johnston joined the Confederate Army and became one of its most senior commanders during the American Civil War.

He clashed with Confederate president Jefferson Davis, who often criticized him for his lack of aggressiveness. After a series of military failures, Davis relieved him of command.

Born: February 3, 1807
Birthplace: Farmville, Virginia, USA
Star Sign: Aquarius

Died: March 21, 1891 (aged 84)

Events in the Life of Joseph E. Johnston

  • 1863-12-16 Braxton Bragg is replaced by Joseph E. Johnston as commander of the Confederate Army of Tennessee
  • 1865-04-18 Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston surrenders to General William T. Sherman in North Carolina