The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 68, July 1964 - April, 1965 Page: 518
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Shiloh, where abides the Albert Sidney Johnston presence; when
Roland went to Tulane to teach and had access to the Johnston
papers, he felt a compulsion to write a Johnston biography, agree-
ing with the son that it would not be "well that such a figure
should pass into utter oblivion."
Born in Kentucky in 18o3, Albert Sidney Johnston had a
sound elementary education and brief sessions at Transylvania
College before he shifted his career from medicine to the military.
Through nomination of his mentor and brother, Josiah Stoddard
Johnston, he was appointed to West Point during the golden
age of the academy, graduated eighth in his class of June, 1826,
and was breveted second lieutenant in the 2nd United States
Infantry. After service at Madison Barracks and Jefferson Bar-
racks he had his apprenticeship in war craft in the campaign
against Black Hawk in 1832.
Johnston married Henrietta Preston in 1829 and during the
next four years lost his father, his brother, and an infant daughter
before he resigned his commission to care for his wife, who died
of tuberculosis in August, 1835. Discouraged, uncertain, ripe for
a change, his developing interest in Texas was strengthened when
he heard Stephen F. Austin appeal for help for the new republic.
The Kentuckian reached Texas in July, 1836, joined the army,
and because he had a horse was assigned to the cavalry and be-
came adjutant general of the ad interim David G. Burnet admin-
istration. As a brigadier general of the Texas army in the Sam
Houston administration, Johnston gained moral preeminence
along with a serious wound in his duel with Felix Huston, knew
the burden of service with the restless army of an immature
republic, and chafed with inactivity under President Houston's
refusal to attack Mexico. Under the succeeding Lamar regime,
Secretary of War Johnston outlined a comprehensive plan of
national defense, found that Texans wanted no part of service
in a regular army, effectively scourged the Indians including the
Cherokees (to further alienate Sam Houston), and in 1840 re-
signed his post.
After his marriage to Eliza Griffin, a cousin of his first wife,
Johnston appeared and reappeared on the Texas scene from 1843
to the outbreak of the Mexican War, when he aspired vainly to
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