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That officer had been an able veteran in the army of the Republic, and was then about sixty years of age. He was a Kentuckian by birth, and his sympathies were with the conspirators.
He was on duty in California when the war was kindling, and was making preparations, with other conspirators there, to array that State on the side of the Confederacy,
Annual Cyclopaedia for 1862.
Article — A. S. Johnston. when he was superseded in command by Lieutenant-Colonel E. V. Sumner, of Massachusetts.
Johnston then abandoned his flag, joined the conspirators in active rebellion, and was appointed by Jefferson Davis to the command of the Western Department, with his Headquarters at Nashville.
Under the shadow of Johnston's protection, and behind the cordon of Confederate troops stretched across the State, the disloyal politicians of Kentucky proceeded to organize an independent government for the commonwealth.
They met at Russellville, the capital of Logan County, in the southern