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[261] the breaking out of the Black Hawk war in 1832. In this war the Sixth regiment took an active part, and the careful memoranda or journal, kept daily by Lieutenant Johnston, forms the data mainly from which the history of this Indian war has been written After a series of skirmishes and engagements, the Black Hawk war was terminated by a decisive engagement at the battle of Beras, so called from a stream near by, by which the power of the British band, under Black Hawk, was broken and the band dispersed, the remnant seeking refuge beyond the Mississippi.

General Johnston was married on January 20, 1829, to Miss Henrietta Preston, the daughter and eldest child of Major William Preston, a member of the Virginia family of that name, and an officer of Wayne's army, who had resigned and settled in Louisville, Ky.

General Johnston remained at Jefferson Barracks until the breaking out of the Black Hawk war, and at its close he returned to Louisville, and thence to New Orleans for the benefit of his wife's health. While in New Orleans he took with great reluctance the step which he thought duty demanded (and he was ever governed by duty) to the loved companion of his life; and on the 24th of April, 1834, sent in his resignation of his commission as second lieutenant in the United States Army. Returning from New Orleans after his resignation from the army, he devoted himself to the care of his invalid wife, making with her the tour of the Virginia Springs, thence to Baltimore and Philadelphia, consulting the highest medical skill with the hope to save the life of the noble woman who had been to him the light of his life and the joy of his household; but all his love and care was in vain. She died on the 12th of August, 1835, at the house of Mrs. Hancock, the daughter of Dr. Davidson In a letter written in after years by this good lady to his son and biographer, among other interesting incidents and characteristics, she narrates one incident which gives the keynote to the life and character of General Johnston. She says of him: ‘In the smallest as in the greatest affairs of his life, he took time to deliberate before acting. I was struck with an observation of his (which goes to prove this) when I remarked that he took a long while to write a letter; he said, “yes;” “I do, for I never put on paper what I am not willing to answer for with my life.” ’ After the death of his wife, Mr. Johnston remained quietly on his farm, interrupted by an occasional visit to his family connections in Louisville, Ky., until the breaking out of the Texas revolution. When by joint resolution the Congress of the United States acknowledged the independence of Texas, he offered his heart



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