with great artistic talent, and a painter far beyond mediocre amateur ability.
Her grandfather, William Johnson
, of Charleston
, was a patriot of prominence and force, and was deported by Sir Henry Clinton
to St. Augustine
with other distinguished patriots of South Carolina
During the siege of Charleston
, his wife, Sarah Johnson
, nee Nightingale
, used to quilt her peticoats with cartridges, which she thus conveyed to her husband in the trenches.
With such traditions, the great-granddaughter of Sarah Nightingale Johnson
and William Johnson
, soldier and exile, could only be imbued with patriotism, with courage, with sentiment.
She spent the four years of her father's residence in Spain
with him and her mother, and entered society there by her presentation at Court.
There she became intimate with Eugenie di Montijo
, who afterwards became Empress of the French
The attachment between the young girls was such that on the marriage of the Countess
to the Emperor
she sent her portrait to her American friend, which, though only a print, was and is, considered the best likeness of her ever made.
was a success at the Court of Isabella
, the Catholic
, and of Louis Napoleon
of the French
, where she and her sister and mother spent the winter.
In December, 1849, General Saunders
was recalled and came home.
In 1851, Miss Saunders
was married to Bradley T. Johnson
, who had just been admitted to the Bar, and to whom she had been engaged for the preceding six years.
She was not 18, he just 21, and they went to live in Frederick, Maryland
, where he rapidly acquired a good position at the Bar.
In 1857, in the great struggle to save the State
from the Know-Nothing faction, he was placed at the head of the State
ticket as the Democratic
candidate for Comptroller of the Treasury, but was defeated by the Plug Ugly
and Blood Tub Clubs, and fraudulent votes, and stuffed ballot-boxes, of the city of Baltimore
In 1859, he was made the head of the Democratic
organization of the State
, as Chairman
of the Democratic State Committee
, and was a delegate from the State
to the Charleston
National Convention of 1860.
There he acted, spoke and voted with the extreme Southern wing of the Democratic party, and when the convention adjourned to Baltimore
, joined with a majority of the Maryland Delegation