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Colonel William Preston Johnston, The Life of General Albert Sidney Johnston : His Service in the Armies of the United States, the Republic of Texas, and the Confederate States. 6 2 Browse Search
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would have to contend with a greatly superior force of Mexicans, he called for volunteers to sustain his movement. The Texan Legislature promptly passed a bill raising the quota of that State. It was proposed to confer upon the Governor, who was himself requested to take chief command, the appointment of field and staff officers; and, under this supposition, Governor Henderson wrote, May 8th, urging General Johnston to meet him at Point Isabel, and again, through their mutual friend, Thomas F. McKinney, assuring him that he should receive rank next to himself in the Texan contingent. A messenger from General Taylor had arrived in Galveston on the 28th of April, with a request to General Johnston to join him at once. As, unfortunately, no vessel could be obtained to proceed by sea, he started on horseback, with a squad of gallant young men, for the scene of action. The time required for a land-journey brought him to Point Isabel too late for a share in the actions at Palo Alto and
g done so. No sir, he replied. That army was not mine; it belonged, with all its appointments, to the Government of the United States. My position was a trust which for myself I could relinquish, but only on condition of handing over, to those for whom I held, whatever was in my hands. I waited till I had cause to know my resignation had been received in Washington, turned over the entire command to the next ranking officer, mounted my horse and started across the Plains. Colonel Thomas F. McKinney, his old friend, wrote in 1872, in regard to General Johnston: One thing is very clear from what he said as he passed through Texas, that the war between the North and South distressed him exceedingly. The whole proceeding was at once imbecile and insulting. Had the suspicion been correct, and General Johnston the arch-conspirator he was represented to be, no man who knows the boldness and decision of his character can doubt that he would have solved the problem of a Paci
Not reckless. estimates of character by Colonel Munford, by General Preston, by Major Haydon, Colonel Jack. reminiscences of Rev. R. D. Chapman, of Rev. E. Fontaine, of Dr. D. W. Yandell. description in Harper's Weekly. estimate by Thomas F. McKinney, by the New York times, by General William J. Worth. reminiscences of Rev. Dr. Galleher, of Colonel J. W. Avery. estimate by General W. C. Whitthorne. anecdote by Lieutenant J. M. Fairbanks. Scott and Davis almost agree. estimate by Ju this it may be mentioned that, in a large assembly of officers and gentlemen, the gallant and impetuous Worth, when asked who was the best soldier he had ever known, replied, I consider Sidney Johnston the best soldier I ever knew. Colonel Thomas F. McKinney, the Robert Morris of the Texan Revolution, in a letter from Austin, dated December 28, 1872, writes thus: General Johnston's life will be a difficult one to write, as in his action he was always up to the full measure of purity,