e States Army.
General James H. Lane, in acknowledging to the editor the receipt of advanced sheets of this volume, writes as follows of a gallant and noble young officer of the First North Carolina Infantry (the roster of the officers of which is given ante, pp. 51-55):
Captain Johnston was not, as published, one of my adjutants, but one of my adjutants-general—the first of my own selection.
When my regiment was cut off from the brigade under General Branch, near Slash Church, in Hanover county, by the Federal divisions of Porter and Sedgwick, and Johnston's company was subsequently cut off from the regiment, after a most gallant fight, Johnston swam the river near by to encourage his men to cross, but when none of them would venture to follow him he would not desert them, but swam back, rejoined them, was captured with them, and was marched drenching wet to West Point, or rather to the White House, and was subsequently sent to Johnson's Island.
He was the son of Rev. Mr. Joh