George Washington Johnson

George Washington Johnson

Birth
Scott County, Kentucky, USA
Death 8 Apr 1862 (aged 50)
Shiloh Battlefield, Hardin County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Georgetown, Scott County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 6213120 · View Source
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Confederate Governor of Kentucky, War Between the States. When Kentucky sided with the Union in 1861, a group of counties formed a government loyal to the Confederate States, and George Johnson was elected governor of Confederate Kentucky in November 1861. In February 1862 his government went into exile. He traveled with the Kentucky troops in the Confederate Army, and during the battle of Shiloh, Tennessee, he took up a musket and enlisted as a Private in the 4th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry of the famous Kentucky "Orphan Brigade" CSA. He was mortally wounded on 7 April 1862, when the 4th Kentucky Infantry was opposed by parts of two Federal brigades, and lost nearly 50% casualties. Gov. Johnson died the next day at a field hospital in Federal captivity.

Bio by: Geoff Walden



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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Geoff Walden
  • Added: 25 Feb 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6213120
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George Washington Johnson (27 May 1811–8 Apr 1862), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6213120, citing Georgetown Cemetery, Georgetown, Scott County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .