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James Sylvanus Johnson



Jane Johnson Williams, Ancestor
Kit Number: 84683, John Lamar Johnson


Soldier: James Sylvanus Johnson [father born in Lunenburg County, Virginia, 1791.]



Unit 27th Mississippi Regiment, Walthall's Brigade, Army of Tennessee, Company I. (eye, not one)


Pensacola, Florida, Mobile Alabama

Transferred to Chattanooga, Tennessee, became part of Bragg's Army, invasion of Kentucky.

Second Bombardment at Pensacola.

Perryville, Kentucky October 1862; Murfreesboro, Tennessee; Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain,

Missionary Ridge, Resaca, Cassville, New Hope church, Kennesaw Mountain,

22 July - Atlanta, Ezra church, Jonesboro, Franklin, Tennessee and Nashville.

Sustained several slight wounds.

His brother, Samuel M. Johnson was sergeant in this same unit.


Enlisted: Walnut Grove, Mississippi, in 1861.

Surrendered: By General Joseph E. Johnson to General William T. Sherman at Greensboro, North Carolina

On 26th April 1865, he began to walk home.


My ancestor was in some of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. Family legend holds that he would never talk about the war except with his "fellow comrades." The family lived in a Victorian home and when his army buddies would visit, he would put the children to bed, take the visitor in the parlor, close the doors and they would talk all night. Must have been a horrible experience. (JJW)