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Johnston, Albert Sidney (1803-1862) probably to Jefferson Davis

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02456.14 Author/Creator: Johnston, Albert Sidney (1803-1862) Place Written: Bowling Green, Kentucky Type: Autograph letter signed Date: January 25, 1862 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 18.6 x 24.8 cm. + 1 engraving ; b&w ; 25.6 x 16.5 cm + 1 engraving ; b&w ; 25.6 x 17 cm

Summary of Content: Johnston, Confederate General commanding Department 2, writes to Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Recommends Captain V. Sheliha for an open position in the engineer corps (possibly referring to Prussian engineer Victor Von Scheliha). Docket includes the name of General Felix Kirk Zollicoffer, who had been killed 19 January 1862 at Mill Springs, Kentucky. Docket is dated 8 and 25 January. Two bust engravings of Johnston included as collateral.

People: Johnston, Albert Sidney, 1803-1862
Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889
Zollicoffer, Felix Kirk, 1812-1862
Scheliha, Victor von, fl. 1862

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Confederate General or LeaderConfederate States of AmericaMilitary HistoryCivil WarOffice SeekerLetter of Introduction or RecommendationImmigration and Migration

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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