1803 – Born on the 2nd of February in Washington.
1826 – Graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.
1832 – Johnston fought in the Black Hawk War.
1857 – He was in the bloodless expedition against the Mormons in Utah.
1861 – His adopted state of Texas seceded from the Union, he resigned his commission as commander of the U.S. Pacific Department and was appointed second-ranking general in the Confederate Army by President Jefferson Davis, whom he had known at West Point.
1862 – In February, Nevertheless, bitter criticism of Johnston did not affect Davis’ confidence in him.
– Johnston determined to attack General Ulysses S. Grant at Pittsburg Landing. His surprise assault upon the Union forces at the Battle of Shiloh was almost successful, but he was mortally wounded in the first afternoon’s fighting.
– Died on the 6th of April in Shiloh.