|I went through quite a few of my books and I've found two secondary sources that mention AS Johnston turning down command of volunteer forces for the Union: Bruce Catton in "The Coming Fury" and Russel Weigley in "A Great Civil War" However, neither cited where they got this information so I cannot confirm the story. What seems undeniable to me is that at the outbreak of the war Johnston was in command of the US Army's Western division after leading the Mormon expedition in Utah. Johnston decided to follow Texas into secession in February 1861. He resigned his commission in late April 1861 once his successor took over his post. Sorry if that doesn't help much. Cheers!
Last edited on Fri Mar 12th, 2010 01:52 am by Mark