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 Posted: Wed Jan 17th, 2007 03:22 am
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Well, this is interesting! An article at Wikipedia states that it "is probable" that Johnston was killed by Confederate fire as no Union forces were close enough at that moment.  It also says his wound was to the popliteal artery, not a vessel as Woodworth states in his book.

The trouble with Wikipedia is that one cannot be certain how authentic such details are. But for what it is worth someone at Wikipedia has stated the possibility of Johnston's having been hit by a fellow Confederate. I do think the hit to the artery makes more sense than one to a vessel. Whether Johnston was within range of Federal fire...that I do not know.


I'll amend this one last time. On further research on the web, I have found that Johnston was leading the 45th Tennessee regiment of Maj Genrral John C Breckinridge's command. This same web site also named Johnston's horse, Fire Eater. There is no discussion of whether the fatal wound is from friendly or enemy fire.

Last edited on Wed Jan 17th, 2007 03:58 am by CleburneFan

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