A Guide to the Hannibal A. Johnson Letters, 1861 Johnson, Hannibal A. Letters Ms1990-058

Hannibal A. Johnson Letters, 1861

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Special Collections
Collection Number Ms1990-058


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Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms1990-058
Title
Hannibal A. Johnson Letters, 1861
Physical Characteristics
0.1 cu. ft. 1 folder
Creator
Johnson, Hannibal Augustus, 1841-1913
Language
English
Abstract
The collection contains two letters from Hannibal A. Johnson to his friend, Samuel, written from Camp Fessenden, Alexandria, Virginia, in August and September 1861.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Hannibal A. Johnson Letters must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Hannibal A. Johnson Letters, Ms1990-058, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Hannibal A. Johnson Letters were acquired by Special Collections in 1990.

Processing Information

Initial processing and description of the Hannibal A. Johnson Letters was completed in 1990. Additional description was completed in December 2014.


Biographical Information

Hannibal Augustus Johnson was born on June 4, 1841, to Mark and Sarah (Simmons) Johnson, in Hallowell, Maine. Before the Civil War, Johnson worked in a dry-goods store. He enlisted with Company B, 3rd Maine Volunteer Infantry in April 1861. By 1864, he was a lieutenant with the company. During the war, he was captured at Gettysburg and spent seven weeks at Belle Island prison camp near Richmond, Virginia. He was captured again the Battle of the Wilderness, confined at several prisons, and escaped in November 1864. He returned to his regiment, mustered out, and reenlisted with the 1st Maine Battalion in April 1865. In 1866, he mustered out again, and returned to the business world. In 1868, he married Emma Watts Lombard. They had one son, Walter. Johnson died in Lynn, Massacusetts, on July 3, 1913.

Further biographical information can be found online.

Johnson was the author of The Sword of Honor: A Story of the Civil War, available online at https://archive.org/details/swordofhonorstor01john. The book details his experience during the war.

Scope and Content

The collection contains two letters from Hannibal A. Johnson to his friend, Samuel, written from Camp Fessenden, Alexandria, Virginia, in August and September 1861. Johnson's letters include descriptions of his experiences concealing himself in a cornfield to evade Rebel troops, meeting with General Jeb Stuart's cavalry in a skirmish at Chain Bridge, and how men were detailed to cut down trees between the fort and the enemy.

Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • Civil War
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

Contents List

Folder 1
Letters, 1861

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Johnson, Hannibal Augustus, 1841-1913