A Guide to the Elliott Johnston Correspondence, 1897, n.d. Johnston, Elliott Correspondence Ms2016-017

Elliott Johnston Correspondence, 1897, n.d.

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Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms2016-017
Title
Elliott Johnston Correspondence, 1897, n.d.
Physical Characteristics
0.1 Cubic Feet 1 folder
Creator
Johnston, Elliot, 1826-1901
Language
English
Abstract
The Elliott Johnston Correspondence includes three letters from Sergeant Elliott Johnston to Col. John S. Mosby on the topic of relaying information from General Lee to General Early during the Civil War, some 30+ years prior.

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

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Acquisition Information

The Elliott Johnston Correspondence was purchased by Special Collections in 2015.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the A Guide to the Elliott Johnston Correspondence was completed in October 2016.


Biographical Note

Elliott Waters Johnston was born 21 June 1840 to David S. Johnston and Julia Ann Bodwell (Ursuila?). He had four siblings: Lydia M Johnston, Edgar N. Johnston, Silas A. Johnston, David M. Johnston born between 1837 and 1848 based on data from the 1850 United States Census. Johnston and his siblings were raised in Sidney, Deleware, New York.

On 14 August 1862, Johnston enlisted in the Union Military. By 27 September 1862, Johnston was a member of Company I, New York 144th Infantry Regiment. He was later promoted to Full First Sergeant on 1 April, 1865. Johnston was mustered out of the military on 25 June 1865 at Hilton Head, South Carolina.

In 1869 Johnston married Emily J. Clark. They had three children: Edith L. Johnston, Charles E. Johnston, and Leslie W. Johnston. All were born between 1871 and 1876.

Johnston died 7 May 1909. Johnston was burried in Westmoreland Union Cemetary, Oneida County New York.

Sources:

Ancestry Library Edition.
New York, Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts (1861-1900)
U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles (1861-1865)
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=46811969&ref=acom

Scope and Content

The Elliott Johnston Correspondence includes three letters from Sergeant Elliott Johnston to Col. John S. Mosby. Only one is clearly dated (1897), but the others are most likely from around the same time and exchange of letters. Although written more than 30 years later, the correspondence seems to be a request by Mosby for information on Johnston's activities during the Civil War, apparently while he was in the service of General Richard S. Ewell.

Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • Civil War
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Genre and Form Terms:

  • Correspondence
  • Persons:

  • Early, Jubal Anderson, 1816-1894
  • Ewell, Richard Stoddert, 1817-1872
  • Johnston, Elliot, 1826-1901
  • Mosby, John Singleton, 1833-1916

Contents List

Folder 1
Letters, 1897, n.d.

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Early, Jubal Anderson, 1816-1894
  • Ewell, Richard Stoddert, 1817-1872
  • Johnston, Elliot, 1826-1901
  • Mosby, John Singleton, 1833-1916