George H. Johnston papers, 1861-1871.

Creator: Johnston, George H., fl. 1863.
Collection number: 4273
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Abstract: Papers relating to the Civil War activities of U.S. Army Capt. George H. Johnston. The majority of the material dates from January-July 1863 and deals with the occupation forces centered at New Bern, N.C., and St. Helena Island, S.C.; the relief expedition by Union forces to Washington, N.C.; and the planned, but aborted, expedition against Charleston, S.C., in the spring of 1863. Included are personal letters between Johnston and his wife Amanda in which he discussed black soldiers and the command attitude toward their use; official letters to and from Brigadier Gen. Henry M. Naglee; other correspondence; bound volumes of general orders, special orders, and correspondence initiated by Naglee, which includes a letter book documenting Naglee’s position during a command dispute with Major Gen. J. G. Foster and Major Gen. David Hunter; and newspaper articles, most of which are about George H. Johnston or Henry M. Naglee.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Correspondence discusses the attitude of those in command toward black soldiers (1862); the issue of blacks and freedom (1862); and incidents of soldiers committing atrocities against the black inhabitants of North Carolina (1863). Microfilm only.