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Joseph E. Johnston Papers

Identifier: Mss. 39.1 J63

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Scope and Contents

Papers of Joseph E. Johnston, C.S.A. General during the American Civil War, including correspondence which reflect his long military career and interest in his nephews, John Warfield Johnston and John Preston Johnston.

The papers include a diary, 1857, of Johnston's survey of the southern boundary of Kansas and eighteen volumes of Civil War dispatches and telegrams.

The collection also includes a diary, 1 May-31 July 1864, of Thomas B. Mackall; letters received by Louis McLane (including letters from Andrew Jackson and Lafayette) and typescripts of letters by Eliza Johnston Hughes.

Subjects concern Braxton Bragg, Benjamin Stoddert Ewell, William Joseph Hardee, George Ben Johnston, and the American Civil War (including the Atlanta Campaign of 1864). Correspondents include P. G. T. Beauregard, Jubal Early, Thomas Tasker Gantt, Josiah Gorgas, Wade Hampton, D.H. Hill, Robert E. Lee, James Longstreet and W.T. Sherman (General Order #18 of Johnston surrendering and giving terms to Sherman); as well as members of Johnston's family, Beverly R. Johnston, John Preston Johnston and John Warfield Johnston.

A list of books in the Rare Book Collection which were owned by Joseph E. Johnston is in Box 1. Accession 2001.35 addition filed in Box 1.

The Civil War dispatch and telegram books are available on microfilm for use in Swem Library or the microfilm may be requested via inter-library loan. The Joseph E. Johnston Papers, 1825-1891, in Swem Library’s microforms area is on 6 reels, call number E467.1 .J74 A2.


  • Creation: 1825-1891


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Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use:

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical Information:

Joseph Eggleston Johnston was a general in the Confederate Army, CSA. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .


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Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements:

Any materials produced during the Civil War (Box 1, Folder 4) can only be viewed on microfilm.  Also, boxes 4-6 can only be viewed on microfilm. When available, microfilm, photocopies, digital surrogates, or other reproductions must be used in place of original documents.

Acquisition Information:

Materials were presented by Mrs. Robert M. Crawford (1924-1930), Robert M. Hughes (1939), Mrs. G. L. Batchelder, Jr. (1958), and Anne Mason Lee (1960). Gift of Richard M. McMurry (1975). Other materials were purchased by Special Collections Research Center (1982-2001), including an item purchased through the Schuler Fund (2001).


Accession 2001.35 addition filed in Box 1.

Related Materials:

Related collections are Robert Morton Hughes Papers, Robert William Hughes Papers and John B. Floyd Papers, College of William and Mary.

Physical Description

264 items

Processing Information:

Processed by Cynthia B. Brown in 1981. Box and folder list compiled by Meredith Ramey, SCRC staff, in March 2012.

Guide to the Joseph E. Johnston Papers
Finding Aid Authors: Cynthia B. Brown.
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Language of description note
The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository