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Albert Sidney and William Preston Johnston papers

Identifier: LaRC-1

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of business and personal correspondence, business and legal papers, printed and original manuscripts, newspaper clippings, diaries, scrapbooks, and ledgers of William Preston Johnston (1831-1899) and his father, Albert Sidney Johnston (1803-1862). The Albert Sidney Johnston materials date from 1827 when he was a lieutenant stationed at Jefferson Barracks to his death at the Battle of Shiloh in 1862. The materials that relate to William Preston Johnston cover his careers as colonel in the Confederate Army, professor at Washington and Lee, president of Louisiana State University, and first president of Tulane University.


  • 1822-1915


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. No know restrictions. Researchers note that most volumes are actually housed within Boxes 60-62.

Conditions Governing Use

Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Biographical / Historical

Albert Sidney Johnston (1803-1862) saw extensive combat during his military career, fighting in the Texas War of Independence, the Mexican-American War, the Utah War, and the American Civil War. He served as general in the United States, Texas, and Confederate Armies. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Johnston was the commander of the United States Army Department of the Pacific. He resigned his post and was named a general in the Confederate Army. Johnston launched a massive surprise attack against Grant at the Battle of Shiloh, where Johnston was killed by a bullet wound to his leg. His only son was William Preston Johnston (1831-1899), who also served in the Confederate Army, and was the first president of Tulane University.


62.00 Boxes

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Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged by medium, then chronologically. The collection consists of 62 boxes and 85 volumes.

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Repository Details

Part of the Tulane University Special Collections Repository

Jones Hall Room 202
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans 70118 US