Short Bios | Richard W. Johnson

Brigadier General Richard W. Johnson
By Michael A. Peake

Richard W. Johnson was born in the Ohio River town of Smithland, Kentucky, on February 7, 1827. He graduated from West Point in 1849, and served on frontier duty in Texas as captain of Company “F,” 2nd United States Cavalry. In October 1861, Johnson was appointed Brigadier General of Volunteers in command of the 6th Brigade, McCook's Division, Army of the Ohio. He commanded troops at Division and Corps level through Stones River, the Tullahoma Campaign, Chickamauga, and on through the Chattanooga and Atlanta Campaigns where he was wounded at New Hope Church. Appointed Chief of Cavalry in the Military Division of the Mississippi, he commanded the 6th Division at Nashville during Hood‘s offensive move on that city. Johnson died April 21, 1897, at St. Paul Minnesota and is buried in Oakland Cemetery.

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Brigadier General Richard W. Johnson
Library of Congress: LC-USZ62-129690