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Captain J. D. Johnston Confederate States Navy sword

Captain J. D. Johnston Confederate States Navy sword

Descriptive Summary

Title: Captain J. D. Johnston Confederate States Navy sword
Creator: Johnston, J. D.
Inclusive Dates: between 1860 and 1869
Language(s): English
Extent: 1 folder(s) (1 sword)
Collection Number: ms508
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

J. D. Johnston was a Captain in the U.S. Navy and one of the officers on Commodore Perry's ships, when Perry opened Japan to world commerce. During the war between the states, Johnston resigned from the U.S. Navy and entered Confederate service. Captain Johnston was second in command of the iron clad ram "Tennessee" under Admiral Buchanan at the Battle of Mobile Bay. During the battle Admiral Buchanan was wounded and Captain Johnson succeeded in command until he was forced to surrender.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of one sword in scabbard, formerly property of Captain J. D. Johnston, Confederate States Navy. There is a description available in the folder "Confederate Sword."

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Captain J. D. Johnston Confederate States Navy sword, ms508, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

General Notes

See also a description of the Battle of Mobile Bay, written by Captain Johnston in volume 4 of Battles and Leaders of the Civil War.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Confederate States of America. Navy -- Officers
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Documents describing the history of the sword