CDV OF SOUTH CAROLINA LIEUTENANT COLONEL KILLED AT 1ST BULL RUN - BENJAMIN JENKINS JOHNSON

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Waist -up view of Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin J. Johnson of Hampton’s Legion.

Image shows Johnson in a dark civilian suit with white shirt and large, dark bowtie.

Contrast and clarity are very good. Paper is slightly toned and the mount is chipped along the bottom leaving an uneven edge.

Reverse has two printed paper labels. The first is rectangular and reads “THIS IS A CORRECT PHOTOGRAPH, FROM LIFE, OF COL. B. J. JOHNSON OF CHARLESTON, S.C. WHO FELL IN THE BATTLE OF MANASSAS PLAINS, JULY 21, 1861.” The second label is square and reads “FROM THE AUGUSTA PHOTOGRAPHIC GALLERY OF ART… AUGUSTA, GA.”

Benjamin Jenkins Johnson (also carried on the rolls as Benjamin I) was born March 18, 1817 in Beaufort, South Carolina. He attended school in Williamsburg, Virginia and afterward returned home and took up the life of a planter. He later studied law and passed the bar and opened his own practice in Beaufort. At the same time he commanded a local militia infantry regiment.

With the outbreak of the Civil War Johnson was commissioned lieutenant-colonel in Hampton’s Legion in early May of 1861.

During the fight at 1st Manassas Johnson was seen “riding up and down the line” when he was hit in the head by a cannonball.” In his report after the battle Hampton said that Johnson “fell with the utmost coolness and gallantry.”

Johnson was laid to rest in Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, South Carolina.

Image is from the collection of the late William A. Turner.  [ad] [ph:L]

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