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Johnson, George W.

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Johnson, George W.
February 28, 2007 03:43PM
History of Bourbon, Scott, Harrison and Nicholas Counties, Kentucky, ed.
by William Henry Perrin, O. L. Baskin & Co., Chicago, 1882. p. 598.
[Scott County] [Georgetown City and Precinct]

HON. GEORGE W. JOHNSON, deceased, was born May 27, 1811, near Georgetown,
Ky., and was the son of Wm. Johnson and grandson of Col. Robert Johnson.
He obtained a fine literary education, graduating at Transylvania
University. He studied law and practiced that profession for some time,
but finally turned his attention to agricultural pursuits, and, besides
his farming interests in Kentucky, conducted cotton planting quite
extensively in Arkansas. In 1838 he was elected to the Legislature from
Scott County; was always a Democrat; represented his part on several
important occasions; made the race for Presidential Elector in 1852 and
1860; declined repeatedly to be a candidate for Congress; acquired great
power in his party; was a thorough student of political science. At the
very outbreak of the civil war, although not a combatant by reason of an
injured arm, he cast his lot with the South, and used every exertion to
induce Kentucky to follow the seceded States; left his home with
Breckinridge and others in September, 1861; made his way to Virginia, and
thence to Tennessee and to Bowling Green, in his own State; set afoot and
and was largely instrumental in organizing a provisional government for
the State, and at the convention assembled at Russellville for that
purpose, Nov. 18, 1861, he saw his desires carried into effect. A
constitution for the State was adopted, under which Kentucky was admitted
under the Confederacy, and he was chosen Provisional Governor. When the
rapid events of the war compelled the Confederates to retire from the
southern part of the State, he accompanied the army; was a part of the
military family of the commander, Gen. A. S. Johnston; participated in the
councils resulting in the movement from Corinth to Shiloh; went into that
great battle as aid to Gen. Breckinridge; was afterward aid to Col. Trabue,
when the Kentucky brigade was separated from Gen. Breckinridge; his horse
was shot from under him; he then entered the ranks of Capt. Monroe's
company, and fought during the rest of the day. That night he took the
oath of a private, and enrolled himself in Company E, Fourth Kentucky
Infantry. On the following day went into battle and early fell, mortally
wounded; lay on the field until the afternoon of the 8th, when he was
discovered by Gen. McCook and removed to a U. S. hospital boat, where,
receiving every possible care, he died on the following morning, April 9,
1862. His remains were sent to Louisville by Gen. John M. Harlan and
other Federal officers, and were from thence conveyed to his home in Scott
County, where amidst a great display of sympathy and popular regard his
body was interred. He was a brave, generous, noble hearted man, and was
greatly honored and respected in his community and State. He left a
wife and seven children.


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