When war seemed inevitable Army Commander-in-Chief General Winfield Scott, 75, knew that he would not be able to lead the Union forces. The best man to do that was Albert Sidney Johnston (1803-1862), universally considered the nation’s most experienced and accomplished soldier.
Appointed to West Point from his native state of
Largely due to the urging of Zachary Taylor,
After waiting to be officially relieved, he resigned a final time from the Army and traveled to
On April 6, 1862, attacking out of the woods at dawn, he took Grant’s army by surprise in its camp at Pittsburg Landing, near a church called
Beauregard took over and the next day Grant rallied at the banks of the river and saved his army, helped by the command disruption caused by