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Albert Sidney Johnston: Soldier of Three Republicsby Roland, Charles P.
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Retail Price: $19.00
Issue: Fall 2001
Born in Kentucky, Albert Sidney Johnston would die 59 years later at Shiloh. This classic biography of Johnston, newly reprinted, follows his military career from West Point to the Mexican-American War to the early western battles of the Civil War. Although highly regarded, a series of battlefield reverses in 1862 began to tarnish his public reputation. "That Johnston was remiss in not taking personal command at Fort Donelson is true," Roland concludes. "Johnston thus lost the states of Kentucky and Tennessee. That any action by him could have saved them is doubtful; Union advantages probably were too great to be overcome by strategy."