Bushrod Johnson's Brigade

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Bushrod Johnson

From the unit's website: "First at Shiloh, forged the way at Chickamauga, bottled Butler, and surrendered with Lee at Appomattox!"

About the Brigade: Members of Heth's Division, Bushrod Johnson's brigade was made up of all Tennessee units. Late-comers to the Army of Northern Virginia's Third Corps, these Tennessee regiments that had been previously been distingushed in western service (including at Perryville, Shiloh, and Chickamauga) joined Heth's Division in the Petersburg trenches. Badly bloodied at the battle of Drewry's Bluff, these units were eventually were consolidated and became part of Archer's / McComb's brigade along with the Army of Northern Virginia's other Tennessee regiments.

Image of General Bushrod Johnson, best known commander of the brigade, although he never did serve under the command of General Hill

Under A.P. Hill, these Tennesee regiments were commanded by Tennessee native, General William McComb (previously J.J. Archer's Tennessee and Alabama brigade) and they served exclusively in the division of Henry Heth.

The brigade was made up of the 17th, 23d, 25th, 44th, and 63d Tennessee Regiments. The 17th and 23rd consolidated upon joining the Third Corps under A.P. Hill. The 25th and 44th regiments also consolidated as well into a single unit.

17th Tennessee Infantry Regiment

Consolidated with the 23d Infantry upon joining III Corps.
  • Maj. Absalom L. Landis (08/31/23-06/05/96)
  • Shelbyville merchant; postwar state legislator and banker

23rd Tennessee Infantry Regiment

Consolidated with the 17th Infantry upon joining III Corps.
  • Col. Horace Ready (?-?)
  • Of Murfreesobro; wounded at Chickamauga & Petersburg but present Appomattox

25th Tennessee Infantry Regiment

Consolidated with the 44th Infantry upon joining III Corps.
  • Col. John M. Hughes (ca. 1822-?)
  • Of Overton Cty; wounded at Murfreesboro
  • Lt. Col. Robert Bogardus Snowden (05/24/36-10/1909)
  • Born in NY, raised TN; postwar multi-millionaire in NY

44th Tennessee Infantry Regiment

Consolidated with the 25th Infantry upon joining III Corps.

63rd Tennessee Infantry Regiment

None of field officers of this regiment appears to have actually served under A.P. Hill.

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