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JOHNSON, Bushrod Rust, soldier, born in Belmont county, Ohio, 7 October, 1817; died in Brighton, Illinois, 11 September, 1880. He was graduated at the United States military academy in 1840, served in the Seminole war, and became 1st lieutenant in 1844. During the Mexican war he participated in numerous battles. He became professor and subsequently superintendent of the Western military institute of Kentucky at Georgetown. He entered the Confederate service in 1861, was commissioned brigadier-general, and taken prisoner at Fort Donelson, but shortly afterward escaped, and was wounded at Alleghany camp, and again at Shiloh. He commanded a division at the battle of Chattanooga, served in subsequent engagements in the Army of Tennessee, was promoted major-general in 1864, and in command of a division at the surrender. After the war he became superintendent of the military college in the University of Nashville, and chancellor of that institution.
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