Josiah Stoddard Johnston ,
Farmer , and Soldier .
" J StoddardJohnston "
signed in ink
on front .
Born 10 February 1833 , at New Orleans , Louisiana .
Died 4 October 1913 at the home of his son at Clayton , Missouri .
Yale 1853 .
Married Eliza Woolfolls , a daughter of George W . Preston , who was killed at Shiloh .
They raised three sons , and two daughters .
Civil War service , staff of Generals Bragg and Buckner , and
then for eighteen months chief of staff to General J . C . Breckenridge .
J . Stoddard Johnston was engaged in twenty battles and gained the rank of Colonel .
Following the War he was active in journalism , politics , and writing .
In 1867 he began living in Frankfort , Kentucky and became editor of the " Yeoman "
Serving as Secretary of the Democratic State Central Committee in Kentucky from 1868
to 1875 . His counsels , and hard labor provided influence for the party .
He was Adjutant -General for the State of Kentucky in 1870 and 1871 .
As a journalist Johnston held fast to the principles of constitutional liberties , and
an honest administration of public affairs .
After the Texas and Pacific arrived at the site of what is now Abilene , Texas in January 1881
the railroad promoted Abilene as the " Future of West Texas " J . Stoddard Johnston and other
railroad officials platted the town site . ~ Handbook of Texas Online .
Carte shows some use .
Smith & Wybrant , photographers , No . 132 Main Street , Louisville , Ky .