B. H. Johnson Journal
Scope and Content
The B. H. Johnson Journal is a handwritten account of one year from September 1863 to September 1864 recorded by a Methodist circuit riding minister of eastern Virginia. Some mentioned locations within Virginia are Shiloh, Charlottesville, Salem, Port Royal, Spotsylvania, Hanover County, Augusta County, Caroline County, and Madison County, among others. Subjects include the American Civil War and its concomitant destruction, the duties and practices of a Methodist minister, typhoid fever, "Yankee" crime, and slavery. A particularly engaging segment within Johnson's journal discusses the theft of his horse by rogues and the eventual heroic repossession of his steed.
- 1863 - 1864
- Johnson, B. H., 1811-? (Person)
Language of Materials
The materials in the collection are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open to research.
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B. H. Johnson was born on March 20, 1811. He was first married to a woman named Maria Evelyn who died in 1846. Johnson later remarried a woman from the Kennerly family who lived near Waynesboro, Virginia. During the Civil War, his wife and children lived with Johnson's in-laws. As a Methodist minister for various circuits in eastern Virginia, Johnson preformed many marriage ceremonies, funerals, baptisms, and attended the Virginia Conference of Methodist Ministers. Much of his time was spent traveling to different congregations and dining with parishioners. Often ailing, Johnson sometimes took opium "to check the disordered state of his bowels." Johnson's family and friends also frequently fell ill--especially with virulent bouts of typhoid. An ardent Confederate, Johnson took particular interest in the movement of "Yankee" forces while traveling his circuit.
0.1 Cubic Feet (1 folder)
The collection contains the journal of a Methodist circuit riding minister of eastern Virginia during the American Civil War. Salient topics include: the effects of war, typhoid outbreaks, and religious practices in eastern Virginia.
Source of Acquisition
The B. H. Johnson Journal was donated to Special Collections and University Archives in 2004.
Existence and Location of Copies
This collection has been digitized and is available online.
Rights Statement for Archival Description
The guide to the B. H. Johnson Journal by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).
The processing and description of the B. H. Johnson Journal occurred in December 2008.
- B. H. Johnson Journal, 1863-1864
- Emily Cook, Graduate Assistant
- 2008 (CC0 1.0)
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