Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Civil War Soldier "R. E. Johnston" Autograph Letter Signed. Four pages, 7" x 9", October 11, 1862, "Camp 'Forney'", Mobile, Alabama, to his sister, "My Dear Sallie", containing war and personal news. Robert E. Johnston was in "Co. 'F.' 40th Ala. Reg." He enlisted as a private and seems to have survived the war. Reporting on a relative wounded in battle, he writes, "William . . . was wounded in the fight of the 24th of Sept. He was wounded in the breast and shoulder and would have been killed had it not been for his Blanket which he had wrapped around him which was shot through in thirteen places." Expressing his concern on the length of the war, the young private writes, "As for the war being over soon I think that rather doubtful judging from the course matters are taking now. I was in hopes a short time ago that would close soon but since the Sharpsburg and Corinth fight I think the Tables now turned somewhat at least they have been enough to Encourage the Feds to a greater Exertion should they attack and take Mobile will then become an endless affair."

    Even though Johnston's 40th Regiment had organized in Mobile only five months earlier in May 1862, the nomadic military life was beginning to weigh on the young soldier: "Just about the time we get fixed comfortably in a place Orders come for us to Strike Tents and March." Johnston and other members of the regiment had nearly three more years of hard fighting ahead, including action at Vicksburg and Chickamauga. This letter is toned and in fine condition.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    December, 2009
    12th Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 671

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2020 May 22 Space Exploration Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    Thanks a million for getting approval to sell my Civil War Hospital Death Ledger! You made them AND ME , a nice profit. You are the best!
    Ed W.,
    Mount Vernon, OH
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 December 14 Historic Flags of World War II Signature Auction - Dallas
    2019 December 14 Historic Flags of World War II Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $1,022,424