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Name:Valentine Mason Johnson
Affiliation:Class of 1860
Biography & Genealogy:Valentine Mason Johnson, Class of 1860. Genealogy: Born- July 17, 1838 in Spotsylvania Co. Va. Father- Lewis Johnson; Mother- Jane Lipscomb; Pat. Grandfather- Jonathan Johnson; Pat. Grandmother- Nancy Castle; Pat. Gr. Grandparents- Alexander Johnson & Mary Lewis; John Castle & (first name unknown) Roane; Mat. Grandfather- John Lipscomb; Mat. Grandmother- Judy Day; Mat. Gr. Grandparents- Homer Lipscomb & Mary Smith; John Day & Amelia Harris. Married- 1st- Eliza Hart Boggs, daughter of Lewis Boggs and Mary Ann Scott; 2nd- Georgia McVeigh; 3rd- Jane Katherine Edmondson, daughter of Robert Walker Edmondson and Amarilla Ragsdale. Children- (All from 1st marriage) 1- Mary Johnson Meade, who married David Meade; 2- Alfred Rawlings Johnson; 3- Lewis Johnson; 4- Dunbar Hanson Johnson; 5- John Scott Johnson; 6- Valentine Mason Johnson, Jr.; 7- Henry Branch Johnson; 8- Livingston Spottswood Johnson. VMI Record: Entered VMI- July 22, 1856; Graduated July 4, 1860 standing 39th in class of 41. Civil War Record: Enlisted Apr. 30, 1861, Capt. Co. D. 30th Va. Inf.; placed on medical furlough Mar. 1862; Dec. 17, 1862 became 1st Lt. Co. B (Capt. J.M. Olivier's Co.) of Jackson's Light Artillery; may have been among the men transferred to Co. K of 21st Va. Cavalry; June 1863 was put in charge of Quarter Master and commissary supplies for the Virginia State Line; Forced to leave active duty for health reasons and became Prof. of Math and Commandant of Cadets at Florida Military Insititute; was in command of the Cadet Corps (also known as Capt. V.M. Johnson's Co.) who fought in the Battle of Natural Bridge (Florida) on March 6, 1865. Johnson himself may not have been in the battle as some records show him constructing fortifications in Tallehassee, FL around that time; Paroled May 13, 1865 at Tallahassee. Careers: In Government Service; Teacher in Florida, Kentucky and Texas. Died- Oct. 19, 1909 in Mountville, Va.
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