Samuel Roosevelt Johnson.

A memorial discourse on the life, character and services of General Jeremiah Johnson : of Brooklyn, the first president of the St. Nicholas Society of Nassau Island online

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(as he wrote to his children) '* 1 entered most wil-
lingly/' There he remained in Camp for three
months, when Peace was made between the mother
country and our own, never again, I trust, to be in-
terrupted. X\ hilst there he was conspicuous for
his soldier-like ability ; he })roved himself an excel-
lent disciplinarian ; and he was a vast favorite with
officers and privates, watching carefully over their
I'ights and comforts, and most impartial in disci-
])\me, except that he was said to restrain and
|)unish his special friends the soonest and the most.
He was fortunate as well, for in that three months'
time, no one of his soldiers died. After the Peace
he was promoted to be a Major-General, an office
which he held during his life, though not in actual
command of a Division.

How Providence shapes the circumstances of hu-
man history ! Had our gallant friend been brought







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into the thick of memorable adventure, and stirring
and momentous conflict, then had there been a
Johnson in the field with his quick eye and mas-
terly combinations, with his sagacity and great
good sense ; and his executive ability, noted for
successful accomplishment in every field it moved
in ; with his warm heart and frank manners, and
determined resolution, his soldiers devoted to his
person to the death, who might have equalled the
fame of our most conspicuous braves. The touch
of his French blood would have carried him onward
and forward ; his Holland blood would have made
him sure to maintain all the ground he gained with
obstinacy immoveable. Like our great General
Taylor, he would have but done his duty, and
blushed to find it Fame. So circumstances make
difference of event — but the man is all the same.

I must not omit the Literary History of the Ge-
neral, and some account of his manuscript remains,
so far as I have liad the opportunity to know of
them, (piite a large package having been placed
within my hands by his famil}^, which I have tho-
roughly explored. He was fond of putting down
memoranda and scraps of history, and interesting
facts which his observation and experience had ga-
thered ; though he did it in an incidental way,
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Online LibrarySamuel Roosevelt JohnsonA memorial discourse on the life, character and services of General Jeremiah Johnson : of Brooklyn, the first president of the St. Nicholas Society of Nassau Island → online text (page 2 of 2)