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Commanding general of the Army of Northern Virginia badly wounded on the battlefield

Joseph Eggleston Johnston
05/31/1862
Around sunset on the first day of the two day battle at Fair Oaks, Virginia, General Joseph E. Johnston, commander of the Confederate army defending Richmond in the engagement, was first hit in the shoulder with a rifle bullet and then knocked from his horse by the impact of an exploding Union shell nearby.  General G.W. Smith took command for the rest of the battle but the day after the fighting Confederate president Jefferson Davis appointed his military advisor Robert E. Lee as commander of the Army of Northern Virginia.  (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
Alexander S. Webb, The Peninsula: McClellan's Campaign of 1862 (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1881), 115. 

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