Campbell Haussman JOHNSON was born in the city of Henderson on the 9th day of February 1844. He is the youngest child of Dr. Thomas J. JOHNSON and Juliet S. RANKIN, and was named for Mrs. Campbell HAUSSMAN, wife of John HAUSSMAN, the first clerk of Henderson County. Dr. JOHNSON was born in Franklin County and came to Henderson in 1819. Juliet S. RANKIN was a daughter of Dr. Adam RANKIN.
In early life, Campbell entered the drug store of Ira DELANO, where he remained until the breaking out of the war, and at the age of 17, enlisted in the Union Army, a member of Captain COOPER'S battery of artillery. Failing to recruit the necessary number of men, Captain COOPER'S company was merged into Colonel SHACKELFORD'S 25th Kentucky Infantry.
Upon the formation of the regiment, young JOHNSON was made Commissary of Company "F", and then Orderly Sergeant of Company "D". The 25th after the battle of Shiloh, was consolidated with the 17th Kentucky, Col. John H. McHENRY commanding, and young JOHNSON was made 2nd Lt. of Company "E".
About this time he was stricken by partial paralysis of the left side and was sent back to Kentucky. He was placed on detached duty at park Barracks, Louisville, as Adjutant. He was frequently engaged on special duty in bearing messages and detective service.
In August 1862, finding his health still impaired, he tendered is resignation, and for several months, fill the position of mail agent on one or the other of then Louisville and Henderson mail boats.
History of Henderson County, Kentucky by E. L. Starling, Pages 657
Contributed by Netta Mullin, HCH&GS
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