The Civil War in Missouri

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Spurs of General Albert Sidney Johnston (CSA)

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General Albert Sidney Johnston, commander of the Confederate Army of Mississippi, became the highest-ranking officer on either side to be killed in combat during the war when he was shot at the Battle of Shiloh on April 6, 1862. Johnston bled to death after being hit in the right leg while leading a charge.Johnston customized these spurs by cutting a sawtooth edge around two half-dollars and using them as rowels. The spurs came into the possession of Mrs. Adaline Couzins, who may have met Johnston in her role as a nurse. Couzins, a volunteer with the Ladies’ Union Aid Society of St. Louis, was aboard the hospital boat Continental, which was at the Battle of Shiloh. The boat took on thousands of wounded soldiers from the muddy battlefield.