NOT EVEN BLINDNESS COULD STOP "STOVEPIPE"

Two years after pulling off the slickest military trick of the Civil War and only two months before a life-changing piece of bad luck, Adam Rankin Johnson was promoted to brigadier general in the Confederate army. Born and raised at Henderson on the Kentucky side of the Ohio River, Johnson's education ended at age 12, when he left school to work fulltime in a drugstore. Eight long years later, the thrifty youth had put aside enough money for a one-way trip to Texas.
 
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