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Not Even Blindness Could Stop “Stovepipe”

Two years after pulling off the slickest military trick of the Civil War and only two months before he was shot in the face and blinded by his own troops, “Stovepipe” Johnson was promoted to Confederate brigadier general on June 1, 1864.

Adam Rankin Johnson could have spent the last half century of his life feeling sorry for himself.  Instead he founded the town of Marble Falls as well as several successful businesses.  You can read his whole story in the “This Week in Texas History” column for Wednesday, May 28 through Tuesday, June 3 either in your local newspaper or with a private email subscription available on this web site.