Lucius J. Johnson
Featured Character – 1861-1862
Lucius J. Johnson was born in 1822 in Chowan County. He would ultimately reside in Perquimans County with his wife Mary Isabella at "Stockton," where he served as a lawyer for that county, as well as surrounding counties, before enlisting in the Confederate army in 1861. He raised the "John Harvey Guards," serving as its captain until he was captured on August 29th of that year and taken to Fort Warren Prison in Boston Harbor. Upon his release in January 1862, Johnson returned to duty only to be captured at Roanoke Island on February 8th, not to be exchanged until August. From there he remained Captain of his regiment until transferred to Company L, 17th Regiment North Carolina Troops in May 1863 and was promoted to a Major the next year. Johnson was then transferred again to Field and Staff, where he was captured for a third time near Kinston, North Carolina on March 10, 1865 and was sent to prisons at Point Lookout, Maryland and Johnson's Island, Ohio. Lucius was released on July 25, 1865 after taking the Oath of Allegiance. Lucius died in 1866 and his wife was forced to sell Stockton in 1867 due to financial distress and the previous loss of 117 slaves.