Michael Campbell was the first husband of Adelaide Johnson. He first met Adelaide while she was visiting the Campbell family at Fort Arbuckle in 1858. They were married in the fall of 1859 and lived together with Michael’s family at the fort. In 1860, they moved to their new home near the Washita River.
At the outbreak of the Civil War, Michael joined the Chickasaw Battalion supporting the Confederate Army. Michael was a major, and spent much of his time on the march or at Fort Arbuckle, which was under Confederate control.
Michael often made the trip from the fort to spend the night at home. The trip included several crossings of the Washita River. One evening in the summer of 1864, Michael made the trip, but only his horse arrived home. Michael drowned in the river on the last crossing of his journey.