A Civil War Biography
Alfred Eugene Jackson
Jackson was born 11 January 1807 in Davidson County, Tennessee. He
attended Washington College, now Washington & Lee University, in
Virginia and Greenville College in Illinois before returning to
Tennessee to farm. He built a very successful wholesale produce,
mercantile, and shipping business.
When the war started Jackson enlisted in the Confederate army and
was appointed a staff major. He served as Felix K Zollicoffer's
quartermaster then as paymaster in Knoxville, Tennessee during the
period that the Confederates occupied the place. Jackson was
initially appointed brigadier general on 29 October 1862 but the
appointment was canceled. He was reappointed brigadier general on 22
April 1863 to rank from 9 February of that same year. He commanded a
composite brigade of infantry and cavalry for the next 18 months.
His command was constantly changing and at one point contained a
company of Cherokee Indians. His brigade, in addition to fighting
Union bushwhackers and tracking down deserters, raided into Kentucky
and southwest Virginia. In September 1863 his command captured the
entire 10th Ohio infantry regiment in an engagement at Telford's
Station, Tennessee. On 23 November 1864 Jackson was reported unfit
for further field duty and finished his service as a staff officer
on the staff of John C Breckinridge.
The war cost Jackson his property and assets. After the war he was a
tenant farmer in Virginia until a special pardon by President Andrew
Johnson restored some of Jackson's property. He died 30 October 1889
in Jonesborough, Tennessee.
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