Information sought on Confederate soldier

Information sought on Confederate soldier

Posted: Friday, January 14, 2011 8:01 pm

The late James Jonathan Jackson was a captain of the 15th North Carolina Infantry, formerly 5th North Carolina Infantry Volunteers, and is buried in Miles Cemetery in Obion County.
His gravesite was recently discovered by members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, according to Mike Shannon, camp commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Bell’s Partisans Camp No. 1821 in Trimble. Shannon is asking for assistance in locating family members of the soldier.
Jackson was born in Franklin County, N.C., in 1809. He married Martha Evans in 1829 and they moved to Wilson County in 1830.
At age 52, he enlisted in Confederate service June 13, 1836. He was discharged May 10, 1838. He applied for Bounty Land for service in the Seminole War on July 4, 1878. He served in the Seminole War in Capt. Jesse Findley’s Company, 2nd Regt. Tenn. Mounted Volunteers.
Jackson’s name appears on the 15th Regt. NC Volunteers “Roll of Honor” for service as a Capt. of Company G. The 15th Infantry Regiment, formerly the 5th Volunteers, was organized in Garysburg, N.C., in June 1861. Its members were recruited in the counties of Northampton, Union, Cleveland, Franklin, Harnett, Alamance and Edgecombe. With about 800 officers and men, the unit was ordered to Yorktown, Va. In April, 1862, it had 532 effectives and during the war served under Gens. H. Cobb and Cooke. It fought in the Seven Days’ Battles, the Maryland Campaign and at Fredericksburg. In January 1863, the regiment moved to Charleston and Savannah, then returned to Virginia. After serving in the Richmond area during the Pennsylvania Campaign, it was active in numerous conflicts from Bristoe to Cold Harbor. Later it saw action in the Petersburg trenches south of the James River and the Appomattox Campaign.
The unit reported 21 killed and 110 wounded at Malvern Hill; 11 killed, 48 wounded and 124 missing of the 402 engaged at Crampton’s Gap; and three killed, 52 wounded and eight missing of the 133 at Sharpsburg. It sustained 121 casualties at Fredericksburg, 101 at Bristoe and 113 from May 1 to June 21, 1864. The records show 16 officers and 122 men were present on April 9, 1865. The field officers were Cols. Henry A. Dowd, William McRae, Robert M. McKinney and William H. Yarborough; Lt. Cols. Gray W. Hammond and Ross R. Ihrie; and Majors William F. Green and Robert P. Jerome.
He died in November 1879.
Shannon said he would like to clean up the cemetery and Jackson’s grave as a camp project, but would like to know if anyone knows more about him personally or if anyone is related to him.
Shannon may be contacted at P.O. Box 22, Trimble, TN 38259 or by e-mail

Published in The Messenger 1.14.11


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