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Federal (USA)


Lyman J. Jackson

(1834 - 1887)

Home State: Ohio

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 11th Ohio Infantry


see his Battle Report

Before Antietam

He was a lawyer "of fair talents" from Perry County, Ohio. From April through August 1861 he was Captain, Company E, 17th Ohio (90 day unit), he then raised and was Captain of, Company G in the 31st Ohio. In January 1862, at about 27 years of age, he was appointed Major of the Eleventh (from outside the Regiment). He had requested an appointment to field rank from the Governor, suggesting the 62nd Ohio Regiment.

By March, "Colonel Charles A. DeVilliers of their regiment had been tried by court martial and, although the result had not been published, circumstances indicated his dismissal". At that time Lt Colonel Coleman was in command.

On the Campaign

As the next senior man, Major Jackson took command of the Regiment after LCol Coleman was killed in action on 17 September.

The rest of the War

He resigned his commission in the 11th on 1 October 1862. In May 1864 he was made Colonel of the new 159th Ohio on its organization - mustered for 100 days service.

After the War

He was Perry County delegate to the Ohio State Constitutional Convention of 1873.

References & notes

Details from Correspondence to the Governor and Adjutant General of Ohio during the Civil War, extracted online, from the Ohio State Historical Society, with Service dates from the Roster1. Life dates from his gravesite on Findagrave.


01/12/1834; Fairfield County, OH


01/25/1887 Perry County, OH; burial in New Lexington Cemetery, New Lexington, OH


1   State of Ohio, Roster Commission, Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866, 12 Volumes, Akron: The Werner Company, 1893-95, Vol. 2, pg. 321  [AotW citation 13221]