Nathaniel James Jackson(1818 - 1892)
Home State: Maine
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 5th Maine Infantry
see his Battle Report
Before the Antietam Campaign:
Jackson was Colonel of the 1st Maine Infantry (3-months reg't) May - August 1861. On September 9, 1862 Colonel Jackson was given command of the the 5th Maine (3-years) Infantry, "which led to a near mutiny [why?] in the regiment. Several officers resigned and General Henry W. Slocum had to act swiftly to prevent further mutinous acts by the members of the 5th Maine."
In the battle of Gaines' Mill the 5th lost 10 killed, 69 wounded and 16 missing, its gallant Col. Jackson was carried wounded from the field and Lieut.-Col. Heath was among the killed.
"... Edwards was promoted to lieutenant colonel prior to the battle of Fredericksburg, Maryland (December 13, 1862), and promoted to full colonel in January 1863 after Colonel Edward A. Scammon (who had succeeded Jackson as commander of the 5th Maine) resigned."
The remainder of the War:
Col Jackson was promoted to Brigadier General on 24 Sept 1862, and mustered out honorably on 24 Aug 1865.
References, Sources, and other notes:
Sources: Source: Heitman, Francis Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, Washington, US Government Printing Office, 1903;
Clark S. Edwards Papers, 1861-1903, Navarro College, Corsicana, Texas; and
his gravesite - listed at find-a-grave and found for us by Ricky Tresize.
|Birth Date: 07/28/1818 Place of Birth: Newburyport, ME |
Death Date: 4/21/1892 Burial Place: Oak Hill Cemetary, Newburyport, Essex County, Mass
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