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C. Jackson

C. Jackson

Federal (USV)


Charles Jackson

(1844 - 1926)

Home State: Connecticut

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 8th Connecticut Infantry

Before Antietam

He came to America with his cotton weaver parents in about 1852 and in 1860 was a 15 year old factory worker living with his factory worker family in Windham, CT. He enlisted on 3 September 1861 and mustered as a Private in Company D, 8th Connecticut Infantry on 21 September.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by a gunshot to his right wrist in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

... I was wounded with an Minnie ball. the ball passing through my hand and, I was going to say, rendering amputation necessary, but no! it might have been saved if I could have had it taken care of, but alas! I was taken prisoner. I was wounded on the seventeenth Sept., taken prisoner on the field, had my arm amputated on the 18th, was paroled on the 19th and recaptured on the 20th.

The rest of the War

He was treated at a field hospital at Porterstown and was admitted to US Army General Hospital #5 in Frederick, MD on 10 October and sent on to Baltimore on 31 October 1862. He was discharged for disability on 17 February 1863.

He returned home and began work in a thread mill, but enlisted again, in the 59th Company, 2nd Battalion, Veteran Reserve Corps on 27 October 1863 and was discharged on 12 October 1865.

After the War

He returned to Windham and was day watchman in a cotton factory there, working 12 hour shifts, often 7 days a week. In 1870 he had a retail candy store in Norwich, but from 1871 until his retirement 49 years later in 1920 he was a letter carrier in Hartford.

References & notes

His service from the Record 1 and pension cards, online from fold3. Wound and hospital details from Major Ward's after-action report, Nelson,2 and the Patient List.3 Personal details from family genealogists, the England & Wales Census of 1851, the US Census of 1860-1910, his obituary in the Hartford Courant of 19 March 1926, and his correspondence during the 1865-66 left-hand penmanship contest, source of his photograph and the quote above. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married W├╝rttemberg-born Anna Siegel Lyon (1841-1904) in November 1864 and they had 4 children. He married again, Carrie Marsh Odekirk (1863-) in September 1910.


10/19/1844; Manchester, ENGLAND


03/18/1926; Hartford, CT; burial in Spring Grove Cemetery, Hartford, CT


1   State of Connecticut, Adjutant General's Office, and AGs Smith, Camp, and Barbour, and AAG White, Record of Service of Connecticut Men in the Army and Navy of the United States during the War of the Rebellion, Hartford: Press of the Case, Lockwood, and Brainard Company, 1889, p. 340  [AotW citation 30735]

2   Nelson, John H., As Grain Falls Before the Reaper: The Federal Hospital Sites and Identified Federal Casualties at Antietam, Hagerstown: John H. Nelson, 2004, p. 261  [AotW citation 30736]

3   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #888  [AotW citation 30737]