James S. Jackson

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James Streshly Jackson
James Streshly Jackson
Born(1823-09-27)September 27, 1823
Fayette County, Kentucky, U.S.
DiedOctober 8, 1862(1862-10-08) (aged 39)
Boyle County, Kentucky, U.S.
Place of burial
Riverside Cemetery
Hopkinsville, Kentucky, U.S.
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Years of service1846; 1861-1862
RankUnion Army brigadier general rank insignia.svg Brigadier General
Commands held3rd Kentucky Cavalry
10th Division, Army of the Ohio

James Streshly Jackson (September 27, 1823 – October 8, 1862) was a U.S. Representative from Kentucky and a brigadier general in the Union Army during the American Civil War.


Born in Fayette County, Kentucky, Jackson pursued classical studies at Centre College, Danville, Kentucky. He graduated from Jefferson College, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, in 1844, and the following year from the law department of Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky. He was admitted to the bar and began practicing law in Greenupsburg, Kentucky.

During the Mexican–American War, Jackson enlisted on June 9, 1846, as a private in the 1st Kentucky Cavalry; he was elected a third lieutenant one month later. Jackson participated in a duel with Captain Thomas Francis Marshall; fearing a court martial, he resigned from the Army on October 10, 1846.

In 1859, he moved to Hopkinsville from Greenupsburg.[1] He was elected as a Unionist to the Thirty-seventh Congress and served from March 4 to December 13, 1861, when he resigned to enter the Union Army.

Jackson raised a cavalry company and was elected colonel of the 3rd Kentucky Cavalry when it was formed on December 13, 1861. He was promoted to brigadier general of volunteers on July 16, 1862.

Jackson was placed in command of the 10th Division in the Army of the Ohio. He was killed in action on October 8, 1862, during the Battle of Perryville. He was buried at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, but was reinterred on March 24, 1863 at Riverside Cemetery in Hopkinsville.

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  1. ^ Appletons' annual cyclopaedia and register of important events of the year: 1862. New York: D. Appleton & Company. 1863. p. 677.


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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 2nd congressional district

March 4, 1861 – December 13, 1861
Succeeded by