Lieut. John Jackson was a native of City of Cork, Ireland, where he was born April 8, 1825. He came to Floyd Co., Ind., in 1840, and married first, Eletha Keller, who was born in 1832 in this county and passed away, leaving these children: George W., John G., Charles E., deceased and Sidney S.† He married, secondly, Nov. 3, 1864, Addie Mosier who was born in Georgetown, Ind., April 25, 1848, and who died Nov. 4, 1865, having one child, Addie M., now Mrs. A.J. Lee of Danville, Ill. He married, thirdly, Feb. 8, 1866, in Orange Co., Ind., Hannah E. Allegre who was born in that county, Jan. 22, 1841. Her father, Shadrach Allegre is dead, and her mother, Sarah D. (Elrod). They had seven children, as follows: Sarah A., James B., Philip S., Clara B., William A. dec., Walter P., dec. and Grace E. His present wife was formerly married to Salathiel Bixler who served his country during the late war, in Co. G, 24th Ind. V. I.; he was mortally wounded at the battle of Champion Hill, May 14, 1863, from which he died four days later; he is buried on the battlefield of Champion Hill. He fought at Ft. Henry, Ft. Donelson, Shiloh, Corinth, Black River Bridge, Thompson Hill, Raymond, Jackson and Champion Hill. By this marriage she had one child, Florence E., now Mrs. D. L. Roach, of Corbin, Ky.; her husband, Mr. Roach served in a Ky. Regt. during the late war. Comrade Jackson was a teacher when he enlisted inn the Federal army, during the first year of the war, July 27, 1861, at Greenville, Ind., as 1st Ord.-Sergt., in Co. C., 23d Ind. V. I., 3d Brig., 3d Div., 17th A.C., and in time was made 2d Lieut.† He contracted chronic diarrhea, lumbago, catarrh and malarial fever in service, but did not enter hospital. August, 1861, he was furloughed from St. Louis for thirty days and was again given a veteranís furlough of thirty days in March, 1864, and in the fall of 1863 had another furlough of thirty days.† July, 1864, he took charge of the non-veterans from the Chattahoochee River, Ga., to Louisville, Ky., to assist in the muster-out of the non-veterans at that place. He fought at Ft. Henry, Shiloh, Siege of Corinth, Thompsons Hill, Bayou, Pierre, Raymond, Jackson, Champion Hill, Siege of Vicksburg, Pt. Gibson and the Atlanta Campaign. At the battle of Raymond, Miss., where he was afterwards captured, on the 14th of May, 1863, the Regt., to which he belonged was for a short time thrown into confusion through no fault of the men, and became scattered. The color bearer being slightly wounded dropped the colors, which was taken up by Lieut. Jackson, who waving them, called to the men, succeeded in rallying the Regt., and led it back to the field where it contributed valuable service in the repulse of the enemy. He was honorably discharged Aug. 1, 1864, at Chattanooga, Tenn. He also enlisted in the Mexican War, June 27, 1846, then 21 years old in Co. G, 2nd Ind. V.I., under General Taylor, and participated in the battle of Buen Vista with the rank of Corp. He was discharged June 29, 1847, at New Orleans, La.† His wifeís great-grandfather, John Cooper served in the Revolutionary war. Comrade Jackson is a pension claim attorney and his address is New Albany, Ind.
From the book, Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen Vol. II
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