About Brig. General James S. Jackson (USA)
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 was graduated from Jefferson College, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, in 1844, and from the law department of Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky, in 1845. That same year he was admitted to the bar and began the practice of law in Greenupsburg, Kentucky.
During the Mexican-American War, Jackson enlisted as a private in the 1st Kentucky Cavalry, June 9, 1846; he was commissioned third lieutenant on July 9, 1846. Jackson participated in a duel with Captain Thomas Francis Marshall, but fearing a court martial, he resigned October 10, 1846.
Jackson moved to Hopkinsville in 1859. 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 troop of cavalrymen and was commissioned colonel of the 3rd Kentucky Cavalry on December 13, 1861. He became a brigadier general of volunteers on July 16, 1862. Jackson commanded the 10th Division in the Army of the Ohio and was killed at the Battle of Perryville on October 8, 1862. He was first buried in Louisville's Cave Hill Cemetery and reinterred March 24, 1863 in Riverside Cemetery in Hopkinsville.