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James Rufus Jackson, Sr (about 1842 - March 13, 1864) served as a private in Company F, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.

Personal life

James Jackson was born about 1842 in Johnson County, Tennessee to James and Mahulda Elizabeth (Dunn) Jackson. He married Sarah Dowell (1846-1911) with whom he had one child.[1]

Civil War service

Jackson enlisted as a private in Company F on September 24, 1863 in Washington County, Tennessee for a period of three years and mustered in November 8, 1863 at Strawberry Plains, Tennessee.

He is described as 21 years old, 5' 9" tall, fair complexion, blue eyes, dark hair, and by occupation a farmer.

Jackson is listed as present for duty until he was left sick in U.S. General Hospital No. 11 at Nashville, Tennessee; the date was not recorded. He died there on March 13, 1864 due to smallpox. The only personal effect listed for him is 75 cents.

When the regiment mustered out on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville it was noted that he was owed a $100 bounty. His death record indicates that he had received $39.86 in clothing since enlistment and was last paid to December 31, 1863.

Jackson is buried at Nashville National Cemetery in Madison, Tennessee.


  1. 1870 U.S. Census, District No. 3, Johnson County, Tennessee.

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