Alfred E. Jackson
Military Service Record
Biographical data and notes:
- Born Nov 1, 1807, in Davidson County
- Alfred Eugene Jackson
died on Oct 30, 1889
- Enlisted on Feb 9, 1863, as a General Officer
Promoted to Brig-Gen (Full, Vol) (date not indicated)
- Promoted to Major (Full, Vol) (date not indicated)
Sources: General Officers of the
Confederate States of America, Confederate
Military History, National Archives
Generals in Gray Lives of the Confederate Commanders. Description: When Generals in Gray was published in 1959, scholars
and critics immediately hailed it as one of the few indispensable books on the American Civil War. Historian Stanley Horn,
for example, wrote, "It is difficult for a reviewer to restrain his enthusiasm in recommending a monumental book of this high
quality and value." Here at last is the paperback edition of Ezra J. Warner’s magnum opus with its concise, detailed
biographical sketches and—in an amazing feat of research—photographs of all 425 Confederate generals. Continued
The only exhaustive guide to the South’s command,
Generals in Gray belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in the Civil War. RATED 5 STARS!
Recommended Reading: Rebels
and Yankees: Commanders of the Civil War (Hardcover), by William C. Davis (Author), Russ A. Pritchard (Author). Description:
Davis and Pritchard have created a wonderful work that is sure to become a hit with anyone who studies the Civil War. This
book uses words and a generous amount of pictures and photographs to tell the story of the leaders, both talented
and flawed, that held together the two struggling armies in a time of chaos and devastating loss. Continued below...
of the stories have been told in one form or another.... Commanders compiles this study in a single book that makes
it very easy to compare and contrast the styles and techniques employed by officers of both armies. I thoroughly enjoyed the
book and highly recommend it.
Recommended Reading: Battles and Leaders of the Civil War, Volume
6 (Battles & Leaders of the Civil War) (632 pages) (University of Illinois Press) (2007). Description: Sifting carefully
through reports from newspapers, magazines, personal memoirs, and letters, Peter Cozzens' Volume 6 brings readers more of
the best first-person accounts of marches, encampments, skirmishes, and full-blown battles, as seen by participants on both
sides of the conflict. Alongside the experiences of lower-ranking officers and enlisted men are accounts from key personalities
including General John Gibbon, General John C. Lee, and seven prominent generals from both sides offering views on "why the
Confederacy failed." Continued below.
This volume includes one hundred and twenty illustrations, including sixteen previously uncollected maps
of battlefields, troop movements, and fortifications.
Hardtack & Coffee or The Unwritten Story of Army Life. Description: Most histories
of the Civil War focus on battles and top brass. Hardtack and Coffee is one of the few to give a vivid, detailed picture of
what ordinary soldiers endured every day—in camp, on the march, at the edge of a booming, smoking hell. John D. Billings
of Massachusetts enlisted in the Army of the Potomac and
survived the hellish conditions as a “common foot soldier” of the American Civil War. "Billings describes an insightful account of the conflict – the experiences of every
day life as a common foot-soldier – and a view of the war that is sure to score with every buff." Continued
authenticity of his book is heightened by the many drawings that a comrade, Charles W. Reed, made while in the field. This
is the story of how the Civil War soldier was recruited, provisioned, and disciplined. Described here are the types of men
found in any outfit; their not very uniform uniforms; crowded tents and makeshift shelters; difficulties in keeping clean,
warm, and dry; their pleasure in a cup of coffee; food rations, dominated by salt pork and the versatile cracker or hardtack;
their brave pastimes in the face of death; punishments for various offenses; treatment in sick bay; firearms and signals and
modes of transportation. Comprehensive and anecdotal, Hardtack and Coffee is striking for the pulse of life that runs through
Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War.
Description: Pulitzer Prize-winning
journalist Tony Horwitz returned from years of traipsing through war zones as a foreign correspondent only to find that his
childhood obsession with the Civil War had caught up with him. Near his house in Virginia,
he happened to encounter people who reenact the Civil War--men who dress up in period costumes and live as Johnny Rebs and
Billy Yanks. Intrigued, he wound up having some odd adventures with the "hardcores," the fellows who try to immerse themselves
in the war, hoping to get what they lovingly term a "period rush." Horwitz spent two years reporting on why Americans are
still so obsessed with the war, and the ways in which it resonates today. Continued below.
In the course of his work, he made a sobering side trip to cover a "murder that was provoked by the display
of the Confederate flag," and he spoke to a number of people seeking to honor their ancestors who fought for the Confederacy.
Horwitz has a flair for odd details that spark insights, and Confederates in the Attic is a thoughtful and entertaining
book that does much to explain America's continuing obsession with the Civil War.