General Alfred Eugene Jackson
Alfred E. Jackson
Brigadier-General Alfred E. Jackson, in 1861, was
quartermaster of Zollicoffer's brigade, and
very active in
collecting supplies for the soldiers and whatever things
needed for their full equipment, in which
duty he was very
efficient. During 1862, he served in the department of East
Tennessee under Gen. E. Kirby Smith,
and proved himself so
capable that he was commissioned brigadier-general, and on
February 9, 1863, was assigned to
the military department of
East Tennessee, then commanded by General Donelson.
In this region, he had command of
a brigade under Donelson and
Maury, and was kept on the alert against raiding parties of
the enemy. In September,
1863, when most of the Confederate
troops had been ordered to Bragg at Chattanooga, and Burnside
with a Federal army
corps had occupied Knoxville, Jackson,
with his own small command and that of Colonel Giltner,
advanced to Telford's
depot, and there defeated a Federal
advance force, capturing 350 prisoners.
On the theater of Jackson's operations
there was a good deal
of this sort of detachment work in which there was plenty of
marching and fighting, but very
little chance for renown,
because the great battles so obscured the small affairs that
in many parts of the country
they were never even heard of.
In October, under Gen. John S. Williams, he took a gallant
part in the victory at
Greeneville, east Tennessee. His
command was included in Ransom's division during Longstreet's
operations in east
Tennessee. On November 23, 1864, being
unfit for active service in the field, he was ordered to
to General Breckinridge.
After the war had ended, General Jackson, like the thousands
of other citizen-soldiers,
returned quietly to the pursuits of
peace. On October 30, 1889, he died at Jonesboro, Tenn.
Source: Confederate Military History, vol. X, p. 315
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