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Henry Rootes Jackson
Born (1820-07-24)July 24, 1820
Died May 23, 1898(1898-05-23) (aged 77)
Place of birth Athens, Georgia
Place of death Savannah, Georgia
Place of burial Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, Georgia
Service/branch U.S. Army
Confederate States Army
Years of service 1846–1847 (USA), 1861–1865 (CSA)
Other work U.S. minister to Mexico, 1885 – 86

Henry Rootes Jackson (June 24, 1820 – May 23, 1898) was a major general in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War.


Jackson was born in Athens, Georgia. He graduated with honors from Yale University, where he was a member of Skull and Bones, in 1839. Before the war, he served as a lawyer, then as colonel of the 1st Georgia volunteers in the Mexican-American War, state judge, as United States Chargé d'affaires to the Austrian Empire from 1853 to 1854, and as Minister Resident to the Austrian Empire from 1854 to 1858.[1] Jackson was also a poet (his book Tallulah and Other Poems appeared in 1850) and a frequent public speaker. For instance, he delivered an oration on "Courage" to the University of Georgia literary societies in 1848 and a dedication address for the Laurel Grove Cemetery in Savannah in 1852. Jackson was a prominent lawyer and prosecutor in Savannah. In 1859, he unsuccessfully prosecuted the owners and crew of the slave ship, The Wanderer, probably the last ship to attempt to bring African into the United States for sale as slaves.[2]

Enlisting in the Confederate army in 1861, he served as a judge in Confederate courts. Promoted in June to brigadier general, he later led troops during the Western Virginia campaign, seeing action at the Battle of Cheat Mountain. In December, he was promoted to major general of state militia for Georgia. Returning to Confederate service in September 1863, he led a brigade during the Atlanta Campaign. He commanded a brigade in William B. Bate's division in John Bell Hood's Franklin-Nashville Campaign. Jackson was captured at the Battle of Nashville and was paroled from Fort Warren, Massachusetts, on July 8, 1865. After the war, he resumed his law practice and political career, being named as minister to Mexico from 1885 to 1886. He also was a railroad executive, banker, and president of the Georgia Historical Society (1875 – 1898). Jackson died in Savannah, Georgia, and was buried in Bonaventure Cemetery, owned by City of Savannah, located in Thunderbolt, Ga.

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Notes and references[]

  1. "FORMER U.S. AMBASSADORS TO AUSTRIA". U.S. Embassy in Vienna. Retrieved 2008-12-24. [dead link]
  2. Sifakis, Stewart. Who Was Who in the Civil War. New York: Facts On File, 1988. ISBN 0-8160-1055-2. p. 335


Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Thomas M. Foote
U.S. Minister to the Austrian Empire
Succeeded by
J. Glancy Jones
Preceded by
Philip H. Morgan
U.S. Minister to Mexico
Succeeded by
Thomas C. Manning

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