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Nashville in Davidson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

William Hicks Jackson

October 1, 1835 -March 30, 1903


— West Point graduate, Confederate States Army brigadier general, Thoroughbred breeder —

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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, February 7, 2021
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Inscription.  Jackson's parents migrated from Virginia. He was born in Paris, Tennessee, but his parents moved to Jackson when he was five. He graduated from West Point in 1856 and served in the U.S, Army. His service was primarily in what is now New Mexico, protecting settlers from raids, often launched by the Kiowa tribe. Once he learned Tennessee would secede, he resigned his commission as a lieutenant.

Jackson entered Confederate service as a captain of artillery. He was seriously wounded at Belmont, Missouri in 1861. Having recovered the following March, he was promoted to colonel in command of the 7th Tennessee Cavalry. By the end of 1862, he commanded a brigade of Tennessee and Mississippi cavalry. His brigade was one of three in Earl Van Dorn's great raid that destroyed a U.S. supply base at Holly Springs, Mississippi. Jackson's gallantry and leadership led to his promotion to brigadier general.

Private John Milton (7th Tenn. Cavalry) wrote, “Jackson was a trained soldier, and constantly grew in favor with officers and men. If Jackson did not apparently have the dash of some other officers, his impression on the soldiers was
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, February 7, 2021
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of solidarity, good sense, and firmness. He must have had the implicit confidence of Van Dorn and Forrest. More could not be said of any soldier.”

Jackson's leadership was probably peaked during the 1864 Atlanta campaign. His cavalry division was generally on the left of the Army of Tennessee. Though the army held its lines in successive battles, the larger U.S. Army repeatedly marched to the army's left to outflank them. Jackson's Division accurately provided intelligence on those marches. In July the Ú.S. cavalry attempted to cut the railroads supplying the C.S. base at Atlanta. It was Jackson's information and plan that annihilated them at Brown's Mill.

After independence was lost, Jackson became a civilian for the first time in his adult life. His father brought him to visit his friend William Harding, owner of Belle Meade Plantation. Jackson was fond of Harding's daughter Selene. She had attempted to rally the Confederates as they fell back across the lawn during the Battle of Nashville. Jackson was invited back to a Christmas party at the Belmont Mansion and fell in love with Selene. They were married two Decembers later. William Harding and Jackson turned Belle Meade intro a great thoroughbred farm. When Jackson died in 1903 his funeral was conducted by Rev. David C. Kelley (buried in Sect. 15), a former Confederate cavalry lieutenant colonel.
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Erected by Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 28.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Sons of Confederate Veterans/United Confederate Veterans series list.
Location. 36° 8.892′ N, 86° 44.147′ W. Marker is in Nashville, Tennessee, in Davidson County. Marker can be reached from Lebanon Pike. Marker is in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1101 Lebanon Pike, Nashville TN 37210, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. James Edwards Rains (within shouting distance of this marker); Mary Elizabeth Bradford Johns (within shouting distance of this marker); Mary Kate Patterson Davis Hill Kyle (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Thomas Benton Smith (about 300 feet away); Hylan Leitus Rosser (about 300 feet away); Adelicia Hayes Franklin Acklen Cheatham (about 300 feet away); Adolphus Heiman (about 400 feet away); John Bell (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nashville.
More about this marker. Marker is part of Mt. Olivet Confederate Memorial Hall Trail.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 7, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 32 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 7, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
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Mar. 6, 2021