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JACKSON, James Streshley, soldier, born in Fayette county, Kentucky, 27 September, 1823; died in Perryville, Kentucky, 8 October, 1862. He was graduated at Jefferson college, Pennsylvania, and in law at Transylvania university, in 1845, and began practice. At the beginning of the Mexican war he raised a regiment of volunteers, and served for a time as lieutenant. While in Mexico he had a difficulty with Colonel Thomas F. Marshall, which resulted in a duel, and he resigned to avoid trial by court-martial. He then resumed practice first at Greenupsburg, and afterward at Hopkinsville, Kentucky, and in 1860 was elected to congress as a Unionist, but resigned his seat in autumn, 1861, and organized for the National government the 3d Kentucky cavalry, of which he became colonel. He took an active part in the battles of Shiloh, Corinth, Iuka, and Athens, and on 16 July, 1862, was commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers. He commanded a division of McCook's corps, of the Army of the Ohio, at the battle of Perryville, where he was killed. General Jackson possessed great personal attractions, and his impetuosity led him into several duels in addition to the one above mentioned.
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