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JACKSON, Nathaniel James, soldier, born in Newburyport, Massachusetts, about 1825. He became colonel of the 1st Maine regiment in June. 1861, and afterward was made colonel of the 5th Maine regiment. He was commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers on 24 September, 1862, commanded the 2d brigade, 2d division of the 12th corps, and served through the campaigns of McClellan and Pope in Virginia, being wounded at Gaines's Mills. In the autumn of 1864 he commanded the 1st division of the 20th corps, taking part in Sherman's march to the sea and in the invasion of the Carolinas. He was brevetted major-general of volunteers at the close of the war, and mustered out, 24 August, 1865.
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