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[image ALT: A head-and‑shoulders photograph of an alert-looking old man with a mustache, sideburns, and a full beard; he wears a very plain jacket and a low collar in the fashion of the 1900's. He is Thomas K. Jackson, a West Point graduate whose career is summarized on this webpage.]

Major Thomas K. Jackson.

The preceding image, and the text that follows, are reproduced from (the report of the) Fortieth Annual Reunion of the Association of the Graduates of the United States Military Academy, June 10th, 1909.

 p33  Thomas K. Jackson
No. 1393. Class of 1848.
Died August 5, 1902, at Gainesville, Ala., aged 78.

Major Thomas K. Jackson was born in Abbeville, S. C., December 12th, 1824, and entered U. S. Military Academy in June, 1844, and graduated July 1st, 1848, and was at once attached to the Fourth Regiment, U. S. Artillery, and soon transferred to the Fifth U. S. Infantry. In 1849 he was promoted to the Eighth Regiment, U. S. Infantry, and served with it on the frontiers of Texas and New Mexico, until 1857, when he was assigned to duty at West Point as Assistant Instructor of Infantry tactics. Afterwards at his own request he was assigned to duty in the general recruiting service of the U. S. Army. Upon the secession of his native State, he immediately resigned his commission in the U. S. Army, April 1st, 1861. He was assigned to duty in the subsistence department, and later was offered the Colonelcy of a Virginia regiment of infantry, but declined the honor and was assigned to duty with General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Albert Sidney Johnston as his principal commissary of subsistence. In December, 1963, he married the daughter of Hon. Turner Reins, of Gainesville, Ala., and at the close of the war settled in that town, where he lived until his death. After the year 1866, he was engaged in cotton business for some years; then in merchandising and the last years of his life were spent in managing his estate.


Thayer's Note:

a Maj. Jackson's birthdate is uncertain; see my note to his entry in Cullum's Register.

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