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Obituary of James M. Jackson, Guntersville, Marshall County, Alabama.

Dr. James M. Jackson, one of the oldest and most highly respected citizens of Marshall County, died at his residence, in Guntersville, Ala., on December 28, 1914. He was in his eighty-ninth year and had lived in Guntersville since 1850. During all these years he had been actively engaged in the practice of his profession, until two years ago.

James Monroe Jackson, son of Harbard and Martha Jackson, was born at Cullooka, Maury County, Tenn., April 12, 1826, and was reared on a farm. He graduated from Jackson College, in Maury County, in 1844 with the degree of A. M., and went at once to Alabama, locating at Somerville, where he began to study medicine. He attended lectures at the Louisville Medical College and graduated from the Medical College of South Carolina, at Charleston, in 1849. He returned to Somerville and practiced medicine successfully until 1856, when he moved to Guntersville.

In April, 1861, Dr. Jackson entered the Confederate army as surgeon of the 42d Tennessee Regiment and remained with it until the fall of Fort Donelson, after which he was held as a prisoner at Camp Chase until July following, when he was sent to Johnson's Island. After his release he joined the 49th Tennessee Regiment, in which he held the rank of major. After the battle of Franklin he was ordered to remain with the wounded soldiers and was subsequently taken to Nashville and imprisoned in the penitentiary. In April he and three other surgeons were sent to Indianapolis and held as hostages for four other surgeonsof the Federal army who were missing in the battle of Franklin. When it was discovered that they had returned to their homes. Dr. Jackson was released in June, 1865.

Dr. Jackson was married in November, 1850, to Eliza D., daughter of Dr. James and Martha (Berry) Wilkinson, of Somerville, A son and daughter survive him.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, March, 1915.

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