William Hicks Jackson

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William Hicks "Red" Jackson was born at Paris, Tennessee, October 1, 1835. He attended West Tennessee College and was graduated from West Point in the class of 1856. In May 1861 he resigned his commission as a lieutenant of mounted riflemen to enter Confederate service as a captain of artillery. He was soon severely wounded at the battle of Belmont. Upon his recovery he was appointed colonel of the 1st (later 7th) Tennessee Cavalry, and for gallantry at the capture of Holly Springs, was promoted brigadier general to rank from December 29, 1862. He served throughout the Vicksburg campaign, was in command of Polk's cavalry during the Meridian expedition, and had charge of the cavalry corps of the Army of Mississippi in the Atlanta campaign. He was attached to Hood's army during the invasion of Tennessee in the autumn of 1864; and in February 1865, was placed in command of all the Tennessee cavalry in General N. B. Forrest's Department. Although he was never formally advanced to the grade of major general, he led one of Forrest's two divisions at the close of the war. In 1868 Jackson married the daughter of General William G. Harding of "Belle Meade" near Nashville. He occupied himself for the rest of his life in the breeding and development of thoroughbred horses, and brought the farm to first rank in the South. For many years also he was president of the National Agricultural Congress and the Tennessee Bureau of Agriculture, among others. He died at "Belle Meade" on March 30, 1903, and is buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Nashville.

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Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.