William Lowther "Mudwall" Jackson

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William Lowther "Mudwall" Jackson, second cousin of "Stonewall," was also born at Clarksburg, (West) Virginia, February 3, 1825. After his admission to the bar in 1847 he had a distinguished ante-bellum career, which included the offices of commonwealth attorney, jurist, membership in the Virginia house of delegates, and election as lieutenant governor of the state. Resigning as judge of the nineteenth judicial circuit in 1861, he enlisted in, the Confederate Army as a private and rapidly rose to the colonelcy of the 31st Virginia Infantry. After the close of General R. S. Garnett's disastrous campaign in Western Virginia in which he participated, he served on Stonewall Jackson's staff until April 1863, when he recruited the 19th Virginia Cavalry within the Federal lines and was elected its colonel. With this command, a part of the brigade of General A. G. Jenkins, he was active in West Virginia and in the Shenandoah Valley campaign of 1864.  He was promoted brigadier general to rank from December 19, 1864. Finally paroled at Brownsville, Texas, July 26, 1865, General Jackson went to Mexico for a time. He returned to his home to find that a provision of West Virginia law aimed at ex-Confederates prohibited his practicing law in that state. He removed to Louisville, Kentucky, and a few years later he was appointed to the Kentucky bench, where he remained by successive elections until his death at Louisville, March 24, 1890. He is buried there in Cave Hill Cemetery.

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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.