Conrad Feger Jackson

Conrad Feger Jackson, of an old Berks County, Pennsylvania family, was born in Alsace township, September 11, 1813, during the second war with England. He was in early life associated with the militia, as a lieutenant and adjutant of the "Reading Artillerists." At the outbreak of the Mexican War he had moved to Pottsville, Pennsylvania, and it is said that "he fought throughout the war as Captain," although he is not so listed in F. B. Heitman's Register. Thereafter he is said to have secured a position in the United States Revenue Service. From then until the outbreak of the Civil War, he seems to have been employed by the Reading Railroad, residing in Pittsburgh, and associated with the "City Guard" militia company, which was mustered into the 9th Pennsylvania Reserves, a three-year regiment, on July 27, 1861, with Jackson as its colonel. The command, also known as the 38th Pennsylvania Infantry, arrived in Washington a few days after the battle of First Manassas. While in winter quarters at Langley, Virginia, where the regiment had become a part of Ord's brigade of McCall's division, it took part in the little-publicized action at Dranesville, in December, 1861, virtually the first Northern victory of the war. Here the Federals inflicted a loss of 194 men, horse and foot soldiers, on the celebrated Jeb Stuart and Powell Hill. In the course of General George B. McClellan's campaign on the Virginia Peninsula, the regiment, while attached to Porter's V Corps, was heavily engaged in the battles of Mechanicsville, Gaines's Mill, and Glen-dale, where Jackson directed the brigade for a time in the absence of General Truman Seymour. Subsequently, the command joined General John Pope's Army of Virginia and fought at Second Manassas under John F. Reynolds, with Jackson in command of the 3rd Brigade. He was promoted brigadier general of volunteers to rank from July 17, 1862. On August 30 Jackson was "taken sick on the field and obliged to retire" with, however, the encomiums of Reynolds. Although it is generally stated that he "participated in the battles of South Mountain and Antietam", the records exhibit that his brigade was commanded successively by its senior colonel and then by a lieutenant colonel.

 At Fredericksburg, December 13, 1862, he was killed instantly by a bullet through the head, having "already shown distinguished gallantry on the day of his death."  He was buried in Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh.

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Reference: Generals in Blue. Lives of the Union Commanders by Ezra J. Warner. Louisiana State University Press. Baton Rouge.