John A. “Black Hawk” Jackson

(Confederate Veterans Magazine)


            Mr. Jackson was born about the year 1844 in Woodstock, Shenandoah County, VA, USA the son of George and Hannah Jackson.  He was married in his native county and state to Harriet Layton on Dec 28, 1871 and the union produced two children, a daughter, Lillie and son, William.


            The CONFERATE VETERANS MAGAZINE, published between 1893 and 1932 contain an article on Mr. Jackson and he personally:

            Black Hawk, writes from Woodstock Shenandoah County, VA……I thank you for putting my picture in your magazine.  I am proud of my war record, I was given, when a young man, by my old master, Samuel C. Williams, who was a member of the Virginia Secession Convention, to his oldest son, who was then Lieut. James Harrison Williams, of Chew’s Battery, and I stood by him and his brothers until the close of the war.  I was taken prisoner twice, captured once with the watches and money of our boys and others of the Williams mess upon my person, given into my care when the Battle began.  I escaped and returned with watches and money all safe.  The picture you published was taken while Dr. Averitt was on a visit to Mrs. James H. Williams at Woodstock, Virginia.  I was not Dr Averitt’s camp servant, nor was he ever a member of the Williams mess.  As far as I know, Mr. William McGuire, of Winchester, Virginia, Louis Bryan Morel, of Florida, and Myself are the only  living members of that mess.  Rev. Dr. Averitt was often our guest.  Like the rest of the veterans, I am growing old; but I am with my people in Woodstock, where I was born.


            Mr. John Jackson had came to Princeton, IN about 1919 and had lived with the Charles Gilbert family for about a year when he died.  Mr. Jackson died in Princeton, Gibson, IN USA on March 5, 1920 of Chronic Bronchitis.  Dr. A. R. Burton, MD gave the cause of death and Radcliff and Colvin Funeral Home of Princeton, IN handled the body, with burial in Union Cemetery, Patoka Township, Gibson County, IN.


           PRINCETON, INDIANA OBITUARY, 5 Mar 1920


   (Note:  Thanks to Martha Earls & Jackie Milburn for the research and contribution of the above materials.  4 Apr 2011)