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William E. Jackson (1812 – 13 January 1863) 3rd Great Grandfather

Updated: Oct 24, 2022

We had ancestors that fought on both sides of the Civil War. I had posted earlier about Henry Benton Gant who fought for the 86th Indiana Infantry and was wounded. We also had an ancestor, William Jackson who fought for the 48th North Carolina Infantry Regiment. He appears to have been wounded and succumbed to his wounds.

William went into the 48th North Carolina Infantry Regiment Company K as a Private on April 9, 1862, at age 50 or 51 years of age. William appears to have been wounded in the fighting and died 13 Jan 1863. He is buried along with over 2200 other Civil War soldiers at Old City Cemetery in Lynchburg, Va. We are descended from his daughter Martha J. Jackson who was born in 1844. She would later marry Moses Tomlinson on 24 December 1868. We visited Moses and Martha’s tombstone while at the reunion this year in Plainfield.

Lynchburg, Virginia was known for being a hospital city during the Civil War for Confederates. William appears to have been in a Confederate Hospital and died from his wounds or disease and was buried at Old City Cemetery along with 2200 other Confederate soldiers.

Roster of North Carolina Civil War Soldiers

You will find William on page 392.

Lynchburg was known as “Tobacco Town” before the Civil War, with its 70 thriving tobacco businesses and numerous warehouses. It was also a railroad hub, the terminals of three railroads. Early in the Civil War, many of the warehouses were converted into hospitals and the railroads became the conduit for Confederate casualties pouring into the city. There was a peak time after the Battle of the Wilderness (May 1864) when Lynchburg, with 6,000 inhabitants, was overwhelmed with over 10,000 wounded and diseased soldiers. During the four year Civil War, as the South’s largest outpost hospital center, Lynchburg admitted in excess of 20,000 patients with nearly 3,000 deaths. Over 2,200 of those soldiers are buried in this Confederate Section of the Old City Cemetery. My 3rd Great Grandfather was one of the 2200 Confederate soldiers buried in Old City Cemetery.

The 48th North Carolina Infantry Action in 1862

William could have participated in these engagements depending on when he was injured. Then it appears at some point he was moved to the hospitals in Lynchburg where he eventually died and was buried in Old Cemetery with 2200 other confederate soldiers.

In September of 1862 – Battle of Sharpsburg (Antietam)

The regiment lost around 200 casualties.

In December of 1862 - Battle of Fredericksburg

The regiment lost 175 casualties.

Ancestor Line to my family

  • 3rd Great Grandparents – William Jackson (1812 – 1863) / Lavinia Wilson (1814 – 1917)

  • 2nd Great Grandparents -Moses Tomlinson (1836 – 1927) / Martha J. Jackson (1844-1917

  • Great Grandparents - Francis Marshall Calbert “Gramps” ( 1882 -1971) / Eunice Elba Tomlinson (1882 – 1950)

  • Grandparents - John Henry Bombei (1907 – 1977) / Rose Lavada Calbert (1911 – 1979)

  • Parents - Robert D. Bombei (1934-2018) / Betty Jean Cline (1936- 2010)

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