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Henry Rootes Jackson
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Born: July 24, 1820(1820-07-24)
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Died: May 23, 1898 (aged 77)
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Allegiance: United States of America,
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Branch: Confederate Army
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Rank: Major General
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Battles: U.S.-Mexican War
American Civil War
- Battle of Cheat Mountain
- Atlanta Campaign
- Franklin-Nashville Campaign
- Battle of Nashville
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Henry Rootes Jackson (June 24, 1820 – May 23, 1898) was a major general in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War.


Jackson was born in Athens, Georgia. He graduated with honors from Yale University, where he was a member of Skull & Bones, in 1839. Before the war, he served as a lawyer, then as an officer in the Mexican-American War, state judge, as United States Chargé d'affaires to the Austrian Empire from 1853 to 1854, and as Minister Resident to the Austrian Empire from 1854 to 1858.[1]

Enlisting in the Confederate army in 1861, he served as a judge in Confederate courts. Promoted in June to brigadier general, he later led troops during the Western Virginia campaign, seeing action at the Battle of Cheat Mountain. In December, he was promoted to major general of state militia for Georgia. Returning to Confederate service in September 1863, he led a brigade during the Atlanta Campaign. He commanded a brigade in William B. Bate's division in John Bell Hood's Franklin-Nashville Campaign. Jackson was captured at the Battle of Nashville and was paroled from Fort Warren, Massachusetts, on July 8, 1865.

After the war, he resumed his law practice and political career, being named as minister to Mexico from 1885 to 1886. He also was a railroad executive, banker, and president of the Georgia Historical Society (1875 – 1898). Jackson died in Savannah, Georgia, and was buried in Bonaventure Cemetery in that city.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Thomas M. Foote
U.S. Minister to the Austrian Empire
Succeeded by
J. Glancy Jones
Preceded by
Philip H. Morgan
U.S. Minister to Mexico
Succeeded by
Thomas C. Manning