1862-63: Oswald Jackson to Ella Moore Willing

These letters were written by Oswald Jackson (1838-1891) who entered the service as a 1st Lieutenant in Co. F, 17th Pennsylvania Infantry but transferred to Co. I, 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry [“Rush’s Regiment of Lancers”] where he was promoted to captain in August 1862. While serving in this capacity, he was detailed as an aide-de-camp to Major Gen. Erasmus D. Keyes with whom he served until August 1863 when he resigned his commission as a major. Keyes commanded the Fourth Army Corps headquartered at Yorktown.

Oswald (or “Ossie”) was the son of Isaac Rand Jackson (1806-1842) and Louisa Catherine Carroll (1809-1869) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Ossie wrote the letter to Ella Moore Willing (1838-1923) whom he later married.

An obituary notice for Oswald Jackson, published on 9 December 1891 in the New York Tribune, states that he “was the head of the firm of Oswald Jackson & Brother, wine importers of No. 21 South William Street” and that he was “lost overboard from the North German Lloyd steamship Fulda on November 30 [1891].” Oswald’s education began in Brussels where his father “was at one time Unites States Minister to Brussels. He subsequently was graduated from Burlington University, Burlington, Iowa. On his mother’s side he was descended from the Carroll family of Maryland. In the Civil War, Mr. Jackson was aide-de-camp on the staff of General Keyes and rose to the rank of major. He began business first in Philadelphia but of late the headquarters of his firm have been in this city [New York]. Mr. Jackson was well known in yachting circles and had owned the Mistral, Iola, and Fenela. He leaves a widow and two children.” A day earlier, the Herald reported that it was assumed Jackson was swept overboard during inclement weather on board ship.

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Envelope and Cabinet Card Image of Oswald Jackson (ca. 1885)

LETTERS

1862

29 January 1862, Washington D. C. (WJ 9317)

13 February 1862, Washington D. C.

16 July 1862, Harrison’s Bar, Va. (WJ 9319)

23 August 1862, Yorktown, Va. (WJ 9320)

21 October 1862, Yorktown, Va.

24 October 1862, Yorktown, Va. (WJ 9321)

26 October 1862, Yorktown, Va. (WJ 9392)

27 October 1862, Yorktown, Va. (WJ 9323)

28 October 1862, Yorktown, Va. (WJ 9322)

1 November 1862, Yorktown, Va. (WJ 9324)

12 November 1862, Boston, Mass.

28 November 1862, Yorktown, Va. (WJ 9325)

30 November 1862, Yorktown, Va. (WJ 9326)

17 December 1862, Fortress Monroe, Va.

21 December 1862, Yorktown, Va.

26 December 1862, Yorktown, Va. (WJ 9359)

1863

8 January 1863, Yorktown, Va. (WJ 9327)

11 January 1863, Yorktown, Va. (WJ 9390)

16 January 1863, Yorktown, Va.

19 January 1863, Yorktown, Va.

24 January 1863, Yorktown, Va. (WJ 9391)

26 January 1863, Yorktown, Va. (WJ 9328)

1 February 1863, Yorktown, Va. (WJ 9329)

3 February 1863, Yorktown, Va. (WJ 9360)

6 February 1863, Yorktown, Va. (WJ 9330)

7 February 1863, Yorktown, Va. (WJ 9331)

16 February 1863, Yorktown, Va.

17 February 1863, Yorktown, Va. (WJ 9332)

18 February 1863, Yorktown, Va. (WJ 9333)

20 February 1863, Yorktown, Va. (WJ 9334)

21 February 1863, Yorktown, Va. (WJ 9335)

3 March 1863, Yorktown, Va. (WJ 9350)

6 March 1863, Yorktown, Va. (WJ 9361)

8 March 1863, Yorktown, Va.

12 March 1863, Yorktown, Va.

13 March 1863, Yorktown, Va. (WJ 9352)

15 February 1863, Fortress Monroe, Va.

15 March 1863, Yorktown, Va.

16 March 1863, Yorktown, Va.

17 March 1863, Yorktown, Va. (WJ 9353)

19 March 1863, Yorktown, Va. (WJ 9354)

26 March 1863, Yorktown, Va. (WJ 9393)

27 March 1863, Yorktown, Va.

30 March 1863, Yorktown, Va.

31 March 1863, Yorktown, Va. (WJ 9384)

1 April 1863, Yorktown, Va. (WJ 9358)

2 April 1863, Yorktown, Va. (WJ 9357)

20 April 1863, Yorktown, Va. (WJ 9382)

21 April 1863, Yorktown, Va. (WJ 9356)

22 April 1863, Yorktown, Va. (WJ 9389)

23 April 1863, Yorktown, Va. (WJ 9355)

30 April 1863, Yorktown, Va.

1 May 1863, Yorktown, Va.

2 May 1863, Yorktown, Va.

3 May 1863, Yorktown, Va.

4 May 1863, Yorktown, Va.

8 May 1863, Yorktown, Va. (WJ 9338)

8 May 1863, Yorktown, Va. (WJ 9339)

11 May 1863, Yorktown, Va. (WJ 9340)

14 May 1863, Yorktown, Va. (WJ 9341)

19 May 1863, Yorktown, Va. (WJ 9342)

5 June 1863, Yorktown, Va. (WJ 9388)

10 June 1863, Yorktown, Va. (WJ 9343)

23 June 1863, Yorktown, Va. (WJ 9344)

23 June 1863, “Nine Mile” Ordinary, Va. (WJ 9344)

1 July 1863, White House, Va. (WJ 9346)

28 August 1863, Philadelphia, Pa. (WJ 9347)

30 August 1863, Philadelphia, Pa. (WJ 9385)

2 September 1863, Philadelphia, Pa.

6 September 1863, Philadelphia, Pa. (WJ 9349)

8 September 1863, Philadelphia, Pa. (WJ 9348)

10 September 1863, Philadelphia, Pa. (WJ 9361)


 

 

 

 

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