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Jackson Family Correspondence

Identifier: MSN/CW 5067

Scope and Content Note

Nineteen of the letters in the group predate the Civil War. Many of these were written to Archibald Jackson by relatives who had settled outside Moore County. Of the forty wartime letters in the collection, eleven were written by Archibald Jackson during his time in the army; ten more were written by Burgess or Gorry Jackson during their own periods of service. These were mainly directed home to Moore County, most notably to two of the Jacksons' sisters, Dicy Ann and Effie Jane. Most of Archibald Jackson's letters were written from December 1862 to April 1864, from camps in Virginia, when the 30th North Carolina was attached to the Army of Northern Virginia. Many of Burgess Jackson's were written from hospitals in Richmond. The collection also includes wartime letters to the Jacksons from a number of other individuals, including at least eight Confederate States soldiers, most of them residents of Moore County serving in Co. H, 30th North Carolina Infantry; Co. I, 2nd North Carolina Cavalry; or Co. H, 26th North Carolina Infantry. Also present are a small wartime commonplace book kept by Effie Jackson, and four family photographs.


  • 1852-ca.1866



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Biographical Note

The central figures in the correspondence are five sons and daughters of James C. Jackson (ca.1816-1862), a farmer with a small parcel of land near Pocket, Moore County (later Lee County), North Carolina, in the eastern Piedmont. These siblings are:

1. Archibald A. Jackson (1835-1864), identified in the 1860 Federal census as a turpentine distiller living near Crain's Creek in Moore County. Served in Co. H, 30th North Carolina Infantry from 1861 to May 1864, rising to 2nd lieutenant. Died of wounds inflicted at Spotsylvania, 19 May 1864.

2. Dicy Ann Jackson (b. 1837), m. Cpl. William S. Caveness, Co I, 2nd North Carolina Cavalry 21 April 1864.

3. Burgess C. Jackson (1839-1864), m. M. M. Bethune 1861; served in Co. H, 30th North Carolina Infantry May 1862 to May 1864; killed at Spotsylvania 12 May 1864.

4. Effie Jane Jackson (b. 1841), m. Duncan Murchison McLeod (formerly Co. H, 26th North Carolina Infantry) 17 January 1866.

5. Gorrel ("Gorry") Jackson (b. 1845), served in Co. I, 2nd North Carolina Cavalry from April 1864.

The North Carolina families represented in the correspondence are almost exclusively Scottish-American, descendents of the Highland Scots who settled the Upper Cape Fear Valley from the mid-eighteenth century. Spelling in the letters is often idiosyncratic, and the prose formulaic.


1 container plus 1 photograph container; (1 linear foot)

Language of Materials



A group of around 60 manuscript personal letters, almost all written by and/or to members of the Jackson family of Moore County, North Carolina before and during the Civil War. The collection includes letters of eleven Confederate States soldiers, serving in the 26th or 30th North Carolina Infantry or the 2nd North Carolina Cavalry.

Arrangement Note

The letters in the collection are sequenced first, and are arranged chronologically, one item per folder (folders 1 to 59). Miscellaneous materials follow (folders 60 to 66).

Acquisition and Processing Note

The Jackson Family Correspondence was purchased by the Hesburgh Libraries from Bloomsbury Auctions, New York (lot 122, auction of 9 April 2008: "The Civil War featuring the collection of Douglas O'Dell, late proprietor of Chapel Hill Rare Books"). A previous owner of the collection was Dr. Mary Margaret McLeod (1910-1999), descendent of the Duncan McLeod who married Effie Jane Jackson in 1866. Acquisition funded by Robert and Beverly O'Grady. Arranged and described by George Rugg, 2010. Finding aid by Mairead O'Malley and George Rugg, 2012/2015.
Jackson Family Correspondence
Mairead O'Malley
March 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Notre Dame Rare Books & Special Collections Repository

102 Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame IN 46556