September 29, 2013

General Samuel M. Jackson Memorial

In Apollo, Pennsylvania

This monument in downtown Apollo honors Civil War General Samuel McCartney Jackson. He was also a statesman and businessman. Here's an excerpt from this monument:
Samuel McCartney Jackson was born upon a farm near Apollo, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, September 24, 1833, and was the son of John and Elizabeth (McCartney) Jackson. At the age of thirteen he joined the local militia as a drummer boy. At the onset of the Civil War this company of infantry known as the Apollo Independent Blues was mustered in as Co. G of the 11th Regiment Pa. Reserves.
S. M. Jackson was chosen to be its captain at which rank he served until July, 1861, when he was promoted to the rank of major. In October of the same year he was promoted to lieutenant-colonel... The principal engagements he participated in were Gaines' Mill, the Second Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Wilderness, Spotsylvania and Bethesda Church...
After the war, Jackson served in the state legislature and later held local offices in Apollo. He was active in the Presbyterian Church and was "the leading spirit in organizing the Apollo Savings Bank." One of his grandchildren was the actor Jimmy Stewart.


  1. didn't know that about jimmy stewart's ancestry.

  2. I didn't know that about Jimmy Stewart's ancestry either. I always learn such interesting things on your blog!

  3. My grandpa, William Thomas Jackson was would take me to Apollo to visit grandma's grave site, and he would go on & on about General Jackson as we stood over her site, looking in the direction of the Gen. Jackson tomb. He loved to tell the story about Jimmy Stewart coming to grandma's funeral and what a wonderful man the actor was. I myself never got to meet him.Grandpa died some years ago and was buried next to my Grandma - Hazel Mona Jackson, and his own parents. The larger part of our family remains in the Canonsburg area to this day - I myself was swept off to Connecticut when my ma remarried... It's a privilege to be descended from such a notable heritage.

    1. Oh, that's interesting! Thanks for telling your story.


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