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A. S. Williams III Americana Manuscript Collections

Guide to the Thomas K. Jackson journals W.0021

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

September 2013

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-11-15T15:08-0600

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Thomas K. Jackson journals

Unit ID:

W.0021

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.3 Linear feet

Dates:

1866-1873

Location:

The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library, The University of Alabama

Abstract:

Four journals documenting the daily life of Thomas K. Jackson.

creator

Jackson, Thomas K., active 1871

creator

Williams, A. S., III

Access Restrictions:

None

Acquisition Information:

Gift of A. S. Williams III, 2010

Preferred Citation:

Thomas K. Jackson journals, The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Scope and Contents note

This collection includes four journals documenting the daily life of Thomas K. Jackson. Two small notebooks, each thirty-six pages long, include entries from 1868 and 1869. The first journal includes entries from June to December 1868, while the second documents events between February to April 1869. Two larger journals, approximately 100 pages each, consist of entries from 1866; the first notebook includes entries from January to May, while the second covers the period between June and December. Entries include financial notes, descriptions of the weather, and comments on church services. Jackson also records family news, discussing his relationship with his wife, the development of his young child, and the health of other family members. The collection also includes a red satin ribbon bookmark which reads, "spring meeting 1873," and a small cross stitch piece reading "think of me."

General note

Title on phase box spine: Major Thomas K. Jackson's Journals & Accounts

Processing Information:

Processed by

Haley Aaron and Martha Bace, 2013

Biographical/Historical note

Thomas K. Jackson was born on December 12, 1824, in Abbeville, South Carolina. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1848. After leaving West Point, Jackson began his military career as a member of the Fourth Regiment, U.S. Artillery and the Fifth U.S. Infantry, serving in Texas and New Mexico. In 1857, he returned to West Point to serve as an instructor. In April 1861, Jackson resigned his position in the U.S. Army to join the Confederate Army, where he accepted a post as the commissary of subsistence serving under General Albert Sidney Johnston. In 1863, he married Lucy Reavis, daughter of Alabama lawyer Turner Reavis. The couple had five children: Reavis, Mary, Thomas M., Temple, and Lucy R. Thomas K. Jackson settled in Gainesville, Alabama, in 1866, where he worked as a cotton planter. Jackson died on August 5, 1902 in Gainesville.

Source(s)

Williams, A. S., III (local)

Alabama (localbroad)

Daily Life and Family (localbroad)

Diaries (aat)

Journals (accounts) (aat)

Journal, January to May 1866 Item 1 Box W0021.01

Journal, June to December 1866 Item 2 Box W0021.01

Journal, June to December 1868 Item 3 Box W0021.01

Journal, February to April 1869 Item 4 Box W0021.01

Bookmark and cross-stitch piece Item 5 Box W0021.01