This collection includes correspondence and miscellaneous documents of the Jackson family from the 1840s to 1870s. The Jackson family resided in Georgetown, Illinois. Arthur Jackson was a Methodist minister and his three sons served in the Illinois Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. Theodore served in Company A, 79th Ill. Vol. Inf., and Alonzo and Edgar served in Company A, 25th Ill. Vol. Inf.
This collection contains ten letters, of which seven are Civil War letters written by the Jackson brothers and cousins in the Union Army to Mary Elizabeth, in which they describe camp life and several campaigns. The remaining three letters discuss religious and daily life in Georgetown, Illinois between family members.
Additional items include family records, including a Jackson Family Record Sheet of births, deaths, and marriages between 1836 and 1863, an envelope, and an army discharge document for cousin Sylvester Cook.
This collection was donated by B. F. Henderson in March 1974.