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This Day in Georgia History

February 08, 1828

John K. Jackson Born

Lawyer and Confederate general John K. Jackson was born in Augusta, Ga. Before the Civil War, he practiced law and served in the state militia. In May 1861, he became a colonel in the 5th Georgia. Jackson was promoted to brigadier general in Feb. 1862, subsequently serving as a brigade commander at the battles of Shiloh, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, and Missionary Ridge. Jackson was initially involved in the Atlanta Campaign, but was made commander of the District of Florida and was responsible for the defense of Savannah. After the war, he returned briefly to the practice of law before dying on Feb. 27, 1866 in Milledgeville.