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Dennis M. Jackson
4th New Hampshire Volunteers - Company E

Created Nov-2009

Dennis M. Jackson was born about 1841, probably in Vermont, the son of Peter Taksus of Odanak Reserve in Quebec. Dennis is the younger brother of Sarah Anne (Jackson) Somers, known to locals as "Aunt Sarah", an Abenaki healing woman. A descendant, Trudy Ann Parker, has written a wonderful novel about Aunt Sarah and her family.

Dennis married Selina Rivers on 21-Nov-1864 at Newport VT. Dennis enlisted a month after his marriage. He describes himself as a wood chopper. Census records for 1870, 1880, and 1900 have been located and in all, he is clearly documented as Indian and a day laborer. As a young man, Dennis may have traveled with a circus.

The signiture of Dennis Jackson

Dennis files for and receives a pension in 1880. He describes his disability as follows; "In the month of May 1865 at Raleigh NC from exposure I contracted the chronic diarrhea & piles & was treated by regt surgeon & was sent to Davids Island NY June 30 1865 & remained until July 7, 1865 when i went home & was unable to return."

Dennis and Selina had four children born between 1866 and 1873. Dennis died 28-Feb-1901 at Lunenburg, VT at the age of 59. His wife survived him.

  • Enlistment: 19-Dec-1864 to 7-Jul-1865