The last direct link to an important period in Cecil County’s past was lost when 93-year-old Henry Jackson died at his home outside Perryville on a cold November day in 1939. As a teenager he ran away from home to serve in the Civil War, enlisting in the Union Army for three years with Snow’s Battery. After surviving the horror of Antietam and other engagements, he was discharged in 1864.
During a long life, the soldier who was growing old watched the ranks of his comrades, men who knew the madness of that time, thin. By the early 1930s, there were just a few old soldiers around Cecil who recalled frightened, brave boys in blue hastily forming ranks to march into harms way. The first-hand memories of those years, a time that called for the best from comrades, were rapidly fading as were the sad thoughts about comrades that fell on bloody, distant battlefields. Seventy five years after the bloody war staggered to a close, Private Jackson was laid to rest, the last local survivor of that unforgettable time.
This information comes from the Mahoney Civil War Inventory of county soldiers and the newspaper files at the Historical Society. In the 1960s, the Mahoney file established a register of men from Cecil County who fought in the war.