Pvt Claremont Jackman
Claremont Jackman name: Jackman, Claremont
Rank: Pvt 
Branch: Union 
Regiment: 12th Independent Battery, Wisconsin Light Artillery
Cemetery: Oakhill Cemetery, Janesville, Rock, Wisconsin 
Service: 8/14/1863 - 6/7/1865
Birth: 11/20/1846 Janesville, Rock, Wisconsin
Death: 1925
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Claremont S Jackman. This gentleman, one of Janesville's prominent and capable financiers, is of English ancestry and Revolutionary stock. The earliest American progenitor of his family emigrated from "Old" to "New" England in early Colonial days, and our subject's great-grandfather served in the patriot army led by Washington, and later in the State militia of Massachusetts. The paternal grandfather of Mr. Jackman, Stillman Jackman, was born in the "Bay State," but removed thence to New Hampshire, where he died at the age of sixty-five years, the father of four children.

Timothy Jackman, the father of Claremont S., was born in the State of New York. He married Marcia M. Smith, whose father, Jesse Smith, was born in Massachusetts, but came west in 1848, locating in the town of Union, Rock Co., Wis., where he cultivated a farm and conducted a general country store until his death, which did not occur until he had reached the extraordinary age of ninety years. Timothy Jackman was a man of fertile brain, endowed with quick perceptive power, and a business capacity which may be said to have been remarkable for his time. He was not only a successful farmer, but also managed a hotel to the satisfaction of his patrons, and engaged in milling and mercantile business. He took up his home in Janesville in 1842, and prospered greatly in all his various ventures. He was one of the organizers of the Rock County (later the Rock County National) Bank, and was president thereof from its formation until the day of his death. He was a Republican, and a member of Janesville's first city council. He died in 1868, in his sixty-ninth year. His widow survived twenty years, passing away in 1888.

Claremont S. Jackman is one of four children born to his parents. He and his brother Clarence N. (a carriage manufacturer of Janesville) survive. Our subject was born in Janesville, Nov. 20, 1846. He attended school, as did other boys of his age and condition, but the breaking out of the war of the Rebellion quickened the course of the blood which he had received from his Revolutionary grandsire, and in 1862, when a mere lad of sixteen years, he enlisted in the 12th Wisconsin Artillery. He fought at Missionary Ridge, and followed Sherman to the sea, participating in the battle of Altoona, and the siege and capture of Savannah. Subsequently he was assigned to duty at the headquarters of Gen. John A. Logan. After being mustered out he returned home, and for a year engaged in the milling business in Janesville. His thirst for change and adventure, however, was not yet slaked, and he spent the next eighteen months in the mines of Montana. Wearying of this life, he once more retraced his steps to Janesville, where he entered the service of the Rock County National Bank, of which he is now president, in the humble, inferior position of a messenger. This was on July 1, 1867. Quick comprehension, close attention to duty and unwavering integrity brought their reward. Step by step he climbed the ladder of promotion, until, after long and faithful service as cashier, he was elevated to the presidency of that important and solid institution; this responsible post he has filled for twelve years. His financial interests in the city are large and important. Besides being a heavy stockholder in various manufacturing and commercial corporations (among them the Janesville Water Works Co.) he has extensive and valuable holdings of real property. Mr. JACKMAN's handsome home was erected about a dozen years ago, at the intersection of Park Place and St. Lawrence street. He is a member of Oriental Lodge, Knights of Pythias, and socially popular. His politics are Republican, and for two years he represented the Third ward in the city council.

On March 10, 1869, Mr. Jackman married Clara Hanchett, her parents being John M. and Julia (Titus) Hanchett. The issue of the marriage has been one son, Frank, who holds the position of assistant cashier in the bank of which his father is president. He married Miss Etta B. Hanchett, and is the father of two children, Frances and Claremont.

Source: Commemorative Biographical Record of the Counties of Rock, Green, Grant, Iowa and Lafayette Wisconsin (c)1901, p. 63.

  12th Independent Battery, Wisconsin Light Artillery1

Organized at St. Louis, Mo., under authority of Governor Harvey, as a Company for the 1st Missouri Light Artillery, to be known as the 12th Wisconsin Battery February and March, 1862. Moved to Hamburg Landing, Tenn., May 6, 1862. Attached to Artillery Division, Army of Mississippi, to September, 1862. Artillery, 3rd Division, Army of Mississippi, to November, 1862. Artillery, 7th Division, Left Wing, 13th Army Corps (Old), Dept. of the Tennessee, to December, 1862. Artillery, 7th Division, 16th Army Corps, to January, 1863. Artillery, 7th Division, 17th Army Corps, to September, 1863. Artillery, 2nd Division, 17th Army Corps, to December, 1863. Artillery, 3rd Division, 15th Army Corps, to September, 1864. Artillery Brigade, 15th Army Corps, to June, 1865.

SERVICE.-Advance on and siege of Corinth, Miss., May 8-30, 1862. Pursuit to Booneville May 31-June 6. At Camp Clear Creek till August. Ordered to Jacinto August 14. Battle of Iuka , Miss., September 19. Battle of Corinth, Miss., October 3-4. Pursuit to Ripley October 5-12. At Corinth till November 8. Grant's Central Mississippi Campaign. Operations on the Mississippi Central Railroad November, 1862, to January, 1863. Duty at Germantown, Tenn., January 4 to February 8, 1863. Moved to Memphis, Tenn., February 8; thence to Grand Lake, Ark. Yazoo Pass Expedition and operations against Fort Pemberton and Greenwood March 13-April 5. Moved to Milliken's Bend, La., April 16. Movement on Bruinsburg and turning Grand Gulf April 25-30. Battle of Port Gibson , Miss., May 1 (Reserve). Battles of Raymond May 12. Jackson May 14. Champion's Hill May 16. Siege of Vicksburg , Miss., May 18-July 4. Assaults on Vicksburg May 19 and 22. Surrender of Vicksburg July 4. Duty at Vicksburg till September. Moved to Helena, Ark., September 12; thence to Memphis, Tenn., September 27. March to Chattanooga, Tenn., October 6-November 20. Operations on Memphis & Charleston Railroad in Alabama October 20-29. Chattanooga-Ringgold Campaign November 23-27. Tunnel Hill November 24-25. Mission Ridge November 25. Duty at Bridgeport, Ala., till December 22; at Larkinsville till January 7, 1864, and at Huntsville, Ala., till June 22. March to Kingston, Ga., June 22-30, and duty there till July 13. Moved to Allatoona, Ga., July 13, and duty there till November 12. Repulse of French's attack on Allatoona October 6. Reconnoissance from Rome on Cave Springs Road and skirmishes October 12-13. March to the sea November 15-December 10. Siege of Savannah December 10-21. Campaign of the Carolinas January to April, 1865. Combahee River, S. C., January 28. Hickory Hill February 1. South Edisto River February 9. North Edisto River February 12-13. Congaree Creek February 15. Columbia February 16-17. Battle of Bentonville, N. C., March 19-21. Near Falling Creek March 20. Mill Creek March 22. Occupation of Goldsboro March 24. Advance on Raleigh April 10-14. Occupation of Raleigh April 14. Bennett's House April 26. Surrender of Johnston and his army. March to Washington, D. C., via Richmond, Va., April 29-May 20. Grand Review May 24. Mustered out June 26, 1865.

Battery lost during service 1 Officer and 10 Enlisted men killed and mortaily wounded and 23 Enlisted men by disease. Total 34.

1 Source: National Park Service, Soldiers and Sailors System; "A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion" by Frederick H. Dyer,Cosmas; An Army for Empire : The United States Army in the Spanish American War by A. Graham, (Shippensburg, PA: White Mane Publishing Co., 1993).

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