Samuel McCartney Jackson was born on a farm near Apollo on Sept. 24, 1833. When he was 12, he enrolled as a drummer boy in a company of State militia. For efficient service he was promoted step by step until he obtained a Captain’s commission. When the Civil War broke out, Captain Jackson recruited Company 5, the Apollo Independent Blues of the Eleventh Pennsylvania Reserves. He proved to be a gallant officer, fighting at Second Bull Run, Antietam, and Fredericksburg to name a few.
At Spotsylvania, Jackson commanded his Brigade so well that he was brevetted a Brigadier General. At Gettysburg, General Jackson displayed his keenness of judgment and powers of command by ordering his Regiment forward. They fought the enemy foot by foot across the Valley of Death, regaining the entire field so nearly and irretrievably lost.
After the war, Jackson returned to Apollo, where he was instrumental in organizing the Apollo Savings Bank. His daughter Ruth married Alex M. Stewart of Indiana, PA. General Jackson was actor Jimmy Stewart’s grandfather.
Jackson died on May 8, 1907. He was buried in the old Apollo Cemetery but then re-interred in the Riverview Cemetery in Apollo.