Jackson Sargent

Jackson George Sargent (1842–1921) was a United States color-sergeant who fought with the Union Army as a member of Company K of the 5th Vermont Infantry during the American Civil War. He received his nation's highest award for bravery during combat, the U.S. Medal of Honor, for planting the American flag on a Confederate fort at Petersburg, Virginia on April 2, 1865.[1][2]

Jackson G. Sargent
Born(1842-12-29)December 29, 1842
Stowe, Vermont
DiedOctober 2, 1921(1921-10-02) (aged 78)
Stowe, Vermont
Place of burial
Riverbank Cemetery, Stowe, Vermont
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Rank First lieutenant
Unit Company K, 5th Vermont Infantry
Awards Medal of Honor

Formative years

Born on December 29, 1842 in Stowe, Vermont,[3] Jackson George Sargent was a son of Jeremiah Sargent (1814–1888) and Sophronia P. (Robinson) Sargent (1814-1886).

He was reared and educated in Stowe, where he resided with his parents and siblings: Henry H., Hannah, and Charles Taylor Sargent.

Civil War service

Sargent enlisted as a private in the 5th Vermont Infantry, Company D at Stowe, Vermont in August 1861, and was commissioned as the first lieutenant of Company K of that regiment in May 1865. Engagements during his tenure of service included: the defense of Washington, D.C., Siege of Yorktown (1862), Battle of Williamsburg, Battle of Garnett's and Golding's Farm, Battle of Savage's Station, Maryland Campaign, Battle of Crampton's Gap, Battle of Antietam, Battle of Fredericksburg, Battle of Salem Church, Battle of Gettysburg, Battle of the Wilderess, Battle of Spotsyvlania Court House, Battle of Cold Harbor, Battle of Cedar Creek, Third Battle of Petersburg, and the Battle of Appomattox Court House.[3] He was awarded the U.S. Medal of Honor for his display of gallantry on April 2, 1865, during which he scaled, and placed the American flag on, the parapet of a Confederate fort at Petersburg, Virginia. That award was conferred in October 1891.[4][5]

Post-war life

Following his honorable discharge from the military, Sargent returned home to Vermont, where he wed fellow Vermont native Caroline M. (Harlow) Sargent (1842–1895) sometime around 1867. On July 2, 1868, he and "Carrie" welcomed the birth of their son, Fred (1868–1898).[6] Two years later, federal census takers documented the trio as residents of Stowe.[7] By 1880, Sargent was a farmer residing in Hyde Park, Lamoille County, Vermont with Carrie and their children, Fred, Howard, and Walter Merrill (the latter two of whom were born, respectively, circa 1871, and 1875). Also living with them were laborer Henry Peck and dressmaker Hattie Chatman.[8] Still in Stowe as of 1890, the federal census taker that year confirmed his prior service with the 5th Vermont during the American Civil War.[9]

After being widowed by his first wife in 1895, he was also preceded in death by his son, Fred, who passed away in 1898. Sargent then remarried sometime around the turn of the century, taking New York native Clara H. (Douglass) Sargent (1847–1919) as his bride. Still farming in 1910, he and his second wife, Clara, were empty nesters in Stowe that year.[10] By the time of the federal census taker's arrival in 1920, Sargent was still dairy farming, but now a two-time widower living alone with his 67-year-old housekeeper, Martha Warner.[10]

For many years, Sargent was also an active member of the Grand Army of the Republic (H.H. Smith Post).[11]

Suffering from a shock-related illness, Sargent died at his Maple Street home in Stowe on October 2, 1921, and was laid to rest with military honors at the Riverbank Cemetery, where both of his wives were buried. Funeral services were held at his home prior to that interment. Twenty members of the American Legion's Donald McMahon Post served as the honor guard.[3]

Medal of Honor citation

First to scale the enemy's works and plant the colors thereon.[12]

See also


  1. "CMOHS.org - Sergeant SARGENT, JACKSON, U.S. Army". www.cmohs.org. Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  2. "Death of Jackson Sargent". Morrisville, Vermont: Morrisville Messenger, October 12, 1921.
  3. "Vermont Civil War, Lest We Forget". vermontcivilwar.org. Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  4. "Page 209 Medal of Honor Recipients, 1863-2013 - Fold3". Fold3. Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  5. Bushnell, Mark. "History: A rally around the flag." Rutland, Vermont: Rutland Herald, March 15, 2003.
  6. "Sargent, Fred, George J., and Carrie", in Birth Records (Lamoille County). Montpelier, Vermont: Vital Records, State of Vermont.
  7. "Sargent, Jackson, Carrie M., and Fred", in U.S. Census (Stowe, Lamoille County, Vermont, 1870). Washington, D.C.: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.
  8. "Sargent, Jackson, Carrie M., Fred, Howard, and Walter", et. al., in U.S. Census (Hyde Park, Lamoille County, Vermont, 1880). Washington, D.C.: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.
  9. "Sargent, Jackson", in U.S. Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War (Stowe, Lamoille County, Vermont, 1890). Washington, D.C.: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.
  10. "Sargent, Jackson and Clara", in U.S. Census (Stowe, Lamoille County, Vermont, 1910). U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.
  11. "Death of Jackson Sargent", in Morrisville Messenger, October 12, 1921.
  12. History, U.S. Army Center of Military. "Medal of Honor Recipients - Civil War (S-Z)". history.army.mil. Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  • "Jackson George Sargent" (memorial and gravesite information). Salt Lake City, Utah: Find A Grave, retrieved online August 17, 2018.
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