|Sgt. Russell Crawford Mitchell (left) and his granddaughter Margaret Mitchell (right)|
Actor Jimmy Stewart's grandfather, Samuel McCartney Jackson, grew up in Apollo, Pennsylvania and joined the state militia as 12-year-old drummer boy. In August 1861, Jackson was commissioned Captain of Company G, 11th Pennsylvania Reserves. He quickly rose to lieutenant colonel of the regiment by October and commanded the 11th Pennsylvania Reserves at Antietam.(2)
|Lt. Col. Samuel McCartney Jackson (left) and his grandson Jimmy Stewart (right)|
|The 7:20 a.m. Carman-Cope map shows the 1st Texas facing off directly against|
the 11th Pennsylvania Reserves.
On the other side of the field, Lt. Col. Jackson survived. In his diary entry of September 17, 1862, Jackson succinctly penned, "Terrific fighting... Our little Regiment badly cut up."(4) After the war, Jackson became a member of Pennsylvania's legislature and state senate. He died not long after Sgt. Mitchell, breathing his last in 1906.(5) Jimmy Stewart was born two years after the death of his grandfather but it is possible he grew up listening to the stories of Samuel M. Jackson during the Civil War.
It is interesting to think that the Civil War ancestors of Margaret Mitchell when she wrote her book that soon became a national hit on the silver screen and Jimmy Stewart when he portrayed Charlie Anderson in Shenandoah influenced their grandchildren in their roles of shaping popular perceptions of the Civil War.
1. Owen, McBride, and Allport, Texans at Antietam, 47-49.
2. Carman, Clemens ed., The Maryland Campaign of September 1862, vol. 3, 239.
3. Owen, McBride, and Allport, Texans at Antietam, 49-51.
4. Jackson, Diary of General S. M. Jackson for the year 1862, 47.
5. Carman, Clemens ed., The Maryland Campaign of September 1862, vol. 3, 239.