1st Lieutenant – Jackson Via – Company B

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Jackson Via was born in Franklin County Virginia about 1829, son of Anderson and Jane (Vest), they had 11 children. Anderson was Born March 15, 1799 and Died August 25, 1874 in Franklin Co. He married Jane Vest on April 29, 1824 in Franklin Co., daughter of Littleberry Vest and Polly Moor.

Little is known at this time about Jackson’s early life.

Jackson was a school teacher in Boone County, VA;  In May 1861 Jackson was commissioned as a 2nd Lt in Company D (1st), 36th Virginia Infantry in Peytona, Boone County, Va.; age of 32. Company D (2nd) was reorganized on May 27, 1862 and re-designated as Company B.

Jackson Via was promoted to the rank of 1st Lieutenant. He served throughout the war, he solely commanded company B, in early 1864 when Captain McSherry was captured in Boone Co. 1st Lt. Via lead his company until he himself was captured at Waynesboro, Va on March 2, 1865 and was sent to Fort Delaware. He was released on June 17th, 1865. He had grey eyes, dark hair, and was 5’8″ tall. Jackson entered the Camp Lee soldier’s home in Richmond Virginia on March 28, 1886. Jackson had a disability with his legs as he called them “Paralyzed”. Jackson at the age of 56 stayed for a short time, only to check himself out of the Soldiers home, for no known reason. Nothing else is known about his where about afterwards.

He had a Brother named Stephen “Sparrel” who served also with him in Company B. Sparrel (as he was known as) was born in 1828, enlisted in Franklin Co., on November 10th, 1863. He served throughout the remainder of the war, and married Mary Cochran. Sparrel died of dropsy on June 10th, 1888 in Patrick Co, Va.

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