Jesse was a Civil War Veteran and was a prison guard for the Confederate Army at Andersonville Prison also known as Camp Sumter. 57th GA Infantry
The 12th Alabama Cavalry Regiment was made up of men from Blount, Cherokee, Dekalb, Etowah, Jackson, Jefferson, Marshall and St Clair counties. It fought at Murphreesboro and Chickamauga and through Longstreet’s East Tennessee Campaign. The regiment was involved in numerous encounters around Dalton, Georgia. One of it’s companies lost 20 killed and wounded while defending a bridge near Rome. It lost 25 or 30 men in a fight with Union General Stoneman’s raiders. At Campbellsville the 12th repulsed Brownlow’s Brigade losing 45 men. It disbanded the night before the surrender with about 125 men present.