Jackson, Giles Beecher
- Patricia Carter Sluby
attorney, businessman, civic leader, and a confidant of U.S. presidents and of Booker T. Washington, was born Giles in Goochland County, Virginia, one of four children of the slaves Hulda and James Jackson. Little information is known about Giles's father; however, his mother was born into slavery in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, and later became the property of Charles G. Dickerson, a Goochland County gentleman farmer. During the Civil War young Giles was the body servant to Dickerson, his master and a colonel in Fitz Lee's Cavalry, and he also attended the horses and uniforms of General Robert E. Lee. He followed his master into battle, which led to his being captured near the end of the war. Jackson recounted his story in an issue of the New York World in 1915 Seized by Union troops in Caroline County and again at City ...
A version of this article originally appeared in African American National Biography.