Jacob Thompson, G-71
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N 36° 23.705 W 079° 09.064
17S E 665813 N 4029358
Secretary of Interior, 1857-1861, Confederate secret agent in Canada, U.S. Representative from Mississippi. Birthplace stands 100 yds. southeast.
Waymark Code: WM1REV
Location: North Carolina, United States
Date Posted: 07/01/2007
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member drmellow
Views: 57

Text on marker:

Jacob Thompson

Secretary of Interior, 1857-1861, Confederate secret agent in Canada, U.S. Representative from Mississippi. Birthplace stands 100 yds. southeast.

This historical marker is located on US 158 at Leasburg in Caswell County. It was erected in 1959.

The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources has an essay on Jacob Thompson, from which the following is excerpted:

Jacob Thompson played a little remembered role in the Civil War. Appointed a Confederate ambassador to Canada, he operated a spy network and helped orchestrate several failed schemes to attack the United States from across the Great Lakes....

Thompson entered the Confederate army, and although never formally a member of any regiment, he accepted a commission as a lieutenant colonel and operated as an aide-de-camp, first to Gen. Pierre Beauregard at the Battle of Shiloh and then as inspector general for Lt. Gen. John C. Pemberton during the Vicksburg Campaign. He also became the inspiration for one Confederate unit, Company K, 19th Mississippi Infantry, known as the “Jake Thompson Guards”.

Elected to the Mississippi legislature in 1863, he was sent the following year to Canada by the Confederate government as a secret agent. He cooperated with the “Sons of Liberty,” a organization of Copperheads in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois sympathetic to the South in an effort to release Confederate prisoners held near the Great Lakes. Thompson also encouraged a plan to burn several northern cities including New York. He was charged with complicity in Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in 1865, and after the war lived in Canada and Europe.

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Marker Name: G-71: Jacob Thompson

Marker Type: Roadside

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