"I was born near New Market, Virginia in 1832 of German Ancestors who had moved to Virginia from Pennsylvania. My ancestors were strong and lived to a good old age. My grandfather died between the plow handles at the age 104. My father moved to Kanawha County, Virginia, when I was 16 and then to Henry County, Missouri in 1851. Before leaving Virginia I was married to Mary E. Halley. After coming to Missouri I worked part of the time on a farm and part of the time doing carpenter work. "In 1862 I enlisted in the first Iowa cavalry. The reason why I enlisted in an Iowa regiment is that this regiment at this time was in camp at Clinton, the county seat of Henry County. Our regiment spent most of the time in Missouri, Arkansas and Mississippi. In the fall of 1862 my battalion of our regiment and the 8th Indiana infantry spent two or three months at Forsyth. We were in no battles in Taney County, but just before we came, General Curtis riddled the courthouse with cannon balls. "While I was at Forsyth I met Alf Bolin, the desperado, who killed so many people. He used to stay in the neighborhood of Murder Rocks, on the old Harrison Road. "I was in 114 different engagements, some of them, of course, only small skirmishes. The battle of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, was our most severe engagement. The Camden, Arkansas, campaign was the most trying. This campaign lasted 42 days and there was fighting 30 of those days. The saddles were not off our horses for seven days, and we had nothing to eat for four days and nights." Here we interrupted him and asked what office he held. His reply was "I went in as a private and came out a high corporal." "When the war closed we were mustered out at Davenport, Iowa, and I went back to Clinton, where I remained until 1869, when I came to Taney County, and settled near here on the farm where my son Charles now lives." Ambrose was the son of William S. and Ruth A. Nicholson-Breeding (sic). He and Mary were the parents of eight children: William S., Melissa G., James H., Nancy A., Ambrose Jackson, Jr., Mary Jane, Jorden M., and Charles F.