Robert Harris Jones(1828 - 1897)
Home State: Georgia
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 22nd Georgia Infantry
Before the Antietam Campaign:
Born in South Carolina, he spent his youth in Alabama, and began in business as a carriage maker, first at Oak Bower (1851), then Cartersville (1853), Georgia.
In August 1861, at Silver Creek (near Rome), Georgia, he formed a company of troops known as the Fireside Defenders, and was their Captain. When the company was mustered into service as Company G, 22nd Georgia Infantry, Jones was elected Colonel of the Regiment. He was in command and wounded at Seven Pines, in action in the Seven Days, wounded again at Malvern Hill.
In the Antietam Campaign:
He was shot in the stomach and right lung in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September.
The remainder of the War:
He resigned his commission on 22 April 1863 because of disability from wounds.
After the War:
He was active in Veterans and civic groups, a Methodist preacher, and buggy maker in Cartersville, Georgia.
References, Sources, and other notes:
Sources: Fireside Defenders - Co. G, 22nd Georgia Infantry - a brief history exhibit online from the SCV Camp 469 with details from GGGrandson John H Cobb, Jr;
The 22nd Georgia web page of Bill Cherepy - with documents, rosters, and many other details about the Jones brothers and the regiment; and
Jones family Genealogical data (gedcom) online [gone 2/2006] at RootsWeb by Lester G. Jones - written by Bill Cherepy from sources documented below the data.
The photo above is courtesy of Bill Cherepy, and was also published in Military Images magazine, January/February 1986.
|Birth Date: 9/22/1828 Place of Birth: Abbeville, SC |
Death Date: 9/1/1897 Death Place: Cartersville, GA Burial Place: Oak Hill Cemetery, Cartersville, GA
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