(1830 - 1900)
Home State: Mississippi
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 2nd Mississippi Infantry
"As a young man, he studied seriously and taught school, apparently in Tennessee. In 1855 John Stone moved to Eastport (Tishomingo Co.), Mississippi, where he worked in business. When the Memphis & Charleston railroad was completed, he accepted the position of station agent at Iuka, a post which he filled until his enlistment in the Confederate army in April 1861."
Originally Captain, Company K, he was elected Colonel of the 2nd Mississippi Infantry on 23 April 1862.
On the Campaign
He was wounded at Sharpsburg on 17 September, as were Lieutenant Colonel David Humphreys and Major John Blair - all the Regiment's field officers. They were relieved in command by Lt Moody.
The rest of the War
He was again wounded in action at Gettysburg on 1 July 1863. He was in command of Davis' Brigade at the Wilderness in 1864. He returned to Mississippi to gather stragglers in January 1865, but was captured in North Carolina 12 April 1865 while returning from that mission. He was imprisoned at Johnson's Island, Ohio, and released on taking the oath 25 July 1865.
After the War
He was elected mayor and treasurer of Tishomingo Coounty, and in 1869 and 1873 to terms in the state senate. "When Governor Ames resigned in 1876, John M. Stone, as President Pro Tempore of the Mississippi Senate, succeeded to the governorship. Stone was elected to the governorship in 1877 by a large popular vote. Defeated by Robert Lowery in 1882, Stone was again a candidate for governor in 1889 and served in the office from 1890 to 1896 because of the revision of Mississippi's constitution."
References & notes
Service information from service record data compiled by Maj. Michael R. Brasher and posted on his superb website [gone 2015] and background material online about an 1891 Stone letter, now in the Manuscript Collection of the University of Southern Mississippi (USM).
More on the Web
See more about Stone, with a portrait of him as Governor, from an article in Mississippi History Now from the Mississippi Historical Society.
4/30/1830; Milan, TN
3/26/1900 Holly Springs, MS; burial in Oak Grove Cemetery, Iuka, MS