John Robert Jones(1827 - 1901)
Home State: Virginia
Command Billet: Commanding Division
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: Jackson's Division
see his Battle Report
Before the Antietam Campaign:
Graduated from the Virginia Military Institute on July 4, 1848; 7th in a class of 24 graduates. Before the War he taught school in Florida and was Principal of a military school in Urbanna, Maryland.
He was Lt. Col., 33rd Virginia Infantry Regiment; appointed Brigadier General in 1862 (but was never confirmed?); commanded the 2nd Brigade under Jackson at Cold Harbor and Malvern Hill.
In the Antietam Campaign:
At Antietam he was in command of Jackson's Division, which was engaged in capture of Harpers Ferry and saw combat in the vicinity of the Cornfield. Jones was wounded: "stunned by an artillery shell" and left the field. He was relieved by Gen Starke, who was killed in action.
The remainder of the War:
He was accused of cowardice by subordinates for his actions at Antietam and later at Chancellorsville - he was removed from Brigade command in the Army reorganization of May 1863 and never resumed command. He was captured by Union troops in Smithburg, Maryland, on July 4, 1863 and never exchanged; imprisoned at Fort Warren, Mass, until end of war.
After the War:
Businessman and commissioner in chancery for circuit court in Harrisonburg, VA
More on the Web:
See a Capsule Bio from VMI.
|Birth Date: 3/12/1827 Place of Birth: Harrisonburg, VA |
College: VMI Graduating Year: 1848
Death Date: 4/1/1901 Death Place: Harrisonburg, VA
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