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B.D. Jones

B.D. Jones

Federal (USV)


Benjamin Dunn Jones

(1840 - 1875)

Home State: Rhode Island

Education: Kenyon College, Brown University

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 4th Rhode Island Infantry

Before Antietam

From Providence, he was a student at Brown University (Class of 1864) when he enlisted on 5 September 1861 as Corporal in Company A, 4th Rhode Island Infantry. Promoted to Sergeant, date not given.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action on 17 September 1862 at Antietam.

The rest of the War

9 February 1864 he was discharged to accept a commission as 2nd Lieutenant, 11th United States Colored Heavy Artillery. He served as 2nd Lieutenant, Company I, 14th Rhode Island Heavy Artillery (Colored) to date from 5 December 1863. He was acting adjutant, 3rd Battalion 10 January to 6 June 1865, then AAG and acting adjutant, Camp Parapet, LA, near New Orleans. He mustered out on 2 October 1865.

After the War

He moved to Omaha, Nebraska and was in business there until his death at about age 35.

References & notes

Basic information from Dyer1. Details from the roster and a bio sketch in William H. Chenery's The Fourteenth Regiment Rhode Island Heavy Artillery (Colored) in the War ... (1898), also source of his photograph.


05/31/1840; Providence, RI


05/05/1875; Omaha, NE; burial in Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, RI


1   Dyer, Elisha, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations for the Year 1865 (corrected), 2 Volumes, Providence: E.L. Freeman & Son, 1893, Vol. 1, pp. 277 - 286  [AotW citation 14064]