(c. 1835 - 1906)
Home State: Virginia
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 31st Virginia Infantry
In 1860 he was a 25 year old laborer on his family's rented farm at Philippi in Barbour County, VA. He had been a member of the Barbour Light Horse, a local militia Company, before the war, and he enlisted as a Private in Company H, 31st Virginia Infantry on 28 March 1862 at Alleghany Mountain, VA (or as early as 14 May 1861 at Philippi).
On the Campaign
He was wounded in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He was absent due to his wound through November 1862 but was back on duty by February 1863. He may have been wounded again, by August 1864, when he was furloughed, and served to at least December 1864, the last record in his file.
After the War
By 1870 he was back on his family's place in Barbour County, by then in West Virginia.
References & notes
His war service from Ashcraft1 and his Compiled Service Records,2 via fold3. Pre-war militia service from John W. Shaffer's Union and Confederate Soldiers and Sympathizers of Barbour County, West Virginia (2005), thanks to Jordan Carnes. Personal details from family genealogists, at least one of whom has him as Elliott T. Jones, and the US Census of 1860 and 1870, which noted he could not read or write. His memorial is on Findagrave, source also of his picture, from a photograph contributed by Jordan Carnes; the original was shared on Ancestry.com by Mark Jones. Thanks to Ralph Parmenter Bennett for the nudge to look into Private Jones.
His older brother Isaac (b. 1833) was also in Company H, but was killed in action at Bethesda Church, VA on 30 May 1864.
c. 1835; Elkton, VA
1906; Braxton County, WV
1 Ashcraft, Jr., John M., 31st Virginia Infantry, Lynchburg (Va): H. E. Howard, Inc., 1899 [AotW citation 27894]
2 US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, Record Group No. 109 (War Department Collection of Confederate Records), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927 [AotW citation 27895]