(1843 - 1863)
Home State: Georgia
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 26th Georgia Infantry
In 1860 he was an 18 year old farmer living with his older brother Jim and other orphaned siblings at Blackshear in Pierce County, GA. He enlisted at Brunswick, GA as a Private in the Wiregrass Minutemen, Company L (originally M), of the 13th Georgia Infantry on 16 August 1861. The regiment was reorganized as the 26th Georgia Infantry on 10 May 1862, and he became a member of the renamed Company E on that date.
On the Campaign
He was wounded in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He was wounded again, mortally, by a gunshot at Winchester, VA on 13 or 14 June 1863, and died of wounds at the CS General Hospital in Staunton, VA on 9 July 1863.
References & notes
His service from Henderson1 and his Compiled Service Record,2 online via fold3. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860. His gravesite is on Findagrave
He married Rebecca Jane Young (1842-1928) in April 1861 and they had two sons - Jesse Jr. (b. 1860) and Jefferson Davis Jones (1862-1916).
His brother Jim was also wounded in action at Sharpsburg.
04/23/1843; Brantley, GA
07/09/1863; Staunton, VA; burial in Thornrose Cemetery, Staunton, VA
1 Henderson, Lilian, compiler, Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of Georgia, 1861-1865, 6 vols., Hapeville (GA): Longino & Porter, 1959-1964, Vol. 3, pg.. 268 [AotW citation 29860]
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 29861]