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Confederate (CSV)


William B. Jones

Home State: Virginia

Education: William & Mary College, Class of 1847

Command Billet: Battery Commander

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: Jones' Peninsula (VA) Battery

Before Sharpsburg

The Warwick County clerk of court, he was commissioned First Lieutenant, Company I of the 32nd Virginia Infantry on 18 May 1861; they became the Peninsula Artillery. On 5 April 1862, in action at Lee's Mills on the Warwick River, he gained the nickname "Hell Cat Billy" for the volume of fire from his guns. He was promoted to Captain on 9 June 1862.

On the Campaign

He commanded the battery in Maryland.

The rest of the War

His battery was disbanded in November 1862 and he later served as an engineering officer on General Edmund Kirby's staff. He took the oath of allegiance at Shreveport, LA on 7 June 1865.

After the War

He returned to Newport News and was again Clerk until 1869, when he was removed by the military authorities.

References & notes

His service from Clemens.1 His graduation from William & Mary from Sean Michael Heuvel's master's thesis The Old College Goes to War : the Civil War experiences of William and Mary students, faculty, and alumni (2006). His nickname at Lee's Mills from A deadly surprise on the Peninsula by Mark St. John Erickson in the Daily Press of 29 April 2013. His 1869 removal as Clerk of the Court is from the Richmond Daily Dispatch of 16 February 1869.


1   Carman, Ezra Ayers, and Dr. Thomas G. Clemens, editor, The Maryland Campaign of September 1862, 3 volumes, El Dorado Hills (CA): Savas Beatie, 2010-17, Vol. 3, pg. 243  [AotW citation 25832]