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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1846

Vol. II

(Born S. C.)

David R. Jones

(Ap'd Ga.)


David Rumph Jones: Born Apr. 5, 1825.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1842, to July 1, 1846, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 2d Infantry, July 1, 1846.

Served: in the War with Mexico, 1846‑48, being engaged in the Siege

(Second Lieut., 2d Infantry, Nov. 23, 1846)

of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — Battle of Cerro Gordo, Apr. 17‑18, 1847, — Skirmish of Ocalaca, Aug. 16, 1847, — Battle of Contreras,

(Bvt. First Lieut., Aug. 20, 1847, for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct
in the Battles of Contreras and Churubusco, Mex.)

Aug. 19‑20, 1847, — Battle of Churubusco, Aug. 20, 1847, — Battle of Molino del Rey, Sep. 8, 1847, — and Assault and Capture of the City of Mexico, Sep. 13‑14, 1847; as Adjutant 2d Infantry, Apr. 15, 1847, to Dec. 29, 1848; in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1848, — and Ft. Hamilton, N. Y., 1848; on voyage to California, 1848‑49; on frontier duty at Benicia, Cal., 1849‑50, — Monterey, Cal., 1850, — San Miguel, Cal.,

(First Lieut., 2d Infantry, May 7, 1849, to Mar. 3, 1855)

1850, — and Benicia, Cal., 1850‑51; at the Military Academy, as Asst. Instructor of Infantry Tactics, Sep. 15, 1851, to Jan. 17, 1853; as Asst.

(Bvt. Captain, Staff — Asst. Adjutant-General, Mar. 16, 1853)

Adjutant-General of Western Division at East Pascagoula, Mis., May 23 to Aug. 6, 1853, — and of the Pacific Department, Nov. 11, 1853, to July 5, 1854; as Acting Judge Advocate of the Pacific Department, July 5, 1854, to Feb. 13, 1858; and as Asst. Adjutant-General of the Department of the West at St. Louis, Mo., Feb. 13 to Sep. 16, 1858, and from Mar. 26, 1859, to Feb. 15, 1861.

Resigned, Feb. 15, 1861.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States.​a

Died June 16,​b 1863, at Richmond, Va.: Aged 39.

Buried, Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA.

Thayer's Notes:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record: according to the Southern Historical Society Papers he was promoted to Major-General on Oct. 11, 1862, and commanded a division in Longstreet's Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia.

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b His tombstone (q.v.) reads Jan. 20, although it dates from 1921 and is thus not contemporaneous with his burial. Other dates seen are Jan. 19 (S. H. S. P.), Jan. 15, and Jan. 16. I suspect the Register is in error, misreading "Jan." for "Jun." in some source text. Note also that what may be his original tombstone, immediately adjacent to the modern one, seems to give a birthdate in December (year not visible in the photograph, and it may be someone else's stone altogether).

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