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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1848

Vol. II

(Born Va.)

William E. Jones

(Ap'd Va.)


Born May 9, 1824, Washington Co., VA.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1844, to July 1, 1848, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., Mounted Rifles, July 1, 1848.

Served: in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1848‑49; on frontier duty at Ft. Leavenworth (Camp Sumner), Kan., 1849, — March to  p350 Oregon, 1849, — Oregon City, 1849‑50, — Astoria, Or., 1850, — and Ft.

(Second Lieut., Mounted Rifles, Nov. 30, 1850)

Vancouver, Wash., 1850‑51; in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1851; on frontier duty at Ft. Merrill, Tex., 1852, — Ft. Ewell, Tex., 1852, — Ft. Merrill, Tex., 1852‑53, — Ft. Ewell, Tex., 1853, — Ringgold Barracks, Tex., 1853, — escorting Commanding General of Department of Texas, 1853‑54, — Quartermaster duty, 1854, — purchasing horses,

(First Lieut., Mounted Rifles, Oct. 31, 1854)

1855, — and Ft. Duncan, Tex., 1855; on Recruiting service, 1856; on frontier duty at Ft. Bliss, Tex., 1856; and on leave of absence, 1856‑57.

Resigned, Jan. 26, 1857.

Civil History. — Farmer, near Glade Spring Depot, Va., 1858‑61. Degree of A. M. conferred by Emory and Henry College, Va., 1847.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States,​a and was

Killed, June 5, 1864, at Mount Crawford, Va.: Aged 40.

Buried, Glade Spring Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Glade Spring, VA.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record: according to the Southern Historical Society Papers he was appointed Brig.‑General on Sep. 19, 1862, and commanded a Cavalry Brigade in the Army of Northern Virginia, then the "Valley District", then cavalry again in 1863, in Southwest Virginia and East Tennessee. See also the Find-a‑Grave page linked to above for further, interesting and more detailed information.

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