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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1835

Vol. I

(Born Ala.)

Jones M. Withers

(Ap'd Ala.)


Jones Mitchell Withers: Born Jan. 12, 1814, Huntsville, AL.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1831, to July 1, 1835, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 1st Dragoons, July 1, 1835.

On graduation leave of absence, July 1, 1835, to Dec. 5, 1835.

Resigned, Dec. 5, 1835.

Civil History. — Aide-de‑Camp to Major-General Patterson, Alabama Volunteers, serving against the Creek Indians, 1836. Counselor at Law, Tuscaloosa, Ala., 1837‑40. Secretary of the Senate of the State of Alabama, 1838‑39. Attorney of Alabama for the State Branch Bank at Mobile, 1841‑42. Captain, Alabama Militia, 1838‑39, and 1841‑46. Colonel, 1st Alabama Volunteers, raised for Mexican War, June 5, 1846, but disbanded soon after being mustered into service. Cotton Factor and Commission Merchant, Mobile, Ala., 1841‑46.

Military History. — Re-appointed in the U. S. Army with the rank of

Lieut.‑Colonel, 13th Infantry, Apr. 9, 1847.

Colonel, 9th Infantry, Sep. 13, 1847.

Served in the War with Mexico, 1847‑48.

Resigned, May 23, 1848.

Civil History. — Merchant, Mobile, Ala., 1848‑61. Mayor of the City of Mobile, Ala., 1858‑61.

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

Civil History. — Cotton Broker, 1866 to 18–––. Mayor of the City of Mobile, Ala., 1867; and City Treasurer, 1878‑79. Claim Agent, Washington, D. C., 1880 to 18–––.

Died, Mar. 13, 1890, at Mobile, Ala.: Aged 77.

Buried, Magnolia Cemetery, Mobile, AL.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record. Jones Withers rose to the rank of Major General in the Confederate Army, distinguishing himself greatly at Shiloh and Stone River, defeats though they were.

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