David Rumph "Neighbor" Jones

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David Rumph "Neighbor" Jones was born in Orangeburg District, South Carolina, April 5, 1825. He attended the common schools of the neighborhood and was graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1846. By marriage to a niece of President Zachary Taylor he was connected to both Jefferson Davis and to Lieutenant General Richard Taylor, C.S.A. Both were cousins of his wife, the former by marriage and the latter by blood. After being brevetted 1st lieutenant for gallantry in Mexico, he resigned his commission in the old army to enter Confederate service as chief of staff to General Beauregard at Charleston, where he is said to have hauled down the United States flag on Fort Sumter after the surrender of the place. Appointed brigadier general in the Provisional Army on June 17, 1861, he led his command at First Manassas, and was promoted major general from March 10, 1862. He participated in the Peninsular campaign and in the battles of the Seven Days. The high point of his Confederate career was reached by his timely seizure of Thoroughfare Gap in the campaign of Second Manassas, which enabled Longstreet to come to Jackson's rescue on August 30, 1862. Jones subsequently played a most important part in defending one of the passes of South Mountain in the Maryland campaign. He was in command of the Confederate right at Sharpsburg, where his advanced troops were forced from the lower Antietam bridge by Burnside's assault. A. P. Hill's arrival from Harpers Ferry with his division at the critical moment enabled the two commanders to organize a counterattack which saved the day. Shortly thereafter General Jones developed serious heart trouble, from which he died at Richmond, Virginia, January 15, 1863. He is buried in Hollywood Cemetery there.

Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.

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