John Marshall Jones

Brigadier General

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Reference: Alabama Department of Archives & History. Custodian of the original pictures. Confederate Officers photo album.

John Marshall Jones was born at Charlottesville, Virginia, July 26, 1820, and was graduated from West Point in the class of 1841. Since he was an instructor at the Military Academy at the time, he did not actively participate in the Mexican War. Resigning from the United States Army as a captain of the 7th Infantry, he entered the Confederate Army at the same grade. Subsequently serving as assistant adjutant general and adjutant and inspector general to Generals Magruder, Ewell, and Early, he was repeatedly commended for bravery and efficiency during the various battles of the Army of Northern Virginia. After Chancellorsville he was promoted from a staff lieutenant colonel to brigadier general, to rank from May 15, 1863, and assigned to the command of a brigade in Edward Johnson's division of the 2nd Corps. He was seriously wounded at Gettysburg in the attack on Culp's Hill; he returned to duty in September 1863 and was again wounded on the Rapidan in November, in an action known as the battle of Payne's Farm. On May 5, 1864 Jones' brigade opened the battle of the Wilderness against the Federal skirmish line and was supported by the brigades of Battle and Doles. Shortly thereafter a furious assault was made on the Confederate front. General Jones is variously reported as having been killed "while sitting on his horse gazing at the approaching enemy," and while engaging "in a desperate effort to rally [his] brigade." He is buried in Charlottesville.

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