John Robert Jones

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John Robert Jones, a native of Harrisonburg, Virginia, was born March 12, 1827 and educated at Virginia Military Institute, from which he graduated in 1848. After teaching school in Florida, where he was active in the state militia, he became principal of a military school in Urbana, Maryland. Returning to Harrisonburg at the outbreak of the Civil War, he recruited a company of the 33rd Virginia Infantry, which was attached to the Stonewall Brigade. He fought with the 33rd Virginia at First Manassas and in the Valley campaign of 1862, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel. Upon the recommendation of General T. J. Jackson, Jones was appointed brigadier general, to rank from June 23, 1862, and assigned to the command of a brigade in Trimble's division of the 2nd Corps. During the battle of Chancellorsville he left the field "owing to the ulcerated condition of one of his legs." By this action he virtually removed himself from the army roster. He was immediately relieved and his brigade assigned to General John Marshall Jones. It is recorded that J. R. Jones was captured at Smithburg, Tennessee, July 4, 1863. He spent the balance of the war as a prisoner on Johnson's Island and at Fort Warren, from which he was released on July 24, 1865. No effort seems to have been made by the Confederate government to effect his exchange, nor was he confirmed at the grade of brigadier by the Senate. After the war General Jones engaged in the farm implement business in his native city and later was appointed commissioner in chancery of the circuit court, an office which he held until his death at Harrisonburg, April 1, 1901. He is buried there in Woodbine Cemetery.

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