Patrick Henry Jones

Patrick Henry Jones was a native of Ireland, born in County Westmeath on November 20, 1830. He came to the United States as a boy of ten, worked on his father's farm in Cattaraugus County, New York, and then read law in Ellicottville, where he was admitted to the bar and practiced until the beginning of the Civil War. At this juncture he became a second lieutenant of the 37th New York, known as the "Irish Rifles," a regiment which was in reserve at First Manassas. Jones was promoted first lieutenant in November, 1861, and major in January, 1862; he took part in the Peninsular campaign in Kearny's division of the III Corps and in the campaign of Second Bull Run. On October 8, 1862, Jones became colonel of the 154th New York, which was assigned to von Steinwehr's division of Howard's XI Corps. This command did not take part in the battle of Fredericksburg, but at Chancellorsville in May, 1863, it was involved in the disaster which befell the corps as the result of Stonewall Jackson's famous flank march. Here Jones was wounded and taken prisoner—he was not exchanged until October. After the battle of Chickamauga the XI and XII Corps were ordered to Chattanooga although at the storming of Missionary Ridge the regiment was only nominally engaged. In the spring of 1864, when the XX Corps was formed from the consolidation of the XI and XII Corps, Jones's regiment was assigned to the 2nd Brigade of the 2nd Division ("Geary's White Stars"), with which it fought from Chattanooga to Atlanta, and then to the end of the Carolina campaign and the surrender of Johnston's army. On June 7 Jones was elevated to command of the brigade which he led thereafter. On April 18, 1865, he was appointed a brigadier general of volunteers to rank from the preceding December 6, and on June 17 he resigned his commission to return to his law practice in Ellicottville. He served as clerk of the New York State court of appeals from 1865 until he was appointed postmaster of New York City in 1869 by President Grant. Resigning in 1873, General Jones was elected register of New York the next year, serving until 1877, when he resumed his law practice. He died at Port Richmond, Staten Island, July 23, 1900, and was buried in St. Peter's Cemetery there.

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Reference: Generals in Blue. Lives of the Union Commanders by Ezra J. Warner. Louisiana State University Press. Baton Rouge.