Corp Joshua Jones

Corp Joshua Jones

Death 28 Sep 1862 (aged 23–24)
Burial Sharpsburg, Washington County, Maryland, USA
Plot 3473
Memorial ID 35547874 · View Source
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Civil War Union veteran of Company E, 19th Indiana Infantry. At 21 years of age, on March 20, 1859, he married Celia Gibson, whom he had known for ten years. She was born in Monroe township and was the daughter of Garrett and Sarah Gibson. On June 3, 1860, their son George (Eddy) Edgerlie Jones was born. Joshua mustered into the service as a Private on July 29, 1861, leaving behind his beloved wife Celia and infant son. He and the other young men who enlisted for a three-year tour of duty that day formed the 19th Indiana Volunteer Infantry Regiment under the command of Solomon Meredith. Destined for intense fighting in the major battles of the eastern theater, the regiment became part of the Iron Brigade, also known as the "Black Hats Brigade". They would suffer the most casualties of any brigade during the Civil War.

During his time in the service, Joshua wrote letters home, most of which were addressed to his wife Celia. He wrote about camp life, poor food, guard duty, having to march in cold, wet, weather, and the hardships of war. By 1862, he mentioned the possibility of death more frequently and hoped for a leave of absence that would give him a chance to see Celia and George again. He did not engage in the usual distractions of drinking, card playing, or gambling during his free time, but found ways to benefit from these activities. He loaned money with interest, then sent his earnings home. He also sold personal items that some of the other soldiers might want and was especially pleased when he made a profit. In one of his letters, he commented to Celia: "Some is Smart and Some aint..."

While fighting in the Battle of Antietam, he was shot in the leg. The wound was severe, shattering his leg. He was left without medical attention for two days, a captive of the Confederates. When his comrades could finally reach him, he could not bear to ride in an ambulance. His friends carried him on a stretcher for almost 4 miles to a barn near Keedysville. Doctors had to amputate his leg and feared he would not survive in his weakened condition. However, there was no alternative. The leg was amputated and Jones died on September 28. He was laid to rest in the Antietam National Cemetery at Sharpsburg, Maryland.

His wife Celia saved his Civil War letters and passed them on to her son and grandchildren in her later years. The letters are still in the family, preserved by his great granddaughter.

Camp Morton Indianapolis
Aug the 1th 1861

Dear Wife & little Boy & friends

I take my pen in hand to let you know that I am well. Hoping this will find you all the Same. Well Celia we got our uniform yesterday & we are going to get our guns tomorrow & we leave here a Saturday [illegible word] for Washington City. I will Send my Clothes to the Depo in Care of Garret Gibson.

If I can get my likness I will Send it too. I Cannot Come home any more untill the war is over. If I live I will be at home when the war is over & if it falls to my lot to fall in Battle it will be in defence of my Country. Tell all that take themSelves to be my friends that I bid them farewell for my life is not Insured. I dont know that I Shall ever have the pleasure of meeting you all any more or not but if I dont you must all take Care of your Selvs while I am exposed to the Enemy who are trying to distroy our government. I look for nothing but hardships Exposed to bad weather poor grub & long marches & dodging bulets and Sords & bayonets. We may Come through Muncie but I dont know whether we will or not.

I will write when we get in Camp. I guess I have wrote all for the time So farewell friends and Relations. Yours till Death.

-Joshua Jones


Berwanger, Eugene H. Indiana Magazine of History, "Absent So Long From Those I Love: The Civil War Letters of Joshua Jones," Sep. 1992, p. 205-211.

Harris, Phil. 19th Indiana Infantry researcher,

Kemper, Gen. William Harrison. A Twentieth Century History of Delaware County, Indiana, Vol. II, p. 1049.

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