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Capt John W. Jones

Capt John W. Jones

Birth
England
Death 4 May 1886 (aged 62–63)
Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, USA
Plot 44, 178
Memorial ID 41162069 · View Source
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Army Captain in the American Civil War and US-Dakota War. Born in England and a native of Middlesex, he enlisted in the US Army after emigrating to the United States. In 1845, he served in the First Artillery Regiment. He fought in the Mexican War and earned an official commendation signed by President Franklin Pierce and Secretary of War Jefferson Davis for his conduct at the Battle of Monterrey (Sep. 21–24, 1846). At the Battle of Churubusco on August 20, 1847, he again distinguished himself on the battlefield and was mentioned by name in the commanding officer's report. During that battle, he was shot in the neck with a musket ball, which was not immediately removed. By the time surgery was going to be attempted, the ball had worked itself into a position that made the extraction too dangerous. By 1855, the condition of the old wound was such that army doctors refused to pass him for reenlistment. Only through intervention of his commanding officer, who petitioned to "retain a faithful and excellent old soldier" (Jones was thirty-two at the time), was the surgeon's certificate waived and Sergeant Jones permitted to continue his career in the army.

In February, 1856 he was appointed Ordnance Sergeant at Fort Ridgely, an artillery school and home to a light artillery battery in the late 1850's. When the regular army pulled out of Fort Ridgely, it left behind several artillery guns; Sgt. Jones was in charge of them. He lived at the fort with his wife Maria and their three children in a log cabin near the stone barracks that housed the soldiers.



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  • Created by: Cindy K. Coffin
  • Added: 26 Aug 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 41162069
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Capt John W. Jones (1823–4 May 1886), Find A Grave Memorial no. 41162069, citing Oakland Cemetery, Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Cindy K. Coffin (contributor 47084179) .