John Richter Jones (1803 - 1863)

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Birthplace: Salem County New Jersey,
Death: Died in Batchelder's Creek, North Carolina.
Cause of death: KIA
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About John Richter Jones

Civil War Union Army Officer. The son of prominent Pennsylvania Baptist minister Reverend Horatio Gates Jones, he was a lawyer and served as a Judge in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas from 1836 to 1847. After the Civil War started, he volunteered his services, and was commissioned as Colonel and commander of the 58th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry on February 13, 1862. He led his unit in operations in North Carolina until May 23, 1863, when he was killed in action at Batchelder's Creek, North Carolina.

In a General Order promulgated by department commander Major General John G. Foster three days after Colonel Jones' death, it was stated "The commanding general, in common with the officers and men of this command, is called upon to mourn the loss of a most gallant officer, Colonel J. Richter Jones, Fifty-eighth Pennsylvania Volunteers, who fell at the head of his regiment on the evening of May 23, whilst repelling an attack on the outposts.

Colonel Jones won the admiration of all in this department by the indefatigable, able, and gallant manner with which he filled the arduous duties of commander of the outposts. He died whilst yet enjoying the triumph of a victory won by his valor and counsel. To the service, to this department, and to his regiment this death has been a sad loss; and to all here, and to those at home whom he loved, the commanding general offers his most sincere sympathy. May his bright example lead many to tread the arduous path of duty with as pure an appreciation of duty and with as firm unswerving tread as he.

All the flags in this department will be carried at half-mast for the three days following the receipt of this order, and at this post half-hour guns will be fired from Forts Totten and Rowan from sunrise to sunset to-morrow, May 27".

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Col. John R. Jones's Timeline

October 2, 1803
Salem County New Jersey,
Age 37
Age 43
May 23, 1863
Age 59
Batchelder's Creek, North Carolina.
Leverington Cemetery Roxborough Philadelphia County Pennsylvania