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David R. Jones

Date of Birth:      April 5, 1825
Hometown:         Orangeburg District, SC
Education:           West Point, 1846
Final Wartime Rank:    Major General
Final Peacetime Rank:  N/A

Date of Death:     January 15, 1863
Place of Death:    Richmond, VA
Buried At:           Richmond, VA

Major Battles:        Fort Sumter, First Manassas, Peninsula Campaign, Seven Days, Second Manassas, Antietam Campaign

Interesting Fact(s):    After graduating from West Point, in 1846, Jones would marry the niece of President Zachary Taylor, connecting him closely, with Jefferson Davis.  Lieutenant general Richard Taylor, was also his wife's cousin, providing Jones with excellent connections in the Confederacy.  During the Mexican War, he would be brevetted for gallantry.  With the Secession Crisis, Jones would resign his U.S. Army commission and become P.G.T. Beauregard's chief of staff.  Promoted brigadier general, he would lead a brigade at Manassas, and be promoted major general in March, 1862.  He would be engaged in the action of the Peninsula Campaign and the Seven Days.  During the Second Manassas Campaign, Jones would be leading his division, at the head of James Longstreet's Corps, through Thoroughfare Gap.  His division's fighting opened the gap and allowed Longstreet's Corps to reunite with Thomas Jackson - insuring a Confederate victory at Second Manassas.  Jones's division would play an important role in protecting the passes, at South Mountain, and the defense of the lower Antietam bridge (Burnside Bridge) at the Battle of Antietam.  Shortly after Antietam, Jones would suffer serious health problems, and would die in Richmond, in early 1863.

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