Wake Forest Men in War 661
Lieutenant Colonel, and in 1862 became Colonel. The account of the
35th Regiment in the North Carolina Regiments shows that he often
commanded the brigade.7 He was killed on the night of June 17, 1864,
in a charge on the enemies' line around Petersburg. According to
Professor L. R. Mills he had already been recommended for the rank
of Brigadier General and his commission came the day after his death.
Professor Mills often made this statement to the writer, saying that
Jones had already selected him as his Adjutant. Jones and Mills were
friends in College. Probably the statement in the General Catalogue
has Mills for authority. The following extracts from the history of the
35th Regiment in North Carolina Regiments illustrates the courage
which characterized the Southern soldier in that war, and the great
heroism of Colonel Jones:
"The loss of the regiment was heavy. It carried into action 28
officers and nearly 500 men, and brought out 8 officers and less than
200 men. Its gallant commander, John G. Jones, was shot down early
in the charge; rising he advanced a few feet, when he fell a second
time. Calling for help, he was again going forward, when a third time
he fell to rise no more.
"In the death of Colonel Jones the regiment sustained a loss almost
irreparable. He had been a student at Wake Forest College; was a
Baptist preacher before he entered the army [The college records do
not indicate this]; was without any military training, awkward and
unsoldierly in his carriage; but of unsullied character and indomitable
courage. His military aptness was of slow growth, but developed as he
gained experience until at his death he was recognized as one of the
best soldiers of his rank in the army. It was currently believed in the
regiment that while stationed at Kenansville, N. C., in the winter of
1863 and 1864, he met a young lady of very high social position and
great personal charms ; but did not presume to declare his passion
until he had won her by "the dangers he had passed," and that he only
waited until he could wear the wreath of a Brigadier-General on his
collar, when he would solicit her hand."
7 Op. cit., III, 136, IV, 575.
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