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Remembrances of the Civil War, entry for James Thomas Crayton Jones

The Anderson Intelligencer

May 26, 1914


J. T. C. Jones. Joined Company G., Second Rifles, South Carolina Regiment.  Entered service March 16, 1862, with Col. John V. Moore and Captain P. K. Norris in command.

Mr. Jones' first night at camp at Adams' Run, Colleton County, was on his fifteenth birthday--but  his youthfulness was not to be wondered at as he was third in the generation who was serving in  the war--himself, his father, and grandfather all fighting for their rights. His father was captain in  Company I of Hampton's Legion and it is said of the three genereations they were bave and true.

Mr. Jones' war record is very interesting. His first experience was at Jekyl Island where there  were two companies of the regiment. They captured 13 Yankees. From this camp they went to  Roach plantation where Mr. Jones did picket duty. On the 26th day of May they marched  through Charleston on their way to Richmond. This journey in a box car with scarcely standing  room. Spent the night in Chimborazo hospital, next day was in hearing of the battle of Seven  Pines. Saw many of his friends brought from this battle dead and dying. Later he was placed on  picket duty on this farm, where they met sorrowful defeat, fight then Gaine's Mill, next Frazier's  battlefield. Of this number, some were Mr. Jones' intimate friends and of them First Lieut.  Milton Cox, Sergeant J. V. Jones, (James V. Jones was actually J. T. C.'S  uncle. RRA) Mr. Jones dying soon after having a leg amputated. Mr. Jones being color bearer  when he received his death wound. Also Silas Crow, Jim Telford, and "Bean" Cox were all  killed in this fight. After this battle they were under fire of gunboats from Jamestown. Next came  the second battle of Manassas, where South Carolina lost seven colonels: Moore, Ledbetter,  Marshall, Glover, Means, Gadberry, and Palmer. Then on to Maryland in this march the  regiment waded the Potomac River.


In the last battle Mr. Jones was wounded and disabled from service. Near Winchester he met  with Col. Jas. L . Orr who was then in the Confederate senate. Col. Orr, seeing Mr. Jones' feeble  condition told him to cheer up that he would have him sent home immediately , but as there was  no railroad nearer than Culpepper, which was 100 miles distant, he did not reach home until the  latter part of November.


Mr. Jones was first lieutenant in his company. A brave soldier and today a good citizen.


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