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JONES, Samuel, soldier, born in Virginia in 1820; died in Bedford Springs, Virginia, 31 July, 1887. He was graduated at the United States military academy in July, 1841, and assigned to the 1st artillery. After serving on garrison duty, he was appointed professor of mathematics and instructor of tactics, holding these offices from 1846 till 1851. He was promoted 1st lieutenant in 1847, and captain in 1853, when he served on frontier duty in Texas. He was assistant to the judge-advocate of the army in Washington, D. C., from 1858 till 1861, when he resigned his commission to enter the Confederate army with the rank of colonel. Soon afterward he became brigadier-general, and in 1863 he was appointed to command a division with the rank of major-general. He commanded the Confederate forces in West Virginia till 1864, when he brought his troops to re-enforce General Lee's army on Rapidan river. After the war he engaged in farming in Mattoax, Virginia, but removed to Washington in 1880, and obtained a clerkship in the War department, which he retained until his death.
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