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JONES, William Edmondson, soldier, born near Glade Spring, Washington County, Virginia, in May, 1824; died near New Hope, Augusta County, Virginia, 5 June, 1864. He was educated at Emory and Henry college, and at the United States military academy, where he was graduated in 1848. He was assigned to the mounted rifles, and served in various frontier posts till 26 January, 1857, when he resigned, and, after travelling abroad, became a farmer near Glade Spring, Virginia He entered the Confederate army as captain, and on 28 September, 1861, became colonel of the 1st Virginia cavalry. He was promoted to brigadier-general on 19 September, 1862, and in the winter of 1862-'3 commanded the Department of the Valley of Virginia. He was made major-general in 1863, and then had charge of southwestern Virginia and eastern Tennessee till he was ordered back to the valley of Virginia to meet General Hunter. He was killed in an action with the forces of that general.
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