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Collection Number: 04989-z

Collection Title: John Richter Jones Papers, 1854-1863

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Funding from the Watson-Brown Foundation, Inc., supported the microfilming of this collection.

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Size 17 items
Abstract John Richter Jones (1803-1863) was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1821 and joined the Pennsylvania Bar in 1827. He was appointed judge of the Court of Common Pleas in 1836, retiring from practice when his term of office ended in 1847. Shortly after the outbreak of the Civil War, Jones was appointed colonel in the 58th Pennsylvania Volunteers. He participated in the capture of Norfolk, Va., in May 1862. In January 1863, he was transferred to the Department of North Carolina under Major General John G. Foster, where he operated in the Batchelor's Creek Station area near New Bern, N.C., until he was shot dead by a Confederate sniper on 23 May 1863. The papers are primarily letters Jones wrote to his wife and daughter before and during the Civil War. The letters discuss various aspects of civilian life in Pennsylvania, as well as some details of the military activities in which Jones was engaged. Events referred to include the first confrontation between the Merrimac and the Monitor; Magruder's burning of Hampton, Va.; the occupation of Norfolk, Va.; and Union operations on the James River peninsula. The collection also contains handwritten military communications between Jones and Major General John G. Foster; a hand-drawn map of the Core Creek area in Carteret County, N.C.; a printed announcement of Jones's death; a handwritten report of a court martial proceeding against an officer from Jones's regiment; a handwritten tribute to Jones from the Pennsylvania State Bar; and newspaper clippings relating to Jones's death.
Creator Jones, John Richter, 1803-1863.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the John Richter Jones Papers #4989-z, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Microfilm copy (filmed 2005-2006) available.
  • Reel 1: Entire collection
Acquisitions Information
Received from Charles Apfelbaum of Watchung, N.J., in August 1999 (Acc. 98435).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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John Richter Jones was born in 1803. He was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1821 and joined the Pennsylvania Bar in 1827. He was appointed judge of the Court of Common Pleas in 1836, retiring from practice when his term of office ended in 1847. Shortly after the outbreak of the Civil War, Jones raised a regiment and was appointed colonel in the 58th Pennsylvania Volunteers by the governor of the state. In 1861, he published Slavery Sanctioned by the Bible. He participated in the capture of Norfolk, Va., in May 1862, spending the balance of the year at Portsmouth and Suffolk. In January 1863, he was transferred to the Department of North Carolina under Major General John G. Foster, where he operated in the Batchelor's Creek Station area near New Bern, N.C., until he was shot dead by a Confederate sniper on 23 May 1863.

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The papers of lawyer John Richter Jones are primarily letters written to his wife and daughter before and during the Civil War. The letters discuss various aspects of civilian life in Pennsylvania, as well as some details of the military activities in which Jones was engaged as colonel in the 58th Pennsylvania Volunteers. Events referred to include the first confrontation between the Merrimac and the Monitor; Magruder's burning of Hampton, Va.; the occupation of Norfolk, Va.; and other Union operations on the James River peninsula. The collection also contains handwritten military communications between Jones and Major General John G. Foster; a hand-drawn map of the Core Creek area in Carteret County, N.C.; a printed announcement of Jones's death; and a handwritten report of a court martial proceeding against an officer from Jones's regiment. In addition, the collection contains a handwritten tribute to Jones from the Pennsylvania State Bar and newspaper clippings relating to Jones's death.

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Contents list

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17 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Folder 1

Papers #04989-z, Series: "Papers, 1854-1863. " Folder 1

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Processing Information

Processed by: John Foster, November 2000

Encoded by: John Foster, November 2000

Revisions: Finding aid updated in May 2005 by Nancy Kaiser.

Funding from the Watson-Brown Foundation, Inc., supported the microfilming of this collection.

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