BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

OF

COLONEL Dudley William JONES.

 

Colonel D. W. Jones was, it is thought, a native Texan, and was born about the year 1842, as he was

but eighteen years of age at the commencement of the war.

At the first notes of the approaching storm, he quitted his studies at Maury Institute, Columbia,

Tennessee, and proceeded to his home at Mt. Pleasant, Titus county, Texas. He entered the Ninth Texas

Cavalry, Colonel W. B. Sims, commanding, it is thought, as a private soldier, and served as such during the

first year of the war, through the campaign in the Indian Territory and in Missouri.

Upon the re-organization of the Ninth Texas regiment, near Corinth, Mississippi, in 1862, though a

beardless boy of scarce twenty years of age, D. W. Jones was triumphantly elected Colonel of the regiment;

and that he was worthy to be the recipient of this very high honor, the author can bear positive testimony,

based upon personal observation.

It was a familiar sight, in the "Army of the West," to see the bronzed and bearded faces of the

veterans of the gallant old Ninth following the lead of their handsome and chivalrous boy Colonel. The

losses of this regiment were unusually severe, and, at the close of the struggle, nine out of every ten men,

who had started, failed to respond at roll-call.

The author again expresses deep regret that he was unable, after the most assiduous efforts, to obtain

data upon which to recount the immediate services of the regiment.

Colonel Jones served in the first Constitutional Convention of Texas after the war, and died August 18, 1869

afterward in the city of Houston from internal bleeding of the bowls,, where he lies buried in a neglected grave. One that has had a hospital and Fire Department Facility built over it in the City Cemetery II.

Peace to his ashes!

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