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Capt. / Lt. Col. Jesse S Jones

 (1832-Dec 7, 1864)

 of  the
The Jones
Colleton County South Carolina


By Randy R Jones


Parents were: John S Jones & Elizabeth Broxton

From: The Jones Plantation & The Broxton Plantation

Lodge, Colleton County, South Carolina



A Descendant of Thomas Jones of WALES (1727-1761)



4Jesse S. Jones entered into the Civil War, Capt / 4Jesse S Jones with:

 The (CSA) 24TH  Infantry Regiment of South Carolina Volunteers, Co. E.

Nicknamed: The Colleton Guard.

He was assigned to “The Gist Brigade” under General States Rights Gist

His commanding officer was Colonel Ellison Capers., (Capers later promoted to General.) NOTE: Both General Gist and Capers are buried at

The Trinity Episcopal Church across from the State House in Columbia, SC.


Lt Col 4Jesse S Jones preformed his patriotic duties with great conviction and southern pride. The 24th and 16th Regiments of SC., often combined there units in several war campaigns. 4Jesse S fought for the Confederacy from the time the 24th was formed until his death December 7th 1864 in The Battle of Franklin, Tennessee and he was wounded once at Chickamauga.

His campaigns included Charleston, SC., James Island, North Carolina, Mississippi, Atlanta, Georgia, and Franklin, Tennesee.


The Beauregard Flags


            On April 20th1863 at James Island, SC. General Beauregard reviewed the 24th and 16th and awarded them both Battle Flags. Known as ‘‘The Beauregard Flags’’ both are Charleston Depot Colors. Never allowing their flags to be captured, both units would carry their colors until the end of the war. These Flags hang today in the Relic Room in Columbia, SC., home of the South Carolina Soldiers of the Confederacy.  Lt. Col. Jesse S Jones assumed command of the 24th Regiment on July 31, 1864.


Cited: By Colonel Ellison Capers


From Palmetto, Georgia to Franklin, Tennessee The 24th and 16th combined forces to embark on a 500 mile march for The Tennessee Campaign.  The men suffered much during November from bad weather and the want of clothing, shoes and blankets. Food was rationed and many times there was nothing to eat but meal. Despite all of these hardships no man deserted the flag of his regiment. And no command of the army fought with more spirit and heroic determination at Franklin than the

24th South Carolina Volunteers.

Lt. Col. Jesse S Jones under heavy engagement of the enemy, pressed back there advancing forces. Leading his Regiment up front and to the right he was shot and fell mortally wounded. Lt. Col. Jesse S Jones died of his wound at a division hospital a few days after the battle. His loss will be much felt by the regiment and is greatly deplored by his Colonel. Signed, Colonel Ellison Capers.


The Battle at Franklin, Tennessee.


After a long, bloody, and hard fought battle, late into the night The 24th Regiment of South Carolina did in fact charge the enemy, capturing the colors of The Ohio 97th Regiment Infantry and forty prisoners.




Lt Col Jesse S Jones was buried in The McGavock Confederate Cemetery on the Carnton Plantation, just outside of Franklin Tennessee.

To this day, on record his government believes him to be buried there.

However after his death his personal slave gathered up all of his possessions and traveled back across enemy lines to there home in Lodge South Carolina to convey the awful news of his death. Shortly thereafter the war ended. Two of his brother, one being my 3rd Great Grandfather Robert Edgar Jones Sr. and the other brother, not clear which one took the slave with them on a journey back to Franklin Tenneesee to bring back their deceased brother. Without permission from anyone the two brothers exhumed their brother’s remains and traveled back to South Carolina.

Lt Jesse S Jones is buried with the rest of his family at the Cross Swamp Cemetery in Colleton Co. SC.

 Jesse Jones Grave


The Battle of Franklin.



Colleton County SC History & Genealogy.



Book: Cemeteries of Upper Colleton County South Carolina


Books: Enlisted for the War, The Struggles of the Gallant 24th South Carolina. 




This file was contributed for use by the Colleton County SCGenWeb Project  by:

Randy Jones
August 2007

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