Jones Brigade – William E. (Grumble) Jones

“He was thought by some to be austere, as he was very strict; but I thought he was very humane.”

B. J. Haden

A member of the First Virginia describes Jones

Wert, Jeffry D. Cavalryman of the Lost Cause. New York:  Simon and Schuster, 2008. Page 68

Originally found in Reminiscences of J.E.B. Stuart’s Cavalry. By B. J. (Charlottesville, VA:  News Bood and Job Printing, n.d.) Page 27

“I have found him prompt and efficient…I am not acquainted with any other field officer of cavalry whom I regard as so well qualified for commanding a Brigade.”

Thomas Jackson,

Sep 24 1862

Thomas Jackson to Samuel Cooper, Office of Adjutant & Inspector General

Robertson, James I.  Stonewall Jackson The Man, The Soldier, The Legend. New York:  Macmillan Publishing Co, 1997 Page 626

“was an eccentric officer, who seemed to take pleasure in self-torture, as if doing penance.”

George Dallas Mosgrove

a cavalryman describes Jones

Wert, Jeffry D. Cavalryman of the Lost Cause. New York:  Simon and Schuster, 2008.  Page  68

Originally found in Kentucky Cavaliers in Dixie:  Reminiscences of a Confederate Cavalryman. By George Dallas Mosgrove. Edited by Bell Irvin Wiley. Reprint. Wilmington, NC:  Broadfoot Publishing, 1987 Page 85

“like a tramp on horseback”

John N. Opie,

a trooper describes Jones

Wert, Jeffry D. Cavalryman of the Lost Cause. New York:  Simon and Schuster, 2008. Page 68

Originally found in A Rebel Cavalryman with Lee Stuart and Jackson. By John N. Opie. Reprint Dayton, OH:  Press of Morningside Bookshop, 1972 Page 54

“With Brigadier General Jones, I feel sure of opposition, insubordination, and inefficiency to an extent that would in a short time ruin discipline and subvert authority in that brigade.  I must beg the Commanding General to avert such a calamity from my division and if there are any who entertain different views in regard to General Jones, let such have the benefit of his services and his talents.”

Stuart, J.E.B.

Oct 24 1862

Stuart outlining to Lee, his dislike to Grumble Jones in a letter regarding command of a cavalry brigade

Wert, Jeffry D. Cavalryman of the Lost Cause.  New York:  Simon and Schuster, 2008. Page 178

Originally found in JEBS-General, Oct 24 1862 Stuart Papers, VHS

4 Responses

  1. i AM RELATED TO GRUMBLE THROUGH MY FATHER. HIS FAMILY LEFT SPRING GLADE FOR ROANOKE AROUND THE LATE 1920’S. HAVE HEARD MANY STORIES GROWING UP. MY FATHER WAS A WAR HERO INWW2 AND I FOUGHT IN COMBAT IN VIETNAM SO THE TRADITION CONTINUES.
    A VERY MISUNDERSTOOD MAN WHO RELATIVES WERE INVOLVED WITH KINGS MOUNTAIN FAME THE FIGHTING EDMINSTONS. GREAT WEBSITE

    sTEVEN p jONES

    • Steven
      Thanks for your post. I am glad you enjoy the blog. Thank you for you and your father’s military service to America. Regards

      • This is a fascinating site. Dose anyone know if “Grumble” Jones had any descendents in the Cumberland Gap area of Tn.?

      • Joe
        I am not sure myself. Perhaps someone else out there who sees this comment may have an idea. Thanks for checking out the site.
        Jim

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