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Edward Jones

Edward Jones was born in 1848 in Franklin, Virginia. While no records of Jones exist before his enlistment in the United States Army, it is highly plausible to believe that he was a slave. Virginia’s status as a slave state practically ensured this. According to records obtained regarding Jones’s enlistment, he listed his occupation as a farmer. On September 1, 1864, Jones traveled to Marietta, Georgia and enlisted in the United States Army. He was assigned to Company B of the 9th Regiment of the United States Colored Heavy Artillery. The 9th USCHA was stationed at Nashville, Tennessee, but was not recorded to have seen action. Knowing what we have learned about the role of African American soldiers during the war, it is likely that his regiment was used for general labor, but since Jones was in a Heavy Artillery Regiment. At some point during 1865, Jones was transferred to Company I of the 13th United States Colored Infantry or USCT. According to records, the 13th USCT served as guards to railroads in both Tennessee and Alabama, but saw action against Confederate General Hood’s attack on Johnsonville, Tennessee in September 1864. The 13th was also involved in the Battle of Nashville in December 1864. It is not known whether or not Jones personally saw action, but according to his muster records, it was plausible. On July 7, 1865, the 13th USCT was transferred to St. Louis, Missouri, where it was later ‘mustered out’ or disbanded. It is not known why Jones migrated to Omaha, but having ended his military career in Missouri, it appears that he remained in the Midwest. Jones was recorded to have lived on 819 North 27th Street in Omaha and died of dropsy and was buried in Laurel Hill on May 10th, 1905. It was the discovery of Jones’s grave by a volunteer caretaker that started the process of recognizing all of the Civil War veterans and African-Americans buried at Laurel Hill. This photo is of Edward Jones's grave was taken shortly after being rediscovered. (Photo Courtesy of Creola Woodall)

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Taken on July 19, 2011