William Edmondson “Grumble” Jones

The Life of a Cantankerous Confederate


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About the Book

 William Edmondson “Grumble” Jones (b. 1824) stands among the most notable Southwest Virginians to fight in the Civil War. The Washington County native graduated from Emory & Henry College and West Point. As a lieutenant in the “Old Army” between service in Oregon and Texas, he watched helplessly as his wife drowned during the wreck of the steamship Independence. He resigned his commission in 1857.
Resuming his military career as a Confederate officer, he mentored the legendary John Singleton Mosby. His many battles included a clash with George Armstrong Custer near Gettysburg. An internal dispute with his commanding general, J.E.B. Stuart, resulted in Jones’s court-martial conviction in 1863. Following a series of campaigns in East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, he returned to the Shenandoah Valley and died in battle in 1864, leaving a mixed legacy.

About the Author(s)

James Buchanan Ballard is a retired insurance adjuster and a past contributor to the Historical Society of Washington County Virginia’s annual publication regarding events, people, and places from the region. He lives in Houston, Texas.

Bibliographic Details

James Buchanan Ballard
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 294
Bibliographic Info: 24 photos & maps, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2017
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7076-8
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2970-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface    1

 1. Ancestry and Origin 5

 2. Emory and Henry College 10

 3. West Point 15

 4. Manifest Destiny 32

 5. Migration, Furlough and Marriage 41

 6. Tragedy on the High Seas 44

 7. Texas—Into the Desert 53

 8. The Civilian Years 67

 9. A Call to Arms 80

10. First Virginia Cavalry 91

11. Seventh Virginia Cavalry 101

12. Command of the Shenandoah Valley District 113

13. West Virginia Raid 128

14. Brandy Station 147

15. Gettysburg 156

16. ­Court-Martial 171

17. Southwest Virginia and East Tennessee 179

18. The Shenandoah Valley—May 1864 205

19. Return to the Valley 211

20. The Battle of Piedmont—June 5, 1864 223

21. Piedmont Aftermath 230

Epilogue    239

Chapter Notes    251

Bibliography    272

Index    279