J. T. C. Jones. Joined Company G., Second Rifles, South
Carolina Regiment. Entered service March
16, 1862, with Col. John V. Moore and Captain P. K. Norris in command.
Mr. Jones' first night at camp at Adams' Run, Colleton
County, was on his fifteenth birthday--but
his youthfulness was not to be wondered at as he was third in the
generation who was serving in the
war--himself, his father, and grandfather all fighting for their rights. His
father was captain in Company I of Hampton's Legion and it is said of the three genereations they were bave and
Mr. Jones' war record is very interesting. His first
experience was at Jekyl Island where there were two companies of the regiment. They
captured 13 Yankees. From this camp they went to Roach plantation where Mr. Jones did picket
duty. On the 26th day of May they marched
through Charleston on their way to Richmond. This journey in a box car
with scarcely standing room. Spent the
night in Chimborazo hospital, next day was in hearing
of the battle of Seven Pines. Saw many
of his friends brought from this battle dead and dying. Later he was placed
on picket duty on this farm, where they
met sorrowful defeat, fight then Gaine's Mill, next
Frazier's battlefield. Of this number,
some were Mr. Jones' intimate friends and of them First Lieut. Milton Cox, Sergeant J. V. Jones, (James V. Jones was actually J. T.
C.'S uncle. RRA) Mr. Jones dying
soon after having a leg amputated. Mr. Jones being color bearer when he received his death wound. Also Silas
Crow, Jim Telford, and "Bean" Cox were all killed in this fight. After this battle they
were under fire of gunboats from Jamestown. Next came the second battle of Manassas, where South
Carolina lost seven colonels: Moore, Ledbetter,
Marshall, Glover, Means, Gadberry, and Palmer.
Then on to Maryland in this march the
regiment waded the Potomac River.
In the last battle Mr. Jones was wounded and disabled from
service. Near Winchester he met with
Col. Jas. L . Orr who was then in the Confederate senate. Col. Orr, seeing Mr.
Jones' feeble condition told him to
cheer up that he would have him sent home immediately , but as there was no railroad nearer than Culpepper, which was
100 miles distant, he did not reach home until the latter part of November.
Mr. Jones was first lieutenant in his company. A brave
soldier and today a good citizen.