Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Walter Franklin Jones Papers, ca. 1860-1862

James S. Schoff Civil War Collection

Finding aid created by
Rob S. Cox, February 1992

Summary Information
Title: Walter Franklin Jones papers
Creator: Jones, Walter Franklin, b. 1841
Inclusive dates: ca. 1860-1862
Extent: 9 items
Abstract:
Jones served with the 61st New York Infantry Regiment until his discharge on April 29th, 1862, and later saw service as a Lieutenant in Co. A of the 14th New York Cavalry, remaining with that unit until it was consolidated near the end of the Civil War. Six of Jones' letters were written home from Camp California, near Faifax Court House, Va., in the first months of 1862, when the 61st Regiment was attached to the slow moving Army of the Potomac.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

December 1990. M-2606.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown.

Provenance:

The Jones papers were donated to the Clements Library in December, 1990, by Sally Pyne Kennedy, a descendent.

Preferred Citation:

Walter Franklin Jones papers, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Biography

Jones, Walter Franklin, b. 1841

Rank : 2nd Lieutenant

Regiment : 61st New York Infantry Regiment. Co. K. (1861-1865)

Service : 1861 September 10-1865

When the Civil War broke out in April, 1861, Walter Franklin Jones was nearing completion of his studies at Yale. After commencement, Jones returned to his home in New York City, and in September, he enlisted for three years in the 61st New York Infantry, receiving a commission as 2nd Lieutenant of Company K on November 9th. Jones served with the 61st until his discharge on April 29th, 1862, and later saw service as a Lieutenant in Co. A of the 14th New York Cavalry, remaining with that unit until it was consolidated near the end of the war. Both the 61st Infantry and 14th Cavalry served in Virginia, attached to or in coordination with the main body of the Army of the Potomac.

At the end of the war, Jones received a Lieutenant's commission in the 151st New York Infantry, but never mustered.


Collection Scope and Content Note

Six of Jones' letters were written home from Camp California, near Fairfax Court House, Va., in the first months of 1862, when the 61st Regiment was attached to the slow moving Army of the Potomac. Jones' letters are well written, but not particularly eventful. These letters do more to illustrate the slow pace of the Army of the Potomac than to provide details of camp life or battle. He remained optimistic that the war would end soon, "but if not," he wrote, "I would rather that we were well whipped, than that foreign nations would speak of us, as more frightened than hurt." He hoped particularly that he would have the chance to fight in a battle before it all ended.

Some of the letters in the collection include a description of a New Years' celebration among officers at which "an examination of the darkies [for allegedly stealing a bottle of brandy] was the most amusing part;" an account of Beauregard using "Quaker guns" at Munson's Hill to buy him time to reinforce positions at Centreville; and a mention of guard duty, during which Jones had to hand cuff and gag one man, and during which he encountered an Orderly Sergeant who had been imprisoned for five months for shooting a man for disobedience of orders. The collection also includes two souvenirs collected by Jones at Bull Run: a blade of grass from the battlefield and a piece of a Confederate flag.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Bull Run, 1st Battle of, Va., 1861.
    • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
    • Connecticut--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Box   40 Schoff Civil War Soldiers' Letters  
    Walter Franklin Jones papers,  ca. 1860-1862 March 12 [series]:
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Bibliography

    Fuller, Charles A. Personal recollections of the War of 1861. Sherburne, 1906.

    Partial Subject Index
    Amusements.
    • 1862 February 17. to Jones, Mrs D. S.
    Beauregard, Pierre G. T., 1818-1893.
    • 1862 January 11. to Jones, Mary S. B.
    Birthdays.
    • 1862 February 5. to Jones, Mrs D. S.
    Bull Run, 1st Battle of, Va., 1861.
    • [1862 March 12]. to Jones, Mrs D. S.
    Centreville (Va.)
    • 1862 January 11. to Jones, Mrs D. S.
    • 1862 January 11. to Jones, Mary S. B.
    United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--African-Americans.
    • 1862 January 2. to Jones, Mrs D. S.
    United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Medical care.
    • 1862 January 11. to Jones, Mary S. B.
    United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Scouts and scouting.
    • 1862 February 5. to Jones, Mrs D. S.
    Connecticut--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
    • [c.1861]. to Unidentified.
    Contagious diseases.
    • 1862 January 11. to Jones, Mrs D. S.
    Eye--Diseases and defects.
    • 1862 January 11. to Jones, Mrs D. S.
    • 1862 January 11. to Jones, Mary S. B.
    • 1862 January 15. to Jones, Mrs D. S.
    Flags--Confederate States of America.
    • [1862 March 12]. to Jones, Mrs D. S.
    Food.
    • 1862 January 2. to Jones, Mrs D. S.
    Funeral rites and services.
    • 1862 January 2. to Jones, Mrs D. S.
    Guard duty.
    • 1862 February 5. to Jones, Mrs D. S.
    Homesickness.
    • 1862 January 15. to Jones, Mrs D. S.
    Murder.
    • 1862 February 5. to Jones, Mrs D. S.
    New Year--Virginia.
    • 1862 January 2. to Jones, Mrs D. S.
    Paris (France)--Description and travel.
    • [c.1860]. to Jones, Walter Franklin
    Picket duty.
    • 1862 January 2. to Jones, Mrs D. S.
    Prisoners.
    • 1862 February 5. to Jones, Mrs D. S.
    Quaker guns.
    • 1862 January 11. to Jones, Mrs D. S.
    • 1862 January 11. to Jones, Mary S. B.
    Sedgwick, John, 1813-1864.
    • 1862 February 17. to Jones, Mrs D. S.
    Soldier--France.
    • [c.1860]. to Jones, Walter Franklin
    Souvenirs (Keepsakes)
    • [1862 March 12]. to Jones, Mrs D. S.
    Theatres.
    • 1862 February 17. to Jones, Mrs D. S.
    United States. Army--Officers.
    • 1862 January 11. to Jones, Mrs D. S.
    • 1862 January 11. to Jones, Mary S. B.
    United States. Army--Pay, allowances, etc.
    • 1862 January 15. to Jones, Mrs D. S.
    United States. Army--Pioneers.
    • 1862 January 15. to Jones, Mrs D. S.