Jones, born Richard R. Jones, around 1844 in Waushara County,
Wisconsin, enlisted and was mustered in as a Private into the
22nd Wisconsin Infantry, Company “F” on August 21, 1862 at
Racine, Wisconsin. His term of service with the 22nd was a
standard enlistment of just three years. According to
Wisconsin Muster-In records, he was said to be a stout man
with light hair and complexion and almost six feet in height.
As with all recruits in the company, Jones was paid a sum of
$25 with an additional $75 to be paid at the time of his
Richard R. Jones has long been confused with information and
records of Richard H. Jones who mustered in at the same town
and county, but who enlisted six days earlier.
The 22nd Regiment, Wisconsin
Infantry was organized at Camp Utley in Racine, Wisconsin,
where Richard H. Jones, age 21 years of age was also mustered
in on August 21, 1862 and the regiment officially mustered in
on September 2, 1862. This Jones was listed as a resident of
Waushara County, Wisconsin at the time of his enlistment and was
likely a relation of the Richard R.
Jones from the same county. The Regiment left
State for Cincinnati, Ohio
on September 16th then
moved to Covington, Kentucky on September 22nd, attached to
the 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, Army of Kentucky, Department of
the Ohio until November, 1862.
It then became part of the 1st Brigade, 3rd Division,
Army of Kentucky, to February, 1863. It then served with Coburn's
Brigade, Baird's Division, Army of Kentucky, Dept. of the Cumberland
until June, 1863.
|The 22nd Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry marched from Covington to
Georgetown, Lexington, Sandersville and Nicholasville from October 7th
through November 13, 1862. It saw duty at Nicholasville until December
12th when it moved to Danville, Kentucky on December 12th and did duty
there till January 26, 1863. It next moved to Louisville, Kentucky,
then to Nashville, Tennessee from January 26th through February 7,
1863, and on to Brentwood Station on February 21st; then to Franklin,
Tennessee. After that it performed reconnoissance toward Thompson's
Station and Spring Hill from March 3rd through the 5th and saw action
at Thompson’s Station, on March 4th & 5th. Bragg's Union Cavalry
forces, under Van Dorn, numbered nearly 18,000 strong and captured
nearly 200 men of the Regiment. The regiment was then ordered to
Brentwood Station on March 8th and saw action at Little Harpeth,
Brentwood on March 25th. The regiment, some three-hundred men, were
surrounded and unable to escape and were finally forced to surrender
to Forest. They were then transported to Richmond, Virginia and
according to their regimental history, on the following May 5th the
regiment were paroled at City Point, Virginia under a formal prisoner
exchange. Having decided he had enough, Richard deserted on May 20,
1863 from Benton Barracks at St. Louis, Missouri . As luck would have
it, he was recaptured on June 18, 1863 by one Thomas Fuller and turned
over to the Provost Marshal at Milwaukee Station, Wisconsin; forced to
resume his duties with his company.
On June 23, 1863 Jones and the 22nd were in Franklin Tennessee and
then moved on to Murfreesboro, Tennessee where they did garrison duty
until February 1864. After that they were transferred to Nashville,
Tennessee, on to Lookout Valley, Tennessee, to Atlanta, Georgia and
participated in the Battle of Resaca on May 15th and 15th. They also
participated in battles at New Hope Church, Pumpkin Vine Creak and
Dallas. On June 27th they in the assault on Kennesaw, the Siege of
Atlanta from July 22nd through August 25th, the Campaign of the
Carolinas January to April 1865, participated in the Battle of
Bentonville from March 19th through the 21st, the Occupation of
Goldsboro on March 24 and the Occupation of Raleigh on April 14th.
participating Grand Review on May 24, 1865
regiment, including Richard R. Jones,
was mustered out
June 12, 1865; although his Muster Roll records still carried his
desertion recordings. Richard was lucky; he
had no injuries, was never sick and never had any disciplinary actions
reported against him.
After leaving the military Richard made his way to Australia, and on
February 25, 1871 he married Dinah A. Williams at Ballarat, Victoria;
their first son, Walter Hall Jones, being born just over six months
later on September 4th.
Richard R. Jones died on December 20, 1927 and was buried in the
Methodist Section of Rookwood Cemetery,
Section 2, grave
number 513 in Sydney, New South Wales,
Australia; Section 10, grave number 513.
Geraldine Strey, Wisconsin Historical Society
James L. Hansen, Wisconsin Historical Society
National Archives, Microfilm Collection, Film Number M559, roll 15
National Archives, Prisoner of War Records, Washington, D.C.
National Archives, Veterans Records, Washington, D.C.
New South Wales BMD Records
“Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers: War of the Rebellion”, Authority
of the Legislature, 1886, Vol. I – III
“The Union Army, 1861 - 1865”, Frank J. Welcher, 1989
Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison Wisconsin
22nd Wisconsin Infantry Muster Rolls
22nd Wisconsin Infantry Regimental Histories