Historical Rosters Database

Search | Browse by Name | Browse by Class

Details for Roster ID 1677

This is a summary. Contact the Archives for additional biographical information.

Name:Thomas Goode Jones
Affiliation:Class of 1864
Biography & Genealogy:Thomas Goode Jones, Class of 1864. Genealogy: Born- Nov. 26, 1844 near Macon, Ga. Father- Samuel Goode Jones; Mother- Martha Ward Goode. Paternal Grandfather- Dr. Thomas Williamson Jones of Lawrenceville, Brunswick Co., VA; Paternal Grandmother- Mary Armistead Goode of Mecklenburg Co., VA. Maternal Grandfather- Dr. Thomas Goode of Hot Springs, Bath Co., VA; Maternal Grandmother- Mary Ann Knox. Married Georgena Caroline Bird (b. 1846, m. 1866 December, d. 1921). Issue: Marshall Bird Jones; Caroline Bird Jones; Gordon Houston Jones; Thomas Goode Jones; Samuel Goode Jones; Walter Burgwyn Jones; Netta Sampson Jones (Mrs. Griffin); Georgena Moore Jones (Mrs. Owen); Martha Goode Jones (Mrs. Thomas Cohoon). VMI Record: Entered VMI- Aug. 17, 1860; Left in fall of 1862 to join Confederate forces; Made Honorary Graduate of the Class of 1864 on July 2, 1869. Military Record: Left on guard duty at VMI in April, 1861; Later joined the Corps of Cadets as a Drill Master in Richmond in Spring of 1861; Enlisted Oct. 17, 1862 at Montgomery, Ala. In Co. K of 53rd Ala.; promoted to 1st Sgt.; Appointed 1st Lieut. and Aide-De-Camp to then Brig. Gen. J. B. Gordon on April 23, 1863; on Gordon's staff rest of the war; Wounded in action at Spotsylvania Court House, Second Kernstown, Hare's Mill, and Thompson's Station; Conspicuous in attack on Fort Stedman in March, 1865. Unofficial source says promoted to Capt. In 1863 and to Major in 1864. No official records of such promotions found. Some sources say he carried one of four flags of truce at Appomattox and that the note he carried was the one that reached Lt. Gen. U. S. Grant and led to the cease fire; Paroled at Appomattox in 1865. Careers: Lawyer- admitted to the Bar in 1866; Editor for Montgomery "Daily Picayune"; Reporter for Alabama Supreme Court, 1870-80; Member of Montgomery Board of Aldermen 1875-84; Col. of 2nd Alabama State Troops 1880-90; Representative of Montgomery Co. in Ala. House of Reps. 1884-88; Speaker of the House 1886-88; Gov. of Alabama 1890-94; Member of Ala. Constitutional Convention in 1901; Appointed Judge for U.S. District Court for North and Middle Alabama in 1901. Died- April 28, 1914 in Montgomery, Ala.; Buried at Oakwood Cemetery there.