MS Am 2297
Jones, Thaddeus Asbury, 1828-1900. Thaddeus Asbury Jones papers: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: MS Am 2297
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Jones, Thaddeus Asbury, 1828-1900.
Title: Thaddeus Asbury Jones papers,
Quantity: 1 collection (1 box (.5 linear ft.)
Abstract: Letters and documents relating to American Civil War Confederate prisoner, Thaddeus
Asbury Jones and some materials concerning the Jones family of New Hampshire.
*50M-407. Deposited by Wallace St. Clair Jones, HC S.B. '05, 81 Washington Ave., Cambridge, MA; c/o William B. Berry Co., 98 North St., Boston
13, MA; received: 1951 June 27.
Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt
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Thaddeus Asbury Jones Papers (MS Am 2297). Houghton Library, Harvard University.
Thaddeus Asbury Jones was born in East Washington, New Hampshire, on March 18, 1828,
the son of Nathaniel G. Jones and Asenath Graves Jones. He eventually moved to Nashua,
New Hampshire, and worked for the Boston & Maine Railroad. During the Civil War he
served as an engineer and was taken prisoner by the Confederates in West Virginia
on October 12, 1863, having been arrested as a spy in the service of the Union forces.
He was sent to Richmond, Virginia and held for three years in Castle Thunder prison. On February 22, 1865 he was part of a prisoner exchange at Old Point Comfort
and then sent to Annapolis and on to a hospital in Washington, D.C. He eventually
secured a job as a chief engineer in Washington, a position he held until his death
on January 28, 1900. Jones was married to Emilie Magee Jones (b.1836; married in 1860)
and the donor of these papers, Wallace St. Claire Jones (b.1879), was their son.
Arranged alphabetically by author.
Collection includes letters from Jones to his wife and others while held prisoner
at Castle Thunder and documents (especially military passes) from the Civil War. Also includes: letters from others, written on his behalf, to
help Jones secure employment after the war, letters between Jones family members concerning
the war, and genealogies on the Jones extended family.
- (1). Beasley, Andrew. Letter to Wallace St. Claire Jones, 1891 Sept. 20. 1 folders
- (3). Confederate States of America. War Department. Office of the secretary of war. Military pass for Emilie Jones : AMsS, 1863 Mar. 14. 1 folders
Signed by John Archibald Campbell, CSA secretary of war.
Permission granted to pass Confederate lines to travel to Washington, D.C. from Greenbrier
Also includes additional text for pass, 1863 Apr. 23, signed by Lt. Col. Edgars and Jas. Dunlap.
- (4). Gass, John. Letter to Benjamin Brown French, 1865 Mar. 9. 1 folders
Also includes (written on verso) letter from French to J. D. DeVrees, Esq., 1865 Mar.
Concerns employment of Thaddeus Asbury Jones.
Benjamin Brown French was a New Hampshire politician, Clerk of the U.S. House of
Representatives, and Commissioner of Public Buildings in Washington, D.C.
- (5). I am still rich, Ts (carbon), 1932 summer. 1 folders
Commentary on life taken from the Bear Mountain Inn.
- (6). Jones, George S. Letters to Emilie Magee Jones, 1864-1865 and undated. 1 folders
Written while in Union army from Algiers, Louisiana; Savannah, Georgia; and Winchester, Virginia.
- (7). Jones?, George & Flora. Letter to Emilie Magee Jones, 1918 Feb. 8. 1 folders
Both address her as sister. Thank her for returning his Civil War letters to her.
- (8). Jones, Thaddeus Asbury, 1828-1900. Commentaries on his imprisonment at Castle Thunder : AMs, Ts (carbon), undated. 1 folders
- (10). Jones, Thaddeus Asbury, 1828-1900. Letters to Emilie Magee Jones, 1863-1865. 1 folders
Letters sent while a prisoner of the CSA. Emilie Jones was his wife.
- (11). Jones, Thaddeus Asbury, 1828-1900. Letter to ?, 1866. 1 folders
Drafts of letter sent to Washington, D.C., asking for employment.
- (12). Jones, Wallace St. Claire. Note on Thaddeus Asbury Jones, 1951 June 26. 1 folders
Outlines TAJ's life.
- (13). Jones family genealogies : AMs (in unidentified hand, Emma?), undated. 1 folders
- (16). Massachusetts. Office of surgeon general. Letter to Governor John Albion Andrew, 1865 Feb. 18. 1 folders
Letter recommends that Mrs. Jones (Emilie Magee Jones) be given a pass to visit her
husband in Richmond. Signed by William J. Dale, surgeon general.
On verso is an AMs note (signed) from the Governor of Massachusetts, John Albion
Andrew, forwarding the papers to allow the visit, 1865 Feb. 18.
- (17). Patterson, J. W. Letter to Charles A. Dana, U.S. assistant secretary of war, 1865 May 8. 1 folders
Concerning employment for TAJ.
- (18). Ralph C. Browne : clipping, ca. 1940-1945. 1 folders
Concerns the inventor of a device for firing mines at German U-boats.
- (19). Smoot, Willie. Letter to Wallace St. Claire Jones, 1892 Jan. 5. 1 folders
- (20). [Uncle of TAJ]. Letter possibly to government official from NH, [ca.1865-1866]. 1 folders
Letter to assist in securing employment for TAJ.
Mentions that Jones now has employment at the "National Capitol" as a "folder," but
that the salary is insufficient. Long very negative discorse about son of Samuel Clark of Concord, N.H., who is a rival for the position wanted by Jones. The uncle threatens
letter recipient with the Jones family's ability to control the Republican party caucuses
- (22). United States. Ordnance dept. Civilian personnel division. Envelope only to Wallace St. Clair Jones, 1918 Mar. 14. 1 folders