Roger Jones (Inspector General)

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Roger Jones
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Roger Jones
Born(1831-02-25)February 25, 1831
Washington, D.C.
DiedJanuary 26, 1889(1889-01-26) (aged 57)
Fort Monroe, Virginia
Place of Burial
Years of service1851–1889
RankUnion Army brigadier general rank insignia.svgBrigadier General
Commands heldInspector General of the U.S. Army

Roger Jones (February 25, 1831–January 26, 1889) served as Inspector General of the U.S. Army from 1888 to 1889. His father by the same name served as Adjutant General of the U.S. Army from 1825 to 1852.

Jones, a cousin of Robert E. Lee,[1] graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1851 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the cavalry, serving in New Mexico, where he participated in the Gila Expedition. In 1861 while serving on recruiting duty at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, he was ordered to take a detachment of recruits to Harpers Ferry, Virginia to protect the arsenal there from being taken by approaching Virginia militiamen. Unable to defend against an overwhelming force, he ordered the weapons and stores be destroyed, and retreated into Pennsylvania.

Jones spent the remainder of his career in various recruiting, quartermaster and inspector general roles, becoming Inspector General of the U. S. Army in 1888, he died the next year and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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  1. ^ Bruce Catton (1961), The Coming Fury, 1967 reprint, New York: Pocket Books, Ch. 5, "Into the Unknown", Sec. 6, "The Coming of the Fury", p. 336, ISBN 0-671-46989-4 .


  • Association of Graduates (1889). Twentieth Annual Reunion of the Association of Graduates of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, June 12, 1889. East Saginaw, Michigan: Evening News. pp. 74–77.
  • Clary, David A.; Whitethorne, Joseph W. A. (1987). The Inspectors General of the United States Army, 1777-1903. Washington, D.C.: U. S. Army Center of Military History. pp. 212–213.
  • Cullum, George W. (1891). Biographical Register of the Officers and Graduates of the United States Military Academy, Volume II. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company. pp. 466–467.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Absalom Baird
Inspector General of the U. S. Army
August 20, 1888-January 26, 1889
Succeeded by
Joseph C. Breckinridge