TWO CDVS OF 4TH NEW YORK HEAVY ARTILLERY OFFICER KILLED IN ACTION

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This is a small lot of two CDVs of Captain D. K. Smith Jones, one image is of him as a civilian and one in the uniform of a Lieutenant.

The first image is a full-standing view of Jones in a dark civilian suit. He is posed with one hand resting on the back of a chair. The image is clear and clean with good contrast and looks to be wartime or just before. The reverse has a photographer’s imprint for L. R. Brone… N.Y.

The second image is similar to the first but it shows Jones in the uniform of a 2nd Lieutenant. He is posed with his right hand resting on a table and the other behind his back. Next to his hand on the table is his forage cap with crossed cannons and the number “4” on the front. Jones is wearing a dark frock coat with 2nd Lieutenant shoulder straps and light trousers with a thin leg stripe. At his waist is a sash, waist belt with rectangular plate and a Model 1850 Foot Officer’s sword. Jones appears to be wearing gauntlets but upon closer inspection it is shown that he is wearing rather unusual white cuffs. The image is clear and bright with good contrast. The reverse is blank.

The ID of both CDVs is confirmed by numerous on-line images.

D. K. Smith Jones was 24 years old when he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in Battery D, 4th New York Heavy Artillery on January 9, 1862. The regiment was assigned to the 22nd Corps and the defenses of Washington, D. C. While here Jones was promoted to 1st Lieutenant on July 1, 1862 and to Captain on May 30, 1863.

In March of 1864 the regiment was transferred to The Army of the Potomac where it took part in Grant’s Overland Campaign. On June 17, 1864 during the early stages of the Petersburg Campaign Captain Jones was killed in action. The following account of his death comes from the book "Heavy Guns and Light: A History of the 4th New York Heavy Artillery"

"Their sharpshooters were consequently on the alert, and Captain Jones had given positive orders that not one of the men should show his head above the breastworks. Says Sergeant H. P. Burnell ‘I had charge of the ammunition for the mortars. Captain Jones and I were sitting on the ammunition box conversing, when a brigade, I think of the Ninth Corps, made a charge just to our left, shifting over to our front. They were repulsed and driven back on to our battery. Captain Jones arising, hastily said, "Sergeant, hand me a fifteen and a half second fuse, I am going to give them a shell!" As he uttered the words a bullet struck him in the left temple and came out by his right ear. He dropped, quivered a minute, perhaps, and all was over.’ John H. Mead, of Company D, says: ‘One other man and myself worked the right gun of the section that day. In going to the ammunition box for a fuse I found the captain dead.’ Corporal Sylvester Simpson states that he helped carry him to the rear, where he was buried in a garden. Lieutenant Bradt subsequently had the remains taken up and carried to his former home at Saratoga.”

Captain Jones’ body was eventually laid to rest in Burnt Hills Cavalry Episcopal Church Cemetery in Saratoga County, New York.

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