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Special Collections: Ivins Davis Jones Civil War Papers

Ivins Davis Jones Civil War Papers

About the Ivins Davis Jones Civil War Papers

This collection includes letters, sketches, newspaper clippings, forms, lists, proclamations, and other correspondences written by Ivins Davis Jones, primarily from 1861 through 1865, while Jones was serving in the cavalry in the Civil War. Most of the letters are addressed to his mother.

Ivins Davis Jones was born in Hanover Furnace, New Jersey on May 25, 1842, to Richard and Alice (Woodmansie) Jones. He graduated from Haverford College in Pennsylvania as a civil engineer in 1859. 

In July 1861, Jones volunteered for military service and was commissioned as Captain in “Halsted’s Horse,” later the 1st New Jersey Volunteer Cavalry. He rose to the rank of Major of the regiment in February 1862 after Major Henry Halsted was discharged. Under Jones’ leadership, the unit served in the Second Battle of Bull Run/Battle of Second Manassas. Next, he enlisted in the 1st Maryland Regiment Potomac Home Brigade Cavalry - Cole’s Brigade - where he served until June 28, 1865. 

Collection processed by Sophia LoPresti, Special Collections student, Spring 2022.

From the Collection

Sketch of a soldier riding on a horse laden with luggage and bedroll, done in ink on a half-size sheet of paper.

"Charlie, fitted out on his horse." Charlie was a Black man working as a servant to Jones while in the Army. (Sketch by Ivins Davis Jones, 15 March 1862.)

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While Stockton University’s Bjork Library’s Special Collection and Archives owns the collection, Stockton may not own the copyright for all of the items. Researchers wishing to reproduce materials are responsible for obtaining the proper permissions.