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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2297

Thaddeus Asbury Jones papers


Letters and documents relating to American Civil War Confederate prisoner, Thaddeus Asbury Jones and some materials concerning the Jones family of New Hampshire.


  • 1863-1926

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.5 linear feet (1 box)
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.

Biographical / Historical

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.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*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.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt
Link to catalog
Jones, Thaddeus Asbury, 1828-1900. Thaddeus Asbury Jones papers: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

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