Stop 8: William Jones

Jones Grave

Grave of William Jones.

Grave #2448

Ireland native William Jones of the 73rd New York was killed in action May 12, 1864 at Spotsylvania.  After his death, he was awarded the Medal of Honor for capturing the flag of the 65th Virginia during the Battle of Spotsylvania.  He is one of two Medal of Honor recipients buried in the Fredericksburg National Cemetery; the other is Lieutenant Colonel Edward Hill in grave #6640 who was awarded the medal for his actions at Cold Harbor.  Interestingly, there was no 65th Virginia present at the Battle of Spotsylvania; it is possible that the regimental number or even the deed was misreported after the battle.