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Roger Jones

Born: Feb 25, 1831

Death: Jan 26, 1889

Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

Nationality: United States

Roger Jones

Date of Birth : Feb 25, 1831
Date of Death : Jan 26, 1889
Birth Place : Washington, D.C.

Roger Jones 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, 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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