The Civil War in North Carolina

Reminiscences and Memoirs of North Carolina and Eminent North Carolinians

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celebrated Colonel Tarleton, who was severely cut by the sabre of William Washington. On Tarleton expressing in her presence some opprobrious remarks as to Washington, that he was an illiterate fellow, hardly able to write his name. 'Ah! colonel, you ought to know better, for you bear proof on your person that at least he knows very well how to make his mark.' Tarleton concealed his mutilated hand and changed the conversation."

        The daring and celebrated John Paul Jones, whose real name was John Paul, of Scotland, when quite young visited Mr. Willie Jones at Halifax, and became so fascinated with him and his charming wife, that he adopted this family's name. In this name (John Paul Jones) he offered his services to congress, and was made a lieutenant, December 22d, 1775, on the recommendation of Willie Jones. He became so highly distinguished that he was soon placed in command of a man-of-war, and did great damage to the English fleets and coasting trade. In one of his encounters, whilst commanding the "Bon Homme Richard," he attacked "The Serapis" and captured her, after one of the most sanguinary sea battles on record. Congress voted him a gold medal for his services, and the French King, Louis XVI., invested him with military orders and a sword.

        He was born in Scotland, 1747, and died in Paris, 1792.

        "The star spangled banner" of our nation was first displayed by Jones, on the "Alfred," in the Delaware, and to North Carolina belongs the honor of bringing his merits and genius into the service of our navy.*

        * See his life by John H. Sherburne, published in Washington, 1825; also by his neice, Miss Taylor, 1830, and by A. S. Mackensie, 1845.

        General Allan Jones, who lived at Mount Gallant, in Northampton County, near Gaston, was a brother of Willie Jones, and was distinguished for his civil as well as his military services. He married Miss Edwards, the sister of Isaac Edwards, the secretary of the colony under Governor Tryon. He was, like his distinguished brother, educated at Eton, in England, and like him, devoted to the cause of his country. He was appointed a brigadier-general by the legislature in 1776, and a member of the continental congress at Philadelphia, 1779,-'80. From 1784 to '87, he represented Northampton County in the senate of the state, and in the next year he was a member of the convention, that met at HillsboroIIillsboro, to consider the constitution. On this occasion, and in political matters, he differed from his brother, he inclining to the federal party, and advocating a strong federal government, while Willie was the sturdy advocate of state rights; he died in 1798.

        Cadwallader Jones, for a long time a resident of Hillsboro, was the son of Cadwallader Jones and Mary Pride, of Virginia. He married Rebecca Edwards Long, daughter of Lunsford Long, the son of Nicholas Long, and the granddaughter of Allan Jones, son of Robin.

        He was universally beloved for his kindly disposition and generous bearing. Although popular, he seemed to have avoided the enticements of politics, as I do not find his name among the members of the legislature or of congress, and yet from his abilities and acquirements, he would have been an ornament to either body.

        In his younger days he served as a midshipman in the United States Navy, and was on board the Chesapeake when she was attacked by the Leopard, which brought on the war of 1812 with England. He exchanged the navy for the army and attained the rank of major.

        After the war he devoted himself to agriculture, and was useful to the state as a member of the board of internal improvements.

        Mr. Cadwallader Jones, jr., was born at Mount Gallant, in Northampton County, and was liberally educated. He graduated at the
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