David Jones: Medal of Honor Recipient
The Good Hope Cemetery is the final resting place for veterans of many of America's wars, including David Jones. Jones earned the Medal of Honor as a member of Company I of the 54th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment in the Union Army. During Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's Vicksburg Campaign, Jones volunteered for a mission known as the "Forlorn Hope." It was the lead assault of a major attack and meant certain death or wounding for soldiers in the attacking party. Jones' Forlorn Hope was part of Grant's attempt on May 22, 1863 to storm Vicksburg's defenses and take the city, avoiding a siege. The attack did not succeed. Of the 150 soldiers who volunteered for the assault, many were killed or wounded, including Jones. After a 47 day siege, Vicksburg surrendered on July 4, 1863—the same day as the Union's victory at Gettysburg.
According to Jones' pension application "his head became badly and permanently injured from concussion of cannon fire with a storming party to capture Fort Pemberton, then held by the enemy at Vicksburg, Mississippi. The mouth of the cannon was within four or five feet of [Jones]
Erected 2010 by Fayette County Travel and Toursim and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 8-24.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients, and the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series lists.
Location. 39° 26.877′ N, 83° 22.199′ W. Marker is near Good Hope, Ohio, in Fayette County. Marker can be reached from Cemetery Road (County Route 203). marker is in Good Hope Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7000 St Rt 753 SE, Greenfield OH 45123, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wayne Township Veterans Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Mark Road Bridge (approx. 6.1 miles away); West Settlement and Abolition Lane (approx. 6.3 miles away); Greenfield Civil War Monument (approx. 6.3 miles away); B&O and DT&I Railroad Depots (approx. 6.6 miles away); Smith Tannery (approx. 6.6 miles away); Travellers Rest Inn (approx. 6.7 miles away); The C.R. Patterson & Sons Company (approx. 6.7 miles away).
Additional keywords. Medal of Honor
Credits. This page was last revised on July 8, 2018. It was originally submitted on July 29, 2017, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 155 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 29, 2017, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.