Catesby ap Roger Jones served in both the U.S. Navy and the Confederate
Appointed Acting Midshipman June 18, 1836.
Macedonian Nov. 16,1836-May 4, 1837.
Under Commodore Warrington at age 15. See the image of the Macedonian to the right.
The ReliefMay 4, 1837-June 2, 1837.
Under Commodore Thomas ap Catesby Jones (his uncle), a number of smaller
boats took a practice cruies beyond the capes from Hampton Roads.
Macedonian Jun 2, 1837-December 21, 1837
Cruised from Hampton Roads to New York. See the image of the Macedonian to the right.
Columbia December 21, 1837-March, 1840
Under Commodore Warrington, sailed from Hampton Roads on May 6, 1838 to
the Island of Madeiro, Rio Janeiro, Bombay, Columbo, Singapore, Valparaiso,
Callao (Feb. 28, 1840).
Shark March, 1840-September 30, 1840
Under Lieutenant-Commodore A. Bigalow, sailed along the west coast of Peru
USS Constitution September
30, 1840-October 31, 1841 Old Ironsides, a 44-gun frigate built in 1797, under the command of Captain Daniel Turner and Commodore Alexander Claxton (commander of the Pacific Squadron, died 7 Feb 1841), Returned to Hampton Roads. See a summary of the log from 2 March 1839 - 16 May 1841 and from 17 May 1841 - 12 Nov 1841.
Flirt September, 1842-??
Under Lieutenant Powell, surveyed Tampa Bay.
Oregon ??-July, 1843
Under Lieutenant Powell, landed at Havana and Key West before continuing
to survey Tampa Bay and other Florida bays.
Depot of Charts October 6, 1843-October 24, 1843
Perry October 24, 1843-August 5, 1844.
Served as Lieutenant under Captain Dupont. Traveled to Rio Janiero, Cape
Town, East Indian ports, and Hong Kong.
August 5, 1844-September 19, 1845
Under Commodore F.A. Parker, traveled from Hong Kong to Macao, Sandwich
Islands, Society Islands, and Valparaiso.
Surveyed the coast April 16, 1846-November 13, 1846
U.S.S. Ohio November 13, 1846-?? A history of the Ohio. Another history of the Ohio.
This was during the Mexican War (1846-1848). Served as Acting Master. It went from Boston (December 1846) to Rio de Janeiro (August 1847), [Thomas ap Catesby Jones arrives in Valparaiso in Dec. 1847 to take command of the Ohio, raising his pennant 21 Jan 1848.] Valparaiso (January 1848), Callao (February 1848), Mazatlan (May 1848) [the ship had gone here to blockade, but the war was over by the time it arrived], La Paz (July 1848), Guaymas (Aug 1848), Monterey, CA (October 1848), Sausalito (November 1848).
Warranted Master on September 14, 1848. Promoted to Lieutenant on May
12, 1849. Promoted to Commissioned Lieutenant on June 5, 1849.
U.S.S. St. Mary's ??-June 17, 1850
(He isn't on the St. Mary in April 1849 and first writes in her log on Oct. 18, 1849. Gene Smith (in his book on Thomas ap Catesby Jones) indicates that Catesby ap Roger Jones was on the St. Mary's in the spring of 1849 surveying the harbors in SF Bay, but I've seen no other evidence.)
An artist's conception (in 1852) of what Commodore Perry's Japanese Squadron would look like. The St Mary's is the largest ship (3rd from the left). While scheduled to join the squadron, the St. Mary's
did not participate in the Perry Expedition to Japan..
The image was provided by Baxley Stamps, which buys and sells material related to Perry's Japan trip. Please visit that site for information regarding purchasing the original publications.
See also Ships of the World and this image and these images.
On leave in Europe April 15, 1851-July, 1852
Wounded by two shots by French troops during a civic upheaval in Paris.
Lost his forefinger on his left hand and nearly lost his life.
Special duty in France July 17, 1852
Ordered to return to the U.S.
Ordnance duty, Navy
Yard, Washington, D.C. February 28, 1853-February 5, 1856.
Worked with Dahlgren to introduce the Dahlgren gun.
U.S.S. Merrimack February 5, 1856-April 3, 1857.
Originally the ordnance officer because he was the only man besides Dahlgren
that was familiar with the three Dahlgren guns on the Merrimack, he became the watch officer on March 27, 1856. See the image to the right.
Plymouth April 3, 1857-August 2, 1858 Executive Officer on this ordnance steamer. In the image of Perry's fleet above, the Plymouth is the second largest ship, fifth from the left.
Caledonia November 12, 1858-November 2, 1859
He was the ordnance officer on a Paraguay expedition.
Resigned his commision from the U.S. Navy April 17, 1861 This was the day that Virginia, his home state, voted to secede. He wrote his resignation in the office of Virginia Governor Lechter that night.
Appointed as Captain of the Virginia Navy April 18, 1861
Aide-de-camp of Major General Walter Gwynn, commander of forces in Norfolk Harbor, April 24, 1861
Transfered with the Virginia Navy to the Confederate Navy, to hold same rank as in USN (Lieutenant) June 11, 1861
Jamestown Island April 29, 1861- July??, 1861. Appointed by General Robert E. Lee to be in command of the fortification and batteries in the fortification on Jamestown Island. Com. Maury assists in May. (MoC has letter from him to Capt. Henry Harrison Cocke re the condition of the battery.)
Tested armored shields for the Virginia on Jamestown Island until Nov. 1861.
CSS Virgina Nov. 9, 1861-May 10, 1862
Catesby ap Roger Jones was the senior officer of the Virginia untiil Captain (later Admiral) Buchanan was appointed Flag Officer of the James River Squadron on Feb. 24, 1862, and arrived to take the Virginia as his flagship on Feb. 25, 1862. Executive and Ordnance Officer under Buchanan (picture
from LOC), and because of an injury to the Admiral on March 8, 1862, commanded
the CSS Virginia (a rebuilt USS Merrimack) in the famous
battle of the first Ironclads against the USS Monitor on March 9 at Hampton Roads. He again was the senior officer until Captain Josiah Tattnall was appointed on March 29 as the Flag Officer of the James River Squadron.
Scuttles the Virginia May 10, 1862
With the approach of the enemy troops, Norfolk was being evacuated. The
Virginia could not be made light enough to go up the James River.
To prevent its capture, the Virginia was run ashore in the bight
of Carney Island and set afire.
Relieved from the Navy Works in Charlotte, N.C. Replaced by his uncle, Richard L. Page. Appointed to command the Naval Foundry and Ordnance Works, SelmaMay 9, 1863 - April, 1865
The Selma Naval
Foundry supplied armor and cannon to the Confederate Naval. This ordnance
allowed the Confederate ships to fight with the more numerous federal ships.
Upon orders, Jones disassembled the machinery of the foundry and took it away before Selma was captured.
On March 23, 1865, Catesby Jones married Gertrude Tartt in the Mabry Home in Selma.
He left Selma with the machinery, records, and supplies, along with his wife, Lt. Simms and his wife and other employees on the Black Diamond a few days before Selma fell to Union troops on April 2, 1865. They went down the Alabama River, to the Tombigbee River and then to a point above Gainesville, to the Tartt's Bodka Plantation.