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Civil War Archive of Jacob Kimberlin Lonas (earlier spelling Lones), Sergeant/Captain, 4th TN Infantry which later became the 1st TN Cavalry. He was born on July 18, 1842 to Charles and Rebecca Lones, the first of nine children. The Lones' were a prominent Knoxville family that originally moved to the area in the 1770's. Military biography (courtesy: Record Group 94 and Dyer, pp 1636-1637): Lones enlisted in the Union Army on April 1, 1862 at the age of 19. Commissioned Captain by the Governor of Tennessee on February 1, 1864, Lones saw action during the Tullahoma Campaign, Chickamauga, Sparta, East Tennessee Campaign, New Hope Church, Allatoona Hills, Kenesaw Mountain, the Siege of Atlanta, the Raid on Atlanta and West Point Railroad, Franklin, Nashville, Pursuit of Hood, and the expedition into Mississippi. Jacob died on February 7, 1929 and is buried in Berry Highland Memorial Cemetery. Archive includes two tintypes, one of Jacob and one of Jacob as a captain with two members of his company, Jacob's tan colored captain's epaulette, letters, books, and documents spanning from before the Civil War until the 1920's. Notable letters dating from the Civil War include a report from Jacob to Lieutenant Thurman that details how certain members of his command were wounded or killed in combat, dated January 23, 1865, Waterloo, Alabama. Jacob writes "1st Lut John Roberts wounded near Lovejoy Station Ga on the 29th of July and dies at Jonesborou (sic) Ga August 1st 64 of wound" and "Privat (sic) James L Smith killed near Linville Tenn Dec 24th 1864." One letter, dated March 31st 1865 addressed from Lones to Nashville, TN, provides a brief history of the Command of Co C First Regiment Tennessee Cavalry Vols. Another letter, dated March 30th 1864, Knoxville, TN, addressed from F.W. Reith Lt. Col. Commanding to Guards and Prikits (sic) stating "will pass Luiet (sic) Lones through the lines until the 3rd of April." Also included is Lones' copy of the New Testament, New York: American Bible Society, 1846, inscribed "J.K. Lones April 1862" on front page. Tucked into the bible is a handwritten note from R. Lones (probably his mother, Rebecca Lones) with two copies of a list of seven behaviors to uphold as a good Christian. The majority of the Civil War era documents are Quartermaster invoices completed by Jacob, starting 1863 and ending 1866, detailing the receipt and return of supplies. Also included are Muster Rolls and Payroll forms, ca. 1864-1867. Several copies of Jacob's Pension statements, dating from 1862-1925, are present in the archive. Documents pertaining to Jacob's wife, Pauline Lones nee Sharp, and her family are also included in the archive. One letter is dated July 24, 1860, from John Baxter, written by J.M. Fleming, to the Honorable Seth J.W. Lucky Chancellor & C., sitting in Chancery at Knoxville, TN. In the letter Baxter is "humbly complaining" that a few months back he gave Andrew Sharp, the father of Pauline Lones, $5900 with which to purchase a "family of Negroes from one McMahem of Sevier County…" but this deal allegedly did not follow through as planned. The letter specifies amounts paid for expenses related to the slave trade, such as "…$1200…in the purchase of one Negro man…" and "…$30 per month for the labour (sic) of [a] Negro while in their employ." Baxter does state at the end of the letter that Andrew Sharp should not be held responsible for the debt and Baxter asks his Honor for an injunction. Also included are love letters sent to Jacob by Pauline ca. 1870-1890, journal entries/essays by Pauline ca. 1868, several school "rewards" given to Pauline ca. 1861, newspaper clippings, postcards, and wedding invitations received by the couple after they were married on January 31, 1871. A copy of Jacob's will, dated January 14, 1899, is also present. In the will, Jacob appoints his wife as executor and primary benefactor. It describes property he owned in Knoxville, "including a livery stable on Henly (sic) Street South on Clinch Street and bounded by Sharp on the North and running back 130 feet, to an Alley being the same property, purchased from B.P. Flenniken…" Another notable letter from the archive is dated August 7, 1918, and was written by Sgt. L.L. Lones to Jacob K. Lones, his uncle, addressed "Some where is France." Responding to a letter from his uncle, he spends the majority of the letter asking about members of his family and his home. The bottom of the letter is marked in purple pencil that it has been censored. The letter is in a "Soldier's Mail" envelope with a "Passed by Censor No. 6376" stamp on the middle left of the envelope. A number of other letters, mementos, including a late 19th century photograph album, checks, a 1865 copy of the History of the First Regiment of Tennessee Cavalry by William Thurman, Louisville, KY Hart & Mapother Printers, etc., are also included in the archive. CONDITION: Overall good condition with some toning and losses along fold lines and at corners/edges. Thurman book and photo album have considerable binding wear and losses (and Thurman book lacks cover).