John Beauchamp Jones
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States (Confederate States, 1861-5)
Date of Birth: 1810
Date of Death: 1866
Cause of Death: Natural causes, including malnutrition
Occupation: Author of Fiction, journalist, editor, government clerk
Parents: Joshua Jones
Spouse: Frances Custis
Children: Custis, Frances
Turtledove Appearances:
The Guns of the South
POD: January 17, 1864
Type of Appearance: Direct
Nationality: Confederate States
John Beauchamp Jones (March 6, 1810 – February 4, 1866) was an American writer whose books enjoyed popularity during the mid 19th century. Jones was a popular novelist (particularly of the American West and the American South) and a well-connected literary editor and political journalist in the two decades leading up to the American Civil War. During the war, he worked as a clerk in the Confederate War Department in Richmond, Virginia. His diary of those years was published shortly after his death.

John Beauchamp Jones in The Guns of the SouthEdit

In 1864, during the Second American Revolution, Robert E. Lee was directed to Colonel Custis Lee's office by John Beauchamp Jones. Upon finishing his business and returning to the foyer, General Lee overheard Jones telling another clerk how Jones' son Custis kept a pet parrot which was eating the family's precious ration of meat. Lee was reminded of his own household's troublesome pet, Custis Morgan the squirrel.[1]

Jones still worked at the War Department in 1865, the year after the Revolution ended.[2]


  1. The Guns of the South, chapter 3.
  2. Ibid., p. 345.