John V. Quarstein
Director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center
About the Lecture
Catesby ap Roger Jones was one of the Civil War’s most distinguished and respected ordnance officers. His uncle was the War of 1812 naval hero Thomas ap Catesby Jones, and his father was Major General Roger ap Catesby Jones, the US Army’s Adjutant General from 1825 to 1852. Jones joined the US Navy in 1836 and became an ordnance officer. He served aboard USS Merrimack during its first cruise, joined the Confederate Navy when Virginia left the Union, and commanded CSS Virginia during that ironclad’s fight with USS Monitor. He served as Virginia’s executive officer through the May 15, 1862 Battle of Drewry’s Bluff. Jones was promoted to commander and would eventually be placed in command of the Selma Guns Works, producing much-needed Brooke rifles and shell guns for the Confederate Navy.
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Image credit: Commander Catesby ap Roger Jones, ca. 1863-1864. Courtesy Naval History and Heritage Command, NH 48723.