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Joseph Jones MD Joseph Jones the descendant of a prominent Southern family was born in Liberty County Georgia on 6 September 1833 to Charles Colcock and Mary Sharpe Jones Since education was such a high priority of the family Joseph began his college career at South Carolina College and then transferred to his fathers alma mater Princeton After graduating from Princeton in 1853 Jones enrolled into the medicine program at the University of Pennsylvania from which he received his MD degree in 1856 After graduation from Medical School Jones taught at several colleges including Savannah Medical College University of Georgia and the Medical College of Georgia It was at the University of Georgia that Jones met Caroline Smelt Davis The two fell in love and on 26 October 1859 the couple exchanged vows at the brides home In addition to teaching during the regular school year Jones did much research during the summer However these teaching positions paid very little and consequently Jones teaching career was bothered by his constant money problems As a way to supplement his teaching income Jones enlisted in Georgias Liberty Independent Troop at the rank of Private His act of enlisting was questioned by friends and family and a close family friend advised Jones not to expose all of that skill and science which he has acquired to be a mark for a sharpshooter Jones didnt remain at the rank of Private for long because on October 21 Jones was appointed surgeon of the Liberty Independent Troop It was his job to take care of the men and slaves of his troop as well as their families In this position the most common afflictions that were treated in his troop were typhoid fever malaria intestinal disorders and childrens diseases After proving to be such a competent surgeon within his troop Jones was promoted to the rank of full time surgeon in the Confederate Army in
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