Letters between James Read Jones, his wife Achsah Gilbert Pleas Jones, and various friends and other members of their family. The complete, numbered letters appear first (Letters 1-169), followed by incomplete letters (Loose 1-51). Biographical information about the Jones family is at the end of the letter collection (Documents 1-5). The numbered letters are roughly grouped--first are James Read Jones's letters, and then Achsah Gilbert Pleas Jones's letters. Most of the letters date from 1861-1862, when James Read Jones served in the Union army (Company E, 36th Regiment, Indiana Infantry).