John Edmondson Stephens
Brigadier General, United States Army
Edmondson “Mug” Stephens was from Nashville, Tennessee. He was born on
8 November 1874 in Brentwood, Tennessee, just 9 miles from Nashville and
was studying at Vanderbilt University when appointed to the Military Academy
in the class of 1898.
He left Vanderbilt, but finished his degree there between graduation from West Point and his first assignment. (Editor’s Note: West Point graduates did not receive college degrees until 1934.)
As an Artillery officer, Stephens served at posts across New York State before teaching mathematics at West Point from 1900-04. He then went to the Philippines and returned to the States to work in the Inspector General Department. Just prior to the war, he was Chief of the War Plans Branch of the War Plans Division.
Following this assignment, Stephens was promoted
to Brigadier General and given command of the 61st Artillery Brigade. While
in the field in France, General Stephens contracted pneumonia and died,
after a brief illness, on 4 January 1919. He was 44 years old.
I would like to commend you for your fantastic website on Arlington National Cemetery. It is wonderfully laid out and easy to use with the most interesting information and gorgeous pictures I have found.
I was doing a casual search of my Great-Grandfather's name, John Edmundson Stephens, Brigadier General, United States Army, and your site was the first that popped up. When I went to the site I was so pleasently suprised to see my Great-Grandfather's West Point portrait displayed along with information of his first son John displayed below. I do not know who put the information together, but they did a wonderful job.
However, John senior has another son buried at Arlington. Major James Richard Stephens, United States Army, is also buried there (Section 39, Site 1316) along with his wife Margaret Higgins Stephens. Major Stephens served as a POW camp commander in World War II in Epinal, France (POW Camp 451, housed mostly Italian prisoners), but also beagan his career as an enlisted Marine who served in Nicaragua in the early 1920s and "mustang'ed" his way up through the ranks, eventually moving over to the United States Army.
I would like to ask that you add the info of Major James Richard Stephens, United States Army, World War II, September 10, 1906-May 15, 1968 to the website.
Thank you so much for the informative site
you have put together and for your dedicated service to our nation.
CWO2 James E. Shelton, United States Coast Guard, March 2007
STEPHENS, JOHN E
BRIG GEN USA
DATE OF DEATH: 01/04/1919
BURIED AT: SECTION ESS SITE 18658
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
STEPHENS, JOHN EDMONDSON JR