On the morning of Oct. 24, 1862, Osage, Delaware, Shawnee and other Indians attacked the Wichita Agency and the Tonkawa tribe camping nearby. Jones believed the friendly tribes such as the Caddo would warn them of a raid, but the Caddo betrayed them all. Jones barely managed to escape with the clothes on his back. Roughly 150 Tonkawa died in the assault. The massacre was in retribution for the way the Tonkawa had switched to the Texans' side. These friendly Indians helped settlers and acted as scouts for both the U.S. Army and Texas Rangers. The massacre was the worst in Indian Territory. Jones and the settlers all headed south for Texas, and luckily, the Indians continued north. Jones fell on hard times after the agency was destroyed, losing $1,800 in personal belongings and gear when the agency was burned. Fortunately, he became an interpreter at Fort Arbuckle and later at Fort Sill, achieving favorite status with the enlisted men as well as officers. He was addressed as Col. Jones out of respect for his abilities as a scout and outdoors man. During his career as a scout/interpreter, Jones took part in several historic moments. When Cynthia Ann Parker was recovered by Capt. Sul Ross and his men in 1860, Jones helped her remember that her name was Cynthia, and coaxed out vague recollections of her white family. Toward the end of his career in 1871, Jones talked with Satanta at Fort Sill after the chief had boasted of attacking and killing teamsters and stealing their mules in Young County. He also helped Gen. Tecumsah Sherman determine who led the Warren Wagon Massacre so that arrests were made. Phillip Sheridan, general-in-chief of the U.S. Army during the Indian Wars, considered Jones top-notch. He intervened on Jones' behalf when he heard that his favorite scout's salary was cut in half by a state inspector. Sheridan ordered Jones' original salary restored in combination with all of his forfeited back pay. Throughout his career as a scout and interpreter, Jones had many narrow escapes but died a natural death. The outstanding scout/interpreter was buried at the Fort Sill Military Cemetery with all the honors befitting a colonel.