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Milo Alfred Jones

Contributed by Seward R. Osborne

Ford's Theater, Washington, DC


After President Lincoln assassination at Ford's Theatre, the government shut the theater down and put soldiers from the Invalid Corps as guards so no one could get in. It was recently reopened as a theatre.

Private Milo Alfred Jones, Company F, 120th New York Volunteer Infantry, born in Hunter, April 29, 1843, died February 25, 1903, Illinois. He is buried in Bryon Cemetery, Bryon, Illinois. Milo was wounded during the Battle of Gettysburg on July 2, 1863 and later transferred to Company C, 24th Regiment, Veteran Reserve Corps. While in the above regiment, stationed in Washington, DC, he was one of the soldiers ordered to guard Ford's Theatre.

In a letter from Milo to his sister Sarah, dated Washington, DC, April 29, 1865, he says in part; "we are still guarding Fords Theatre and have the promise of staying here as long as it has to be guarding" [ed],  "we have no drill [and] have to stand guard 6 hours out of 24".

Is he in the picture above? Who can tell!

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