Dedication Ceremony for Captain Alonzo Newton's Tombstone
1 Oct 2017
The Dedication Ceremony of the military tombstone for Captain Alonzo Newton was October 1, 2017, at 2 p.m., at Oakwood Cemetery, Macon, MO. Descendents of Captain Alonzo Newton, American Legion Post 57 Bucklin MO Color Guard, Tent 23 sisters, and guests attended the Dedication Ceremony of this Civil War soldier who died 100 years ago.
The dedication ceremony opened with the song, “America”, sung by the Nelson Family, who are the great-great-great-
The draped tombstone was uncovered by Alonzo’s great-granddaughter and Tent 23 sister, Marianne Nelson; and great-great-grandsons, Mark, Greg & Chris Nelson. Great-granddaughter, Marianne Nelson, read a tribute honoring Alonzo Newton. Alonzo was a Captain in Company H, 107th Illinois Infantry. He had formed a glee club which performed at the Lincoln-Douglas debates. Alonzo soon became a close personal friend of Abraham Lincoln.
A second patriotic song, “God Bless the USA”, was sung by the Nelson Family.