Private Alfred (Alonzo) M Stilson
Born in Connecticut April 7 1839, parents David and Deborah Merritt Stilson, brother of
James B Stilson, a shoemaker, 22, enlisted for three years in Co D 40 N Y Infantry in
Yonkers on June 14 1861.
Five months later, November 24, he died in an army hospital in Alexandria, Va of
typhoid and diphtheria. In Army parlance, he ''was mustered out." He is credited with
fighting at Bull Run in July.
He was buried at St Stephen's on December 10 1861 and has a government head
stone. It is 8612 on its W.P.A. location
Although his gravestone reads Albert Stilson, all of his records read Alonzo.
It seems likely that the inscription on his stone is incorrect.
The 1860 census showed that he and his wife, Mary, had married within the last year
and they were living in ward 19, district 1, New York City. Sharing the apartment were
James Thompson, 40, born in Ireland, and his wife Phebe,37. It is apparent that this is
the same James Thomson, who on the same day also enlisted in 40 NY infantry in
Yonkers on June 14 1861, and who is buried adjacent to Alonzo's plot in St Stephen's.