Courier-Journal 7 April 1898
LIEUT. JOHN B. "MILTON, TJ. S. N. 15 c .S- : ; " ' " - I-. ,3- ' ' ' K i " Y " ;'r -I " ' . s i i.-' - t---v; - 1 In the dispatches yesterday It waa stated that Lieut. John B. Milton, who has had charge of the naval observatory at Mare Island for several years, left San Francisco on Tuesday night with orders to report at the Brooklyn navy yard for active duty. 1-ieut. Milton is well' known In Kentucky. He Is the youngest son of the venerable Bushrod Taylor Milton, who was for thirty years City Treasurer of Lexington, and who has been an rider In the First Presbyterian church of that city for more than fifty years. Although he is now hi his ninety-first year. Mr.,Mil-ton Is ren.arkably active and has recently taken a trip to the South and returned by himself to Henderson, Ky., where he is now living with his married daughter. Mr. Milton Is an exceedingly popular man and his son has many of hia father- fine qualltk-s, which have made him one of the best-known men in the service. I.ieut. Milton wss appointed a cadet at Annapolis In 1S68 from Jessamine county, when he was seventeen years old. by Representative Shanklin. After hia graduation from the Naval Academy and a few years' service on the sea. he was promoted to a Ueutenancy in ISTM. Since then he has served in varicus capacities, having been for three years an instructor at the Academy, and later was put In charge of the Western Coast Survey. He established the llydrographlo Office at San Francisco and has been in charge of It uutll the present time. I.ieut. Milton recently wrote to his brother, Mr. William A. Milton, of W. B. Belknap ac Co.. that he was anxious to be again In active service. Mr. William A. Milton was himself a gallant Confederate soldier, serving through the war under Morgan, until captured and confined In prison at Chicago. He talks entertainingly of the war when the subject Is Introduced, and in the event of a war with Spain would like nothing better than to head a volunteer regiment, helping to defend the flag on land while hla brother serves his country on board one of the battleship of th United State. Lieut. Milton is an uncle of Mrs. Bruce Haldemnn and Mrs. Edward J. Watklns.