"I am an invisible man. No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allan Poe; nor am I one of your Hollywood-movie ectoplasms. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids--and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me."

 - Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man"

Maj. George W. Ford and Harriett Bythewood

Major George Ford

Photo of an older Maj. George Ford. George Ford was the youngest child born on the Mount Vernon Plantation to William and Priscella Ford in 1847. Major Ford was educated on the Mount Vernon...

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Spinning Room Mount Vernon Plantation

Major George Ford was born in the room above the spinning room on the Mount Vernon Plantation.

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West Ford

A drawing of West Ford around 60 years old by journalist/artist Benson Lossing at the Mount Vernon Plantation in 1859 from the Harper's New Monthly Magazine.  In Lossing...

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Venus

Venus was a handmaid on the Bushfield Plantation.  Bushfield was owed by John Augustine Washington, a brother of George Washington.  As a child, Venus' mother, Jenny, was the...

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William Ford

William Ford, son of West Ford and father of Major George Ford.  William married Henrietta Bruce and the couple had four children: George, John, Constance, and Hannah. William was the...

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List of 10th Calvary Soldiers Company L

This is the list of the men who joined the 10th Calvary Company L with Major George Ford.  

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Major George Ford

Photo of Major George Ford in his military uniform.  He was a Quartermaster Sergeant when he was honorably discharged on September 11, 1876, from the 10th Calvary. He was commended in...

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Enlistment Document 10th Calvary

Copy of Major Ford's enlistment contract when he joined the 10th Calvary. 

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Major Ford's Enlistment Info.

Form detailing the enlistment of Major George Ford. U.S., 10th Calvary, Returns from Regulary Army Calvary Regiments 1866-1916.

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Reinlistment into the 10 Calvary

Major George Ford did two tours with the 10th Calvary. This document shows his reinlistment on September 11, 1872.

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Major George. W. Ford, 23rd Kansas

Photo of Major George W. Ford in full military attire in the 23rd Kansas Volunteers, with the rank of Major during the Spanish-American War. He became personal friends with Teddy Roosevelt...

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Enlistment to 23rd Kansas Volunteers

Photo of the enlistment document of Major George Ford into the 23rd Kansas Volunteers during the Spanish American War.

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23rd Kansas Volunteers

Major George Ford's Unit iin the 23rd Kansas Volunteers.  For more information visit:...

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Maj. Ford's Home at Cemetery

This is a front view photo of the home of Maj. George Ford on the Camp Butler National Cemetery grounds where he and his family lived. The house has been remodeled to what it appears to today...

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Maj. Ford's Home at Cemetery, side

A side view photo of the home on Camp Butler National Cemetery that Major Ford lived on when he moved to Springfield, Illinois in 1906.

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George and Harriet Ford

Photo of George and Harriet Ford at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois. In June 1938, his portrait was placed in the archives at Leavenworth, Kansas as the last lone survior...

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Newspaper Article on Maj. George Ford

Title: From Mount Vernon to Springfield, Illinois Register, 1937.

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Major George Ford Through the Years

A college of the distinquished Major George Ford through the years until is death at the age of 91, by Angela Allen Henry.

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Men of the Month Mention, Maj. George Ford

Major George Ford is mentioned in article "Men of the Month."

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Letter to W.E.B. Du Bois

A letter dated in 1918 from George Ford to his friend, W.E.B. Du Bois.  Major Ford served on the Army Navy Committee with Dr. Du Bois in the Niagara Movement, the percursor to the NAACP....

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