I would like to thank Misty Ladd Flannigan for her permission to integrate her webpage dedicated to her ancestor, Asa Ladd, into the Missouri Division Website.
Click Below to read about Asa Ladd as well as some of his letters:
CLICK HERE to see a digitized image
of Asa Ladd's handwriting in his
letter informing his father of being condemned to death.
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SPECIAL thanks to Laverne Ladd Papworth, great-great granddaughter of Asa Ladd, for providing this image.
The letter reads:
Gratiot St. Prison
St Louis, Mo Oct 29, 1864
My Dear Father,
I am condemned to be shot today between the hours of two and four o'clock p.m.in retaliation for some men shot by Reeves (Major Wilson and six men). I am an innocent man and it is hard to die for another's sins. You can imagine my feelings when I think of you, my wife and children.I want my family to come back to my old place. If you live till peace is made, I want you to settle up and pay off all my debts. You need have no uneasiness as to my future state for my faith is well founded and I fear no evil. God is my refuge and hiding place. Meet me in Heaven