| St. Louis, Mo,
Oct. 29, 1864
Dear Wife and Children:
I don't want you to let this bear on your mind anymore than you can help, for you are now left to take care of my dear children. Tell them to remember their dear father. I want you to go back to the old place and try to make a support for you and the children. I want you to tell all my friends that I have gone home to rest. I want you to go to Mr. Conner and tell him to assist you in winding up your business. If he is not there get Mr. Cleveland. If you don't get this letter before St. Francis River gets up you had better stay there until you can make a crop, and you can go in the dry season. It is now half past 4 AM. I must bring my letter to a close, leaving you in the hands of God. I send you my best love and respect in the hour of death. Kiss all the children for me. You need have no uneasiness about my future state, for my faith is well founded and I fear no evil. God is my refuge and hiding place.
Gratiot Street Prison
St. Louis, Mo.
My Dear Father,
I am condemned to be shot today between the hours of two and
four o'clock PM.
in retaliation for some men shot by Reeves (Ma-
jor Wilson and
six men). I am an innocent man and it is hard to
die for anothers
sins. You can imagine my feelings when I think of
you, my wife and
children. I want my family to come back to my