Asa Valentine “Acey” Ladd

Asa Valentine “Acey” Ladd

Wayne County, Missouri, USA
Death 29 Oct 1864 (aged 34)
St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Burial Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
Plot Section 20, Grave 4608
Memorial ID 19380 · View Source
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Civil War Confederate Army Solider. Served in Company A, 4th Missouri (CSA) Cavalry (known as Burbridge's Cavalry). He was one of six Confederate prisoners of war executed by the Union Army to avenge the death of Major James Wilson and his six man patrol, who were massacred by Confederate guerrillas under the command of Major Timothy Reeves during the Battle of Pilot Knob. (bio by: Connie Nisinger)


St. Louis, MO
October 29, l864

Dear Wife and Children:

I take my penn with trembling hand to inform you that I have to be shot between two and four o'clock this evening. I have but a few hours to remain in this unfriendly world. I want you to meet me in heaven. There is six of us to die in a room of six union soldiers that was shot by Reeves men. My dear wife, don't grieve after me, I want you to meet me in heaven. I want you to teach the children piety, so that they may meet me at the right hand of God. I can't tell you my feelings. When you hear of my fate, I don't want you to let this bare on your minds any more than you can help, for you are now left to take care of my six dear children. Tell them to remember their dear father. I want you to go back to the old home place, and try to make a support f or you and the children. I want you to tell my friends that I have gone home to rest. I want you to go to Mr. Connor and tell him to assist you in winding up your business. If he is not there, go to Mr. Cleveland. If you don't get this letter before the St. Frances river gets up you had better stay there until you can go in the dry season.

It is now half past four a.m. I must bring my letter to a close, leaving you in the hands of God. I send you my best love and respects in the hour of death. Kiss all the children for me. You need no uneasiness about my future state, for my faith is well founded and I fear no evil, God to my refuge and hiding place.

Good bye Amy,

Acey Ladd

. (last letter of Asa Ladd:
. posted by William Dunavin.
. Trying to leave the letter
. as close to the state it
. was recieved in.)

Bio by: Connie Nisinger

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Gravesite Details * Credit must go to "Connie Nisinger" as she had maintained this record for a long time. Thank you Connie! *



  • Maintained by: Johnny Reb
  • Added: 4 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19380
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Asa Valentine “Acey” Ladd (23 Nov 1829–29 Oct 1864), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19380, citing Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Johnny Reb (contributor 47960385) .