Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa
Thursday, March l9, l903

The following letter received by Postmater Ledgerwood is of interest to our Grand Army friends in recalling old times:

Bethel, Shelby Co., Mo.
Dear Sir:

Excuse me for thus addressing a stranger, as I write this for information. The first part of December, l864, I was captured in Decatur County with 8 others. Capt. Joe Weldon, Andrew Thompson, George Fry, Enoch and Thomas Fry, Calvin Birge, Lou Phillips and Frank Brown. We were kindly treated by the Iowa troops, Colonel Burton having us in charge. I would like to know whether any of those men that captured us live in your county or not, and if so I would like to hear from them. Those boys, all except myself, remained in prison until after the war closed. I was the only boy in the crowd and they did not watch me very close. If you can give me any information please let me know.

--MATTHEW MCCLUE or MCCUE.

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"With permission from the Leon Journal Reporter"
March 6, 2003