Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Seizure Of Ed Bredell's Property

I, Joseph G. Easton, United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Missouri, do hereby give public notice that I have seized, and now detain in my custody, in the suit of the United States against the property, moneys, credits and effects of Edward Bredell, junior, under a warrant issued by the United States District Court of said District, and effects alleged to belong to said Edward Bredell, junior... 
Also, all the property, moneys, credits and effects in the hands of Edward Bredell, in which said Edward Bredell, junior, had any right or interest. 
And I hereby give notice that an information has been filled in said Court against said property, moneys, credits and effects, in the case of forfeiture and confiscation, under the act of Congress approved July seventeenth, which information it is alleged that said Edwards Bredell, junior, since the 17th day of June, 1862, or before, departed from his home in the State of Missouri, and joined himself with persons engaged in armed rebellion against the Government of the United States, and has, since said 17th day of July, 1862, aided and abetted said rebellion...
-Missouri Republican, June 20, 1864

All of this legal maneuvering became irrelevant after Bredell was killed in action in November 1864.  But the important thing here is that this reference gives us specific information about when Bredell left St. Louis to join the Confederate Army.  Also, it should be noted that the choices our pioneer ballplayers made during the Civil War had real consequences.  Bredell had all of his substantial property seized and then lost his life in battle.  He literally gave everything he had to the cause he believed in.

Tomorrow, I promise to get back to the memoirs of Basil Duke and finish up his story.  And then it's back to the 1884 Maroons for awhile.  

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