Francis Van Kleeck

Francis Van Kleeck

Civil War (Union) · US Army

Capture of Francis Van Kleeck from obituaries of John Dudrey, father-in-law of Francis Van Kleeck's son Egbert

  • Piedmont, Virginia

Kingston Daily Freeman
Wednesday Evening
January 20, 1937, page 2

... Francis Van Kleeck, wounded at Piedmont, Va., June 5, 1864, was taken prisoner, never again heard from ...

Kingston Daily Freeman
Friday Evening
January 22, 1937, page 16

... It was at Piedmont, Va. that Mr. Dudrey was taken prisoner. Out on patrol the men were captured by a band of rebels who were dressed in Union clothing and whom the patrol believed were friends, until the capture. In that affray Francis Van Kleeck was wounded and taken prisoner and never was heard from again. Mr. Dudrey was able to escape and re-join his company when the rebel cavalry detachment was attacked by Union forces.

" New York, Town Clerks' Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War, ca 1861-1865" gives a slightly different account of what happened to Francis.  The note on his listing reads:  "Wounded at the Battle of Piedmont June 5, 1864 - Put in Hospital & left in the hands of the Rebels - Has not since been heard from with Certainty - Undoubtedly Dead"