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Missouri Woods, nee Ketchum.

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Identifier: N41241

Title: Missouri Woods, nee Ketchum.

Description: Photograph of subject from shoulders up, looking to the left. Handwritten note on the back reads: "Mrs. Wood - sister of Senator Ketchum. She escaped from St. Charles St. Prison. Her husband paying $500.00 (illegible) Went to Canada. Federal authorities (under Rosencranze) went to her home and arrested her 3 yr old son and held him for more than two months as hostage." See also photo n41248 identified as Missouri Wood's son. Missouri Wood was held prisoner at the St. Charles Street Prison for Women, a facility whose conditions were so bad that the keeper’s wife was investigated for taking bribes and stealing from prisoners. Wood and her cellmate, Emily Weaver, escaped from the facility in the fall of 1864 by using a skeleton key to unlock the gate between the back yard and the street. The women fled to Canada. Source: Missouri Democrat, Sept. 26, 1864, p. 4, and Oct. 12, 1864, p. 4.

Rights: UND

Place: United States

Dates: ca. 1861

Type(s): Carte De Visite Photograph

Maker/Creator: Outley's Photographic Palace of Art

Subjects: vertical
studio portrait
Civil War, 1861-1865
southern sympathizer
Missouri Ketchum
Missouri Woods
St. Charles Street Prison for Women


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