Several papers carried references to a murder trial involvng a John W. McCue. The Adams Sentinel, Gettysburg, PA, July 18, 1865, at page 4, carried this item:
“John W. McCue, a rebel guerrilla was tried before a military commission in Baltimore for murder and a violation of the laws of war, found guilty and sentenced to hard labor for life in Clinton Prison, N. York.”
The July 19, 1865, edition of the Petersburg Index, Petersburg, VA, at page 4, carried the nearly identical story:
“John W. McCue of Virginia, tried by a military commission in Baltimore for being a guerrilla, has been sentenced to imprisonment for life in the Clinton Prison, New York.”
I could find no articles mentioning a pardon. Similarly, no of the articles mentioned John Mosby or his raiders. The only items pointing to Mosby is the fact that McCue was from Virginia. Note also that McCue was tried in Baltimore rather than Croom. The 1870 Nelson County, VA, census shows a John W. McCue, age 31, living with Martha McCue, age 58. John is working as a school teacher. I Could find no John McCue living in Clinton, NY, during 1870. This suggests that he may have been pardoned.
The Civil War Confederate papers show there was a John McCue assigned to Company E, 16th Va. Infantry; the muster files show that he deserted Oct 1, 1862, at Camp Close and again in December 1862. The muster rolls also show there was a John McCue mustered into the CSA on Dec 10, 1864, to serve three years in Co. E, 2 Foreign Legion Inf. This group was comprised of foreigners among the Federal Prisoners of War. John McCue enlisted from Florence, SC. The “Memorandum from Prisoner of War Records” is incomplete with many entries left blank. The preprinted Memorandum form reads:
”Captured at ___(blank), 186__, confined at Richmond, Va, ___(blank). The muster roll of Capt. John W. Kerr’s Co dated Florence, SC, Dec 24, 1864. Enlisted Dec. 10, 1864 at Florence, SC, by Lt. Barrett for 3 yrs.
“Where he died___ (blank), 186_ of __ (blank).
“Paroled at ___(blank); reported at Camp Parole, Md., ___ (blank).”
Finally, there was a drill master, 2nd Lieut. named John H. McCue, appointed Dec 29, 1863, State of VA. By the time he made captain, he was reported on the roll of Prisoners of War, captured at Waynesboro, VA, on March 2, 1865. Officers were sent to Fort Delaware, DE, and the men to Point Lookout, MD, March 9, 1865. On his Oath of Allegiance, he stated his residence was Nelson County, Va.; dark complexion; dark hair; 5 feet 8 inches. He was released June 16, 1865, in accordance with General Orders 109.
I could find no connection to Croom, MD, for any of these McCues.
Good luck with your research.
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