From The St. Charles(IL) Chronicle, Aug. 12, 1904:
News of Illinois Former Alton Man Passes Away at St. Louis at Age of 92. Michael Gleason, who died at his home in St. Louis Aug. 1st, at the age of 92, lived in Alton many years and was the man who buried many of the Confederate soldiers in the old confederate burying ground at North Alton during the civil war, when the United States government maintained a prison in Also for captured confederates. Gleason was employed by the undertaker who had the contract for burying the dead. All the years he lived in Alton he faithfully laid flowers on the grave of one of the dead prisoners who had fought in the confederate army as a man, but who was found to have been a woman after her death. Gleason insisted at the time that the body be buried in the Roman Catholic cemetery, but his efforts were of no avail. --------------- I am not researching nor related to this family and have no further information, just an old crumbling newspaper.