Cause: smallpox in a prisoner of war camp during the Civil War
When Moses enlisted (in the Civil War) at Tyler, his mother presented him with a small Bible. Moses' cousin, T. S. McSpadden, carried the Bible home to the widow. Inside it was her last letter to him, telling of the birth of a "little black-haired girl." Emeline had even dipped the baby's foot in ink and marked a print on the letter. Moses was captured at Arkansas Post, carried to Camp Douglas, Springfield, Ill where he died March 12, 1863 from smallpox.