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CIVIL WAR LETTERS > Union Letters

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Authentic letters from the battlefield, camps and home front during the Civil War

"The soldier looks upon a letter from home as a perfect God send, sent as it were by some kind ministering angel to cheer his dark and weary hours."
Private Robert Goodyear, 27th Connecticut Infantry

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UL2028

116th Ohio Infantry Letter

Written by an officer who was captured at Winchester, Va., and who died as a P.O.W.!

1 plus pages, 5 x 8, in bold pencil hand, written by Lieutenant Levi Lupton, to his wife.

Danville, [Virginia] May 9th, 1864

Dear wife,

After my love to you I will inform you that I recd. a letter from you date the 4th of April which found me in pretty good health. I was very sorry to hear that the children was sick for it does seem that you have trouble on all sides. I will now tell you of my troubles. On last Friday they...  

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UL2027

55th Ohio Infantry Letter with Imprinted Regimental Cover

Written on "Union" patriotic letter sheet

"We see in almost every paper that [General Stonewall] Jackson is coming on to us with a very large force, but we ainít scared much. Wilson, you had better think that cannon balls make a loud noise. I seen one strike near a man. He walked along a few steps when another struck in a few feet of him then he ran, the thought, it was time to get away. When a shell strikes the ground it makes the dirt fly in every direction."


4 pages, 5 x 8, in ink, on patriotic letter sheet,...  

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5th Maine Infantry Letter

Written by Major Clark S. Edwards, future Colonel of the regiment

He commanded the 5th Maine Infantry during the battle of Gettysburg!

Promoted to Brevet Brigadier General for gallant conduct during the Civil War!

1862 eight page letter with original cover signed twice by Major Edwards with excellent content defending the Army of the Potomac and citing some of their recent battles!

"we had one hundred & fifty thousand men, the finest army the world ever saw, but where is it now. The remnants are here, but the largest...  

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Letter Written by a Soldier in the 32nd Ohio Infantry

On a very rare patriotic letter sheet with Union gunboats and a quote from the Rebel newspaper, The Richmond Dispatch

2 pages, 4 3/4 x 7 1/2, in ink, and signed with regimental identification.

There is a battle scene at the top of the letter sheet with Union ironclad gunboats bombarding a Confederate fort. Includes the following imprint: "There is no disaster of the present war which it is so difficult to bear with any degree of patience or philosophy, as the almost uniform success of the enemy's gunboats on our land batteries....  

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116th Ohio Infantry Letter

Written by an officer who was captured at Winchester, Va., and who died as a P.O.W.!

From Libby Prison, Richmond, Virginia


1 1/2 pages, 5 x 8, in pencil, written by Lieutenant Levi Lupton, to his wife.

Libby Prison, July 18th, 1863

Dear and loving wife,

After my love to you and the children and all my friends I will just say that I am well and hope these few lines may find you in good health, but I am very tired with the place and I pray that it may please the good Lord to hasten the day when I can...  

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116th Ohio Infantry Letter

Written by an officer who was captured at Winchester, Va., and who died as a P.O.W.!

From Libby Prison, Richmond, Virginia


1 1/2 pages, 5 x 8, in pencil, written by Lieutenant Levi Lupton, to his wife. Due to a shortage of writing paper he had, he wrote his letter on the back of a letter written to him by his daughter Maggie. Maggie's portion of the letter is written in ink.

Libby Prison, June 25th/63

Dear wife,

We arrived here on Tuesday. I am in good health and hope these few lines may find you...  

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5th Maine Infantry Letter

Written by Captain Clark S. Edwards, future Colonel of the regiment

He commanded the 5th Maine Infantry during the battle of Gettysburg!

Promoted to Brevet Brigadier General

1861 letter with excellent references to the 1st Battle of Bull Run, Virginia


(1824-1903) Edwards was 37 years old when the news of the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter reached the small town of Bethel, Maine. He was high on a ladder shingling his roof and he immediately climbed down, obtained permission from the appropriate authorities to form a...  

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116th Ohio Infantry Letter

Written by an officer who was captured at Winchester, Va., and who died as a P.O.W.!

From Libby Prison, Richmond, Virginia


1 1/2 pages, 5 3/4 x 9, in pencil, written by Lieutenant Levi Lupton, to his wife and children.

Libby Prison, Oct. 23rd, 1863

My Dear Wife and Children,

After my love to you I will inform [you] that I am well in body and hope these few lines may find you all in good health. It is three months today since my arrival in this prison and oh it seems like an age for to be shut up in...  

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116th Ohio Infantry Letter

Written by an officer who was captured at Winchester, Va., and who died as a P.O.W.!

From Libby Prison, Richmond, Virginia


9 3/4 x 8, in ink, written by Lieutenant Levi Lupton, to his wife. The upper left corner and the lower right corner of the paper have been torn off. This causes the loss of a few words, but most of the content of the letter is easily readable.

Libby Prison, Dec. 19th, 1863

[Dear] Wife,

After my love to you and the children, I will inform you that I am in reasonable health of...  

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5th Maine Infantry Letter

Written by Captain Clark S. Edwards, future Colonel of the regiment

He commanded the 5th Maine Infantry during the battle of Gettysburg!

Promoted to Brevet Brigadier General for gallant conduct during the Civil War!

1861 letter with excellent references to the 1st Battle of Bull Run, Virginia


(1824-1903) Edwards was 37 years old when the news of the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter reached the small town of Bethel, Maine. He was high on a ladder shingling his roof and he immediately climbed down, obtained permission...  

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116th Ohio Infantry Letter

Written by an officer who was captured at Winchester, Va., and who died as a P.O.W.!

From Libby Prison, Richmond, Virginia

Rare letter written by this Ohio officer desperately seeking the help of his U.S. Congressman in Washington, D.C.! Includes the original envelope!


4 3/4 x 8, in ink, written by Lieutenant Levi Lupton, signed with his full military ID, to U.S. Congressman James R. Morris. Comes with the original envelope addressed to Hon. James R. Morris, Washington, D.C., with C.D.S., Old Point Comfort, Va., Mar. 9, with 3...  

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Letter to Lieutenant in the 22nd New York Infantry

4 pages, 7 3/4 x 9 1/2, in ink, written to Lieutenant Mathew S. Teller, by his mother. Comes with the original envelope which is nicely addressed to Lieut. M.S. Teller, 22nd Regt., Co. H, N.Y.S.V., Washington, D.C., 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 1st Army Corps. Indistinct postmark with 3 cents rose George Washington postage stamp [Scott #64].

Sandy Hill, [N.Y.], March 25th/63

My Dear Boy,

Your letter of the 19th came to hand on Monday (the 23). We have enjoyed your frequent letters of late very much as we have felt so...  

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