Written by an officer who was captured at Winchester, Va., and who died as a P.O.W.!
From Libby Prison, Richmond, Virginia
2 pages, 4 3/4 x 8, written by Lieutenant Levi Lupton to his wife.
Libby Prison, August 9th, 1863, Sabbath Morning
My Dear and loving wife,
After my love to you and the children I will inform you that I recd. a letter from you on yesterday dated on the 29th of July. I was glad to hear from you but sorry to hear that Maggy keeps so poorly but I hope that the good Lord will keep you safe until I get home again. I have not been very well myself for the last week or ten days but I am about well again. I got vaccinated and have had a very sore arm which I believe was the cause of my sickness besides I had a couple of bites which hurt me pretty bad, but they have all got about well and I begin to feel about right again, that is if I could get paroled and get out of this place for I donít see how any person can feel right here, and I do hope that it will not be long before we can get away for I think we will be exchanged before long. Well our enjoyments here are very limited. The most we miss is fresh air and good water. We have the river water. One thing we have to attend to every day is to hunt the gray backs* off of our clothes which is no small job although I have not many clothes to trouble me as I lost all but what I had on when I was taken, and I donít wear any more until I get out of here. Good by my dear wife. May the good Lord bless you and keep you and the children safe is the prayer of your loving husband. Kiss Sigel for me.
Lt. Levi Lupton
*Gray backs was a term used by Yankee soldiers to humorously refer to lice.
Age toning, staining and light wear.
Very desirable Yankee officer's P.O.W. letter written from the notorious Libby Prison in Richmond, Virginia by one of "the boys in blue" who would not survive this cruel war!
As a general rule of thumb, prisoner of war letters were limited to one page and subject to censorship. Confederate and Yankee prison guards and authorities were also known to accept bribes from the prisoners and sometimes allowed longer letters to slip through the censors.
Levi Lupton, was 39 years old, when he enlisted on July 25, 1862, at Columbus, Ohio, as a 2nd lieutenant. He was commissioned into Co. C, 116th Ohio Infantry, on September 19, 1862, at Gallipolis, Ohio. He was promoted to 1st lieutenant on June 13, 1863, but was never mustered at that rank because he was captured the next day, June 14, 1863, at Winchester, Va. He spent time confined in Libby Prison, Richmond, Va., and at Macon, Ga., and Charleston, S.C., where he died on September 12, 1864.