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116th Ohio Infantry Letter

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

From Libby Prison, Richmond, Virginia

1 plus pages, 4 3/4 x 8, in pencil, written by Lieutenant Levi Lupton to his wife.

Libby Prison, Aug. 14th, 1863

My Dear wife,

After my love to you I will just say that I am well and hope these few lines may find you enjoying the same blessing. I recd. a letter from you dated on the 28th of July which I answered and have not heard from you since. It is just two months today since I was captured and I donít seem to be any nearer home than I was then, but I hope it will not be long until I shall get there. Until that time comes I can only trust in God and pray for deliverance. I want you to try and keep up as well as you can. You know where to go for help, so good by Dear. Pray to God for me and may he bless you.

Lieut. L. Lupton

[Postscript written on the reverse]:

Dear make your letters short for they object to long letters as it takes too much time to read them.* If they will parole me I will agree to fight no more.

Lt. L. Lupton

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*Lieutenant Lupton is referring to the Confederate censors who read the prisoner of war letters before giving them to the confined Yankee prisoners.

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!

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.

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