Written by an officer who was captured at Winchester, Va., and who died as a P.O.W.!
From the Libby Prison Hospital, Richmond, Virginia
1 page, 5 x 8, in ink, written by Lieutenant Levi Lupton, to his wife.
Libby Prison Hospital, March 6th, 1864
My Dear Wife,
After my love to you and the children I will just say I recd. your letter of the 17th of last mo. and was glad to hear that you were all well. It found me better than I was when I wrote last but not well. I am gaining a little every day and I think I will soon be as well as common or I should if I could only get out of this. The prospect is pretty fair for exchange at present but I am afraid of being disappointed again. Dear I wish you would get Father or Lt. Tipton to go and see Wm. Hunter and get him to write to Jim Morris at Washington to try and get me exchanged. Do not fret yourself about me any more than you can help. Pray for me and may the Lord bless you and keep you safe until we meet again is the prayer of your loving husband.
Lieut. Levi Lupton
Addressed on the reverse: Mrs. E.H. Lupton, Jerusalem, Monroe Co., Ohio.
Light age toning, staining and fold wear. Small chip out of the paper at the left edge. Desirable Yankee officer's P.O.W. letter written from the notorious Libby Prison by one of "the boys in blue" who would not survive the 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.