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 20th/64
My Dear Wife,
After my love to you I will inform you that I recd. your letter of the 4th of this mo. on yesterday. It found me very much improved in health in fact almost well except that I am weak. I did expect to start home this week but have been again disappointed but I think I will get off before long. Well Dear in regard to selling my property you may just do as you and Father think best, but donít throw yourself out of a home this summer. I think that I ought to have about sixteen hundred dollars for my property as it is or fifteen at least. Dear try and keep your spirits up as well as you can and we will hope for the best. May the good Lord bless you is the prayer of your loving husband.
Lieut. Levi Lupton
Addressed on the reverse: From Lt. Levi Lupton, To Mrs. E.H. Lupton, Jerusalem, Monroe Co., Ohio.
Light age toning, staining, wear and tiny chip at 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.