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 ink, written by Lieutenant Levi Lupton, to his wife.
Libby Prison, Dec. 4th/63
After my love to you I will inform you that I recd. your letter of the 15th on yesterday and I also recd. that box today although it had been here for 8 days, but I suppose they could not get them distributed any sooner although some few things had got moldy, but be sure I was very glad to get it although we have had plenty to eat from boxes got by others of our mess. Well Dear I fear that we are not going to get out of this very soon which is no very pleasant feeling for none can tell except they were in the same place. How bad I want to get out. Dear try and keep your spirits up hoping that it is all for the best and may the good Lord give you help in this your hour of need. I have had a very bad cold for a few days but it is getting better although I am quite nervous today. Pray for me my dear wife and may the Lord bless you and the children is the prayer of your ever loving husband.
Lieut. Levi Lupton
Addressed to: Mrs. E.H. Lupton, Jerusalem, Monroe Co., Ohio.
Light age toning, staining and wear. 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.