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, 5 x 8, in ink, written by Lieutenant Levi Lupton, to his wife.
Libby Prison, Jan. 12th/64
After my love to you and the children I will inform you that I am still in reasonable health although I donít think confinement agrees with my constitution so well as exercise in the open air, but I ought not to complain, but oh, I am so anxious about you that I donít see much peace. I see you in my dreams every night and only awake disappointed to think of you by day. We have acquired a supply of provisions from the Sanitary Mission and I have enough to do me a month or six weeks, but I do hope and pray that I may not have to stay here until it is gone. We have had a very cold spell of weather for about 10 days, but we are very comfortable, but I fear some of our poor soldiers must suffer from cold if not soon exchanged. We have a bible class that meets once every day which helps to pass the time. We are daily in expectations of hearing from our government, but there has been no beat up since Christmas, but expect one today. I write a letter each week to you but they donít go very regular. Pray for me dear and may the good Lord bless you and keep you safe is the prayer of your loving husband.
Lt. Levi Lupton
Addressed to: Mrs. E.H. Lupton, Jerusalem, Monroe Co., Ohio.
Age toning, staining and light 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.