Written by an officer who was captured at Winchester, Va., and who died as a P.O.W.!
2 pages, 5 x 8, in neatly written pencil hand by Lieutenant Levi Lupton to his wife.
Macon, Georgia, May 19th, 1864
My Dear Wife,
After my love to you and the children and earnest prayers for your welfare, I will inform you that I am in pretty good health though not very stout and still a prisoner. On last Friday week I was paroled and started for home, but after getting about thirty miles we were ordered back and on the next morning left Richmond for Danville [Virginia] where we staid till last Thursday when we were sent on here. We have about two acres of ground to walk about in which is a great comfort to us, and pretty good quarters besides, but I do hope to get home soon, but Dear for fear I should not think you had better go to Columbus and draw some of my wages for I think you must need some money pretty bad by this time. Hunter or some of the men would give you instructions how to get it or maybe get it for you. My greatest trouble is for fear of your troubles and suffering of both body and mind, but put your trust in God and pray for husband and may the good Lord keep you safe until we meet again is the prayer of your ever loving husband.
Lt. Levi Lupton
[to] Mrs. E.H. Lupton, Jerusalem, Monroe Co., Ohio
Light age toning and wear.
Lieutenant Lupton wrote this letter to his wife after being moved from Richmond where he had been held in captivity at Libby Prison since June of 1863. One can only imagine the distress and utter disappointment and helplessness that Lieutenant Lupton suffered when at first he thought he was going home from Richmond, only to have the order countermanded and the Union prisoners he was with turned around and sent even further south into Georgia!
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.
WBTS Trivia: Macon, the county seat of Bibb County, is located near the center of the state of Georgia, approximately 85 miles south of Atlanta, and it thus earned the nickname, "The Heart of Georgia." During the War Between The States, Macon, served as the official arsenal of the Confederacy. Camp Oglethorpe, in Macon, was first used as a prison for captured Union officers and enlisted men. Later it held officers only, with up to 2,300 at one time. The camp was evacuated in 1864. Macon City Hall, which served as the temporary state capitol in 1864, was converted into a hospital for wounded Confederate soldiers. Union General William Tecumseh Sherman spared Macon on his infamous "March to the Sea." His troops had sacked the nearby state capital of Milledgeville, and so the city prepared for an imminent attack, however Sherman passed by without entering Macon. The city was later captured by Union forces led by General James H, Wilson during his raid on April 20, 1865.