About this Letter

This letter, dated September 22, 1863, was written by Levi D. Green to a friend named John. In the letter, Levi mentions that he is well, with the exception of a large boil on his face that prevents him from riding horses. He writes about the boys who are off drilling, alternating between saber and horseback riding.

Levi also asks John to update him on the status of a pair of boots and a sum of money that he had sent previously. He mentions that his father may need the money and asks John to give it to him if necessary. He also sends a plate with John’s name on it and writes that Marvin has recovered and is doing well.

At the end of the letter, Levi requests some green tea to be sent in John’s next letter. The letter is signed off as L. D. Green (Zilpah Green), indicating that Levi was possibly married to someone named Zilpah Green.

Overall, this letter is a friendly exchange between two friends, who are keeping in touch despite the challenges posed by the ongoing Civil War. It sheds light on the daily life and concerns of individuals during this period and highlights the importance of communication and support among friends.


Letter Transcript


“Dear Friend John I now seat myself to write a few lines to you to let you know that I am well and hope this will find you. I received your kind letter and was glad to hear from you and to hear that you are well and at home I am well all but a large bile on my arce I can’t ride on a horse the boys are off drilling they drill one hour with the saber then 2 hours on the horses I want you to write and let me know if them boots has got home or not and what you have dun with that money if you have got it you may give it to pa write and let me know if he is in need of it if he is let him have it if not hang on to it. I sent you a plat with your name on it. Marvin has got well and is smart. Write soon. L. D. Green. (Zilpah Green) Send me some tea in your next letter, some green tea to make a cup.”

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