Levi Davis Green (AKA L.D. Green)

Member: 1st New York Dragoons Co. E

Enlisted at 21 on 18 Aug 1862 at Wellsville, NY Mustered in PVT Co E to serve 3 years; captured Jun 1864 Absent at muster out of the company but a family letter, dated 9 Jan 1865, from Marvin Green to home, notes he was captured Captured June 23, 1864; initially sent to Andersonville, GA and later died at Lawton/Millen, GA as pow.

(SOURCE: NYS Adj Gen Rpt, Muster Card, Town Clerk; Green Family Letters)

Research Notes Garland H. Green Sr. (my Dad)

Green Brothers of the first New York Dragoons

Sun, Mar 16, 2014 at 1:01 AM

From: Garland H. Green
To: Tom Warner


Received your letter today I guess via my son in Israel. I do not care how it got to me, I am just so glad that it did. Please allow me to introduce my self. My name is Garland Herbert Green (22 Oct 1942 – 26 Nov 2017), son of Garland Milton Green (18 Apr 1920 – 9 Sep 1987) , Father to Garland Herbert Green Jr., grandfather to Garland Omar Green. Confused yet? If not, hang on there is more. The grandson to Herbert Levi Green (1891 – 1961 ), great grandson of Lorenzo Erastus Green (1851 – 1929) , who was a brother to John S. (1844 – 1915), Marvin W. (1840 – 1903) and Levi D. Green (1842 – 1864) .

Your e-mail has cleared up two questions that have been causing me some problems. They were What Township the family lived in and what ” regiment ” that John Sterns Green enlisted in. I knew that he did not enlist when the others did. I was thinking that he might have enlisted in the 93rd New York, but I could not find him there. Knowing this my investigation has been given a bump forward. Thank you.

Here is my mission if you will, it is to locate the final resting place of the “brothers”. My son found Marvin in California, I knew where John is resting, so we had two out of three. Now where is Levi? After about a year of searching and with the help of my son and Brother we picked up his trail at CAMP FLORENCE located in Charleston SC.

This is a photo I colorized using AI to try and bring life in Andersonville to a recent experience. This photo was taken when Levi had been at the camp.

He was transported via train to CAMP SUMPTER, better known as ANDERSONVILLE prison in Georgia. He was there from late June or early July 1864 until he was transported on the first or second train to CAMP LAWTON in Millen Ga. That camp was only in use for six weeks but during this time Levi Green expired. The exact cause is unknown but I would assume starvation or being exposed to the cold as he died in November 1864. *

His body was buried in one of three common graves at Camp Lawton. He was then reintered to a small National cemetery at Millen Ga. where he stayed for about two years and then again buried in the National cemetery in Beaufort SC. He is there at section 1- grave 549.

Now I have not seen that grave but My brother and myself are going to visit it in the second week of may 2014. When we do I will send you photos and the all the information we find there. It is my hope that my son will take the information I gather and write some kind of book about the brothers. He is a published writer and I am a simple investigator.

I want you to know that your are welcome to any and all information I gather, as I feel that the legacy of the brothers will be in good hands with you. First off do you have your own copy of the letters? A copy of the history of the FIRST NEW YORK DRAGOONS ? if not I will transfer one of each to you. feel free to contact me at any time if you find anything in the letters of importance. I think that the letters need a new set of eyes. Know that there is more information in them we just need to find it. Do I have your permission to keep your emails and use them in any publications we might generate? Let me thank you for any kindness you have shown us in this matter.

Your friend in history.

G H Green

Researcher’s Note:  Levi’s father was William Erastus Green. When William Erastus Green was born on 25 January 1816 in Voluntown, New London, Connecticut, United States, his father, Coggeshall ‘Caswell’ Green, was 28, and his mother, Content Reynolds, was 26.

William married Zilpha Ann Wheeler in 1838 in New York, United States. They were the parents of at least seven sons and three daughters. William lived in Hallsport (Willing Township), Allegany County, New York. He died in 1884 in Altoona, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, at the age of 68

Mother Zilpha Ann Wheeler  – Wife of William Erastus Green — married [date unknown] [location unknown] and the mother of Cordon J. Green, Marvin Wheeler Green, Levi D. Green, John S Greene, Lorenzo Erastus Green, Alice E Greene, and Elmer Green
Researcher’s Note: Brief Life History of Coggeshall ‘Caswell’ Green. When Coggeshall ‘Caswell’ Green was born on 29 August 1787 in Charlestown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States, his father, Captain William Greene, was 54, and his mother, Sarah Cheesbrough, was 36. He married Content Reynolds on 12 February 1812 in Voluntown (County of New London), Connecticut. They were the parents of at least four sons and one daughter. He lived in Windham, Connecticut, United States, in 1850. He died on 13 October 1864, in Voluntown, New London, Connecticut, United States, at age 77.