Leland, Levi P.
Age: 25, credited to Springfield, VTVITALS
Birth: 1836, Lowell, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Pine Grove Cemetery, Springfield, VT
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Camp Lyons Aug 18th 1861
Dear Brother & Sister
It has been a long time since I have left home and a longer time since I have written to you, and today I will try and write you a few lines. I presume ere this you have had a history of our departure from Camp Baxter and our reception on the road to the seat of war. When I got to Phila I was so unwell I was unable to go any farther, therefore I stoped in the Military Hospital where I rec'd good attention and soon got well. I had a good there a chance to look all over the city, which chance I improved. I went into the navy where I had a chance to see a few fire arms and many other things that were new to me. They were to work on a vessel, been on it about 4 weeks and were going to launch it in about 2 weeks more. It was the only place I saw where there was any wood work going on.
I started from Phila alone and arrived at Washington the same day safe and sound. Where to go I did not know and every soldier and officer was so intoxicated that they did not know where to direct me no more than I knew where to go but if by chance found the N.Y. 27th and found very hospitable quarters. The next morning I started and after a long march all alone I found the camp. It is a very good place for a camp it is a very hilly country and springs of good water are plenty.
The Vt 2nd reg't is encamped within a stones throw they came here a few days ago they were at the Battle of Bull Run. There is a Maine and N.Y. reg'ts close by and cavalry and artillery all under the command of our Col who is promoted to Brigadier Gen. and our Quarter Master to Quarter Master Gen and Fred Crane is promoted to Quarter Master.
We are all well with the exception of a few and there is but very few in the hospital. We have but very little excitement the pickets bring in a prisoner once in a while but there has been no fighting yet and we don't see much prospect of one of which we are not very sorry but we are all ready to go at the call.
Write to me soon and tell me all the news and accept these few and poorly written lines from your Brother
Co. A, 3rd reg't, Vt. V.M.
Camp in the Field,
Near Falmouth, Va Jan. 2nd 1863
Dear Brother Willard,
Your very kind letter was rec'd today and I assure it was very welcome for it seems a long time since I have heard from you.
You have probably heard from Emerson since you wrote as he has wrote since the battle. The Boynton that was reported wounded was in another Co. There was only one man hurt at all in our Co., and it didn't draw blood on him, it just grazed his head, went through the cape of his coat and lodged. Em is writing tonight, (to his deary I guess) and is in good health and has been and no thoughts of being wounded. My health is first rate and has been ever since I got back from the Hosp't although there has been a good deal of sickness, and most every day we hear the role of the muffled drums, that tells that another soldier sleeps his last sleep. There has two died and three been discharged in the Co. since we left Hagerstown and two in the Hospital since then. This winter campaign is pretty rough business, and the old soldiers stand it much better than the new recruits.
Well we had quite a time over the river, we crossed over friday morning and recrossed monday night and the shot and shell were flying around as most every day, but we were very fortunate loss two killed and six or eight wounded. We got the order to recross about 8 1/4 oclock and at 9 we were encamped on the other side of the river. We were the first to recross.
I don't think of much more to write this time. I will send a little money and want you to get me a silk handkerchief, and send it in the box if it has not gone and if it has send it by mail.
Write again soon as convenient and accept much love from your Brother.
Camp near White Oak Church, Va
Feb 17th 1863
I rec'd your letter in due season, and you must excuse me for not answering before this time for I have been a little unwell and off in a Hospital. And we heard we were going to move and I did not want to write until I found where we were going. I rec'd the letter with the money and the handkerchief was sent to me from the reg't the same time the letter was but I have not got it yet and presume I never will. Well I hope some poor fellow has got it that needed one.
I suppose Emerson is up with you about these times. I would like to have gone from the Hospital but I could not get a furlough. I came back from the Hospital yesterday and today it is storming quite hard and about 3 or 4 inches of snow. It has been very stormy for the last month and I shall be glad when it is fair weather again.
I had a letter from O.A. a few days ago, he was well and in very good health. He is on the frontier fighting the Indians. His address is
Co. C 10th Minn Cavalry
Fort Ridgly Minn
(Care of Capt Hackett)
He says they are mounted infantry and liable to be dismounted any time.
I haven't any news to write. Write soon as you get time and accept with much love.
From your Brother
Levi P. Leland
Bristow Station Va.
June 23rd 1863
Dear Brother Willard
It has been a long time since I rec'd your last letter and you must excuse me for not answering, for we have been on the move and some of the time we could not send mail if we wrote and I can't tell when this will go, but will write a few lines and send the first oportunity.
We broke camp the 5th (night?). We got orders to be ready about 10 and started about 2 oclock. We started for the Rapahanock, got there about 5 1/2 and pitched right in and before the enemy had time to do anything we were across and had the most of them prisoners - but you have seen a better account than I can give. We left the river the night of the 13th and went in a northerly direction, and we have had some marches that pulled the hardest on me of any I have had. The weather was very warm and dusty and we had to march night and day but I have got rested now and feel just as good as new.
What is the news, we haven't had any mail for some time, and no papers, and it seems as though we were out almost out of the world here. I have seen a few of the 9 months troops but have not been in their camps, they were looking well and tough.
Emerson is well and send his love, it is a dry place for news just now so you must accept the will for the dead. Write soon and accept love
From your Brother
Levi P. Leland
See also Levi's medical records.
Transcribed 20-22 Feb 1999 by Ron Foster, Columbus, MS.
Letters written by Levi P. Leland to Joseph Willard Leland, Levi's brother. Em/Emerson referred to is Emerson Boynton, Levi's cousin. O. A. Leland is Levi's brother who moved to Minnesota.