1864 December 20: Edwin Levings Gets His Finances in Order and Is “detailed as a sharp shooter”
The Levings brothers have finalized how they are going to send most of their pay home to their parents. This letter explains the arrangements to their father. The original letter is in the Edwin D. Levings Papers (River Falls Mss BO), in the University Archives and Area Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
Before Savannah Ga.—
Dec. 20th 1864.
Dear Father ;
Having just arranged our money matters I will tell you what we did. We gave Dale1 $160. in Coupon Notes to express to you. You can get it at the Express Office at Prescott. There are 3 notes & they are signed to you. The following is the description — Coupon Note — Denomination $50. — Series B. — Number 202,446. / Coupon Note Denomination $50. — Series A. — Number 204,585, Coupon Note — Denomination $50. — Series A. — Number 204,633 & also 1 $10 Compound interest note. We let him have $200. in Coupons. He will write you & give you an order on Mr. Searle of Hudson for that amount, in Coupon Notes, the Coupons all attached. I think it safe enough & that Searle will honor the order. If not, let him Dale know and he will send you the amt. Dale is perfectly honorable & good for 10 times the amt. I have collected the first 6 months interest on the $200. of Dale, which is $7.30.
Lt. Higby [sic]2 told me it was is uncertain whether he will go home at present, —thinks of stopping somewhere east.
You may expect to hear soon of a real struggle for Savannah. All is about ready now, and I expect we shall go for the Johnnies shortly. I am detailed as a sharp shooter. God be with you all, & prepare each of us for whatever is before us. With love to you all I bid you good night.
Edwin D. Levings
. .Co. A. 12h Wis. Vols.
. .via N. [7?]
1. Wilber P. Dale, of River Falls, formerly of Company A.
2. Chester G. Higbee, of River Falls, currently lieutenant of Company A.