Civil War Letters
View Scanned and Transcribed letters handwritten by Captain Andrew Upson of the 20th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War.
Born May 18, 1825 in Southington, Connecticut
Died February 19, 1864 at Tracy City, Tennessee
Son of Levi and Lovisa Todd Upson. Andrew married Elizabeth L. Gridley on April 18, 1850. The couple settled on a farm in Southington in 1852. They had four children – Ida, Frank, Willi, and Mary. Frank Upson was the father of Leila Upson Barnes who would grow up to marry Bradley H. Barnes and live in the homestead now known as the Barnes Museum in Southington, Connecticut. Andrew was a school teacher at Salem, N.J., Wellsboro, Pa and Corning N.Y., after graduating from Yale College in 1849. He represented the Town of Southington in the state Legislature in 1854. Andrew enlisted as 1st Lieutenant in Company E, of the 20th Connecticut Volunteers of the Union Army in August 1862. He was the local recruiting officer along with Captain Samuel S. Woodruff. Andrew was captured at Chancellorsville and held prisoner at Libby Prison for two weeks, then released to rejoin his company. He was then promoted to Captain of Company K. Company K was ambushed by rebel guerrilla forces at Tracy City, Tennessee where upon he was shot three times and later died of his wounds. He was honored as a “God-fearing, God-trusting soldier” fighting for a cause he so fervently believed in. Andrew Upson is buried in Quinnipiac cemetery off Marian Avenue in the Plantsville section of Southington.