Camp of 156 N.Y.V. Carrollton January 24th, 1863 Friend Sol Tis Saturday night. I am sitting in my white walled house, (wall tent) thinking of my friends around the Paltz, and trying to contrive where I would be to night, if I were home; I expect you boys are at Choir Meeting a ‘pitching in generally’ It is almost a year now since I have been at the Paltz to attend Choir meeting but I suppose it goes on about as usual. But I can hardly see where you can get your women from, there have so many of them been getting married lately. Well Sol, I suppose you people around the Paltz are real inquisitive to know how we live “a way down south in Dixie” Well to begin with, our camp is about four miles above New Orleans & a mile from the Mississippi. It is situated on a very level plain just out side of the village of Carrollton and and (sic) land, which to-day, with a present height of water in the Great Father of Waters, would be inundated to the depth of two feet, if the ‘Levee’ or embankment on the shore of the river should give way or be cut through by some treacherous hand.
Surname spellings and their variants: Lefevre, Lefever; Dubois, DuBois
Johannes Lefevre, was born on May 26, 1837, and attended the academies at New Paltz Academy and Claverack, and Union College, Schenectady, N.Y., where he graduated in the Scientific field in 1860 and Civil Engineering in 1861. During the Civil War, Johannes helped to organize, and later joined the Company E. of the 156th Regiment of N.Y. Volunteers for whom he served as Second and later First Lieutenant in 1862, and First Lieutenant of the 156th N. Y. Regiment of Infantry in October, 1863. He also held the positions of Regimental Quartermaster, Quartermaster of the Pioneer Corps under Gen. Banks and served as Civil Engineer at Camp Bisland, Port Hudson joined Sheridan's Army of the Shenandoah, and fought in the battle of Winchester. On October 18, 1864, Johannes received the commission of Captain of the N. Y. 156th Regiment and the next day commanded his troops in the battle of Cedar Creek, where he was fatally wounded. Captain Johannes LeFevre died three weeks later at Tidball Hospital in Winchester, Virginia. His body is buried in the New Paltz Rural Cemetery.
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