Levi Edward Metcalf was born on March 30,1828, in New York.
Both of Levi’s parents were born in Connecticut. Levi left New York and moved west, eventually settling in Michigan. By 1860 he was probably working as a farmer along with his older brother (?) Lewis in Venice, Shiawassee County.
Levi stood 5’7” with gray eyes, brown hair and a ruddy complexion and was 33 years old and working as a mason possibly in Shiawassee County, Michigan, when he enlisted in Company F on May 13, 1861. He was present for duty in July and August, absent on picket duty in September and October of 1861, and present for duty from November of 1861 through February of 1862, and again from May through July. Although he was reported killed in action on August 29, 1862, at the battle of Second Bull Run, he was just wounded by a gunshot to the left leg. He claimed in 1883 that he laid on the field for seven days before he was removed and that he had been taken prisoner, held briefly and then paroled.
Levis was subsequently admitted to either Lincoln or Judiciary Square hospital in Washington, DC, on September 6 and transferred on November 4 to Stewart’s Plantation hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.
Although he was first listed as having deserted from the hospital in Baltimore on January 1, 1863, in fact he was transferred to L Battery, 5th U.S. Light Artillery on December 25, 1862. The battery was organized in October of 1862 and on duty in Baltimore until May of 1863 when it was assigned to duty in the Shenandoah valley. It participated in the battles of Winchester June 13-15, and shortly afterwards returned to Washington. The battery was on duty at Camp Barry near Washington from July of 1863 until July of 1864. Levi served with the battery served until June of 1864 when he was mustered out at Camp Barry.
After his discharge Levi eventually settled in Iowa, and was probably living in Franklin County when he married his first wife, Margaret Braden (d. 1867) on January 11, 1865.
After his first wife died in June of 1867, Levi married Michigan native Azubah E. Lord (1845-1906, she divorced her first husband in 1865), on December 1, 1867, in Wall Lake, Wright County, Iowa, and they had at least four children: Myron H. (b. 1868), Olivia E.(b. 1869), Carrie S. (b. 1875) and Lillian Julia (b. 1879).
By 1870 Levi was working as a farmer and living with his second wife and daughter Olive in Morgan, Franklin County, Iowa. He soon moved to Wright County where he probably lived out the remainder of his life.
By 1880 Levi was working as a mason and living in Pleasant, Wright County, Iowa. He was still living with his wife and one daughter in Belmond, Wright County, Iowa in 1900. Levi probably lived out the remainder of his life in Wright County, working for many years as a mason.
In 1880 he applied for and received a pension (no. 266,245).
Levi died of pneumonia on March 2, 1903, at his home in Belmond, Wright County, Iowa and was buried in Belmond Cemetery: lot 16.
In April of 1903 Azubah was still living in Iowa where she applied for and received a pension (no. 558434).