I have not forgotten your request to keep this day as one of thanksgiving

Joseph Culver Letter, September 21, 1864, Page 1

Head Quarters Co. “A” 129th Regt. Ills. Vols.
Atlanta, Georgia, September 21st 1864
My Dear Wife

I have not forgotten your request to keep this day as one of thanksgiving to “Our Father” for the very many blessings He has conferred upon us.1 I thought yesterday that I would devote this day to you and to memories of the past, but was detailed as Brig. Officer of the Day, & in addition to that duty, I had to receive and issue clothing which consumed the entire day. I have therefore devoted but very little time to reflection.

My reading last night was in Psalms from the 111th including a part of the 119th. The events of the past two years are so numerous and varied that even a day seems scarcely sufficient to enumerate them. I regret that I have spent them so poorly, yet God in his Infinite Mercy has continually blessed me. My trials have been few and light. Part of the time my heart has been filled with love, yet much of it has been spent without profit.

To-morrow it will be two years since I left you in our home, delicate in health and alone to bear your burdens and suffer your trials and privations. God alone knew what was before us. Have we not gained confidence in that hand that has protected us and that power which has sustained us? We have not been without trials; God has visited us with judgments. Our little boy, who had scarcely learned to lisp our names, was called by a kind Father to His arms. To-night he appears as a beacon light to guide us home, and surrounded with all the beauties of Heaven he awaits our coming. Are not our ties stronger, our desires more eager, our hopes brighter?

Nature smiles as ever, but the particles that form her beauty fade and die and from the roots springs that beauty anew. So each successive year adds its testimony to the power and goodness of our Creator. We have also had witness of the love exercised toward us amid dangers seen and unseen; we have been preserved in life, in health and to each other.

God has also in his kindness given us another child to fill the vacuum in our hearts. The ties of love which united our hearts have not been loosened in all his dealings with us, but month after month we have each become more necessary to each other’s happiness. Let us look hopefully to the future. “Our Kind Father” will still care for us. The clouds, dark and lowering, which overhang our Country may dim our vision. We cannot divine futurity, yet trusting, hoping, loving, our “joy surely cometh in the morning.” Above the clouds, the sun is shining brightly. I imagine at times its rays begin to break the vista and its rays will enliven the whole system of our body politic.

It would be a long story to tell you by what system of reasoning I have gathered my hope or to enumerate all the incidents that have made up my results. God who has thus far prospered and cared for us will develop all in His own good time. He is doubtless solving the great problem that has so long vexed the whole human family, “That the power lies not in man but in Himself.” The establishment of this theory has cost us very dear, and the debt is not yet fully paid, but, true as the magnet draws the needle to the pole, will the hand of Omnipotence guide us safely through. “Let us praise Him for his marvelous kindness, for his wonderful works, and his boundless love toward the children of men.”

I was disappointed in not hearing from you by to-day’s mail. We recd. two days mail but only a paper for me. I have been thinking to-night of the many cares gathering around you, & I ought not to expect you to write so frequently. The tobacco, book, & handkerchief have not yet arrived. I presume they have been laid aside in some of the Post Offices & may be overlooked for weeks. It is not a very rare occurance.

Bro. Sammy and Jim Rawlins were here on a visit to-day & took dinner with us.2 Sammy is looking very well. John is also well. John Lee came to the Regt. yesterday.3 He is looking quite well & is able for duty.

There is a rumor here of a glorious victory in the Shenandoah Valley and of the death of Valandigham, both rumors lack confirmation.4

We were to have a review to-morrow, but it has rained so much to-day that it has been postponed. We are getting very comfortably situated here, though it is probable our stay will be of but short duration.

The city is almost deserted by citizens, almost all having been sent either north or south. We have an abundance of rations for present use, and the supply daily increasing. All the troops continue in good health. My own health continues excellent; I have been blessed very greatly. Oh, how I wish I was more worthy. Pray for me. I know you do.

I have no news from Carlisle yet. [Lt.] Smith is getting along very well, though he has not improved very rapidly in health. Nate [Hill] has been on duty since noon yesterday in the city. I do not know how long he will be detained there, but he is very pleasantly situated. He has charge of a guard at the Bakery. I will try & see him to-morrow.

It is still raining and the night is very dark. It is almost 11 o clock, & I must close. Give my love to Mother [Murphy] and Maggie, and kiss the children for me.

May “Our Father” bless you & your treasure with good health and happiness. The year is growing shorter rapidly. If I am not permitted to see you sooner, I hope through the kind interposition of Providence to be with you then. Let me find your love unchanged.

Good night,
Your affect. Husband
J. F. Culver

  1. See J.F.C.’s letter of September 13, 1864. September 21 would have been Franklin “Frankie” Culver’s second birthday.
  2. James A. Rollins, a 25-year-old Pontiac Township farmer, was mustered into service on Aug. 12, 1862, as a private in Company M, 1st Illinois Light Artillery. He served with the battery throughout the war and was mustered out at Chicago, on July 24, 1865. Compiled Service Records of Union Soldiers, NA.
  3. John Lee had been hospitalized since being wounded in the shoulder in battle at Peachtree Creek on July 20, 1864. Ibid.
  4. Union forces commanded by Maj. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan, on September 19, 1864, had defeated General Jubal Early’s army in the third battle of Winchester. General Grant, concerned by Early’s successes which had compelled him to send two infantry corps and a third of his cavalry to guard the line of the Potomac, on August 6 had placed General Sheridan in command of a force with orders to destroy Early’s command. Third Winchester was the first step in Sheridan’s campaign. There was no truth to the rumored death of Clement Vallandigham, leader of the “peace at any price” Democrats.
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There must be something wrong with the mails as they do not come at all regular

Joseph Culver Letter, September 22, 1864, Page 1

Head Qurs. Co. “A” 129th Regt. Ills. Vols.
Atlanta, Georgia September 22nd 1864
My Dear Wife

I was disappointed to-day in not receiving any letter from you to-day. There must be something wrong with the mails as they do not come at all regular or else our friends at home are forgetting to write.

It is still very wet and has been raining most of the day. The news of Sheridan’s victory in the Shenandoah Valley was confirmed this evening by telegraph from Sec. Stanton;1 we gave three hearty cheers. We recd. no papers to-day.

I had a letter from [Erastus] Nelson by Lt. Edgington who returned from Nashville to-day. He will lose the use of his left arm and will be discharged in a few days.2 Capt. Coppage of Co. “I” has been dismissed [from] the service for disobedience of orders.3 Capt. Martin has resigned; his health is very bad.4 Capt. Perry is still in the North somewheres. When we last heard of him, he was on his way to Lake Superior for his health; I presume he is resting upon the laurels he won in the rear.5 Lt. Smith is well as usual; Chris [Yetter] and him are fast asleep. Nate [Hill] is on duty in the city. All are well. Capt. Walkley has been appointed A. A. In. Genl. of the Brigade.6

Our review which was to have been to-day has been postponed until Saturday on account of the weather. I was to see Frank Long to-day while in the city; he feels rather blue about his prospects.7

Chris had a letter from Tom Smith to-day; he is still at Quincy, Ills., and is rapidly improving.8 Jim Chritten has the Jaundice but is not seriously ill. He is still at Kingston, Ga. [Pvt. W. H.] Bronson has returned to Chattanooga much improved in health; he has been home on furlough. Sutcliff’s furlough has not yet returned; if it succeeds, it will be a good opportunity to send money home. I must close & go to bed. I wrote last night until nearly midnight, & I shall not wake at reveille if I dissipate too much. Give my love to all. May Our Father in Heaven bless you.

Your affectionate Husband
J. F. Culver

  1. Secretary of War Stanton, on September 20, telegraphed General Sherman, “Yesterday, the 19th, Major-General Sheridan attacked the Rebel forces under Generals Breckenridge and Early near Bunker Hill, in the Shenandoah Valley, fought a hard battle all day and a brilliant victory was won by our forces. The Enemy were driven off twelve miles, 2,500 prisoners were captured, 9 stands of colors, 5 pieces of artillery were taken, and the rebel killed and wounded left in our hands.” O. R., Ser. I, Vol. XXXIX, pt. II, p. 423.
  2. Pvt. Erastus J. Nelson of Company A was severely wounded by a gunshot wound in the chest at the battle at Peachtree Creek on July 20, 1864. He was hospitalized at Nashville, and given a medical discharge on Oct. 8, 1864. Compiled Service Records of Union Soldiers, NA.
  3. Joseph W. Coppage, a 38-year-old farmer, was mustered into service on Sept. 8, 1862, as 3d lieutenant of Company I, 129th Illinois Infantry. He was promoted captain of the company on Dec. 3, 1862. Captain Coppage, on May 18, 1864, near Cassville, Ga., had refused an order to take charge of the regimental picket line, and when confronted by Colonel Case, who reiterated the order, Coppage shouted “I’ll not [do] it, Sir, and you can show your favoritism as much as you please,” and “I wish you would arrest me; I know my rights, Sir, and will just say what I please.” Court-martialed, Coppage was dismissed from the service on Sept. 8, 1864. Ibid.
  4. George W. Martin, a 35-year-old farmer, was mustered into service on Sept. 8, 1862, as captain of Company H, 129th Illinois Infantry. Captain Martin resigned his commission on Sept. 13, 1864, on receipt of a surgeon’s certificate attesting to his disability because of chronic diarrhea. Ibid.
  5. John B. Perry was mustered into service on Sept. 8, 1862, as captain of Company C, 129th Illinois Infantry. Captain Perry was hospitalized at Louisville on May 20, 1864, suffering with chronic diarrhea, and on July 11, 1864, he was given a leave from the hospital. He did not rejoin the unit, as he resigned from the service on Jan. 7, 1865, on receipt of a surgeon’s certificate attesting to his disability. Ibid.
  6. Samuel T. Walkley, a 44-year-old farmer, was mustered into service on Sept. 8, 1862, as captain of Company B, 129th Illinois Infantry. Captain Walkley was detached on Sept. 16, 1864, and assigned to duty as inspector general of the 1st Brigade, Third Division, XX Corps. He was mustered out near Washington, D.C., on June 8, 1865. Ibid.
  7. Pvt. Frank Long was transferred from Company A, 129th Illinois, to Company H, 16th Illinois Infantry, on June 8, 1865. He was mustered out at Louisville, Ky., on July 8, 1865. Ibid.
  8. Wounded at New Hope Church on May 27, 1864, Private Smith was hospitalized at Quincy, Ill., until receiving a medical discharge from the service on May 18, 1865. Ibid.
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I have been very busy to-day fixing up Hd. Qurs.

Joseph Culver Letter, September 19, 1864, Letter 2, Page 1

Head Quarters, Co. “A” 129th Regt. Ills. Vols.
Atlanta, Georgia September 19th 1864
My Dear Wife

I have been very busy to-day fixing up Hd. Qurs. and this evening in preparing for Inspection to-morrow. We are now very pleasantly situated though we have not completed our work yet.

I saw both Bros. John and Sammy [Murphy] this morning; they are quite well. John is temporarily detailed in “Bridges Battery” and went on duty there this morning.1

You express some anxiety in yours of the 6th about my “Leave of Absence.” You have learned before this that my application failed. I have had quite a fight with the “Blues” for a few days past, but I believe I have conquered. Let us not forget “Our Father” for all his mercies and blessings.

I hope you have not had a return of the chills. This season opens up sickly, I fear, in Pontiac. May Our Father in Heaven protect you and our babe. I had anticipated much pleasure in a visit home & must confess that I was very much disappointed, for I felt confident of success. God doeth all things well and doubtless he has some good purpose to accomplish thereby.

The tobacco, handkerchief, and book for Green have not yet arrived.2 Green is looking very anxiously for his gift. Packages are generally delayed, & they will probably be along to-morrow or next day.

You say the Copperhead meeting has the appearance of being a success & wish to know if any one in Co. “A” will vote for “Mac” [McClellan], and what probability of the 129th getting home to vote. There is no probability of the 129th going home to vote; there will be too much on hand here at that time. Had McClellan accepted the nomination upon a strong war Platform, he would have had some friends and five or six of Co. “A” would have voted for him had opportunity offered. The Chicago Platform has no friends here that I know of, and McClellan’s effort to kick aside the Platform and still accept the nomination by a strong copperhead convention has left him very few friends, indeed.3 We prefer a continuation of the policy of the present administration & do not deem it advisable or necessary to make any serious changes. The Army is for Lincoln, though Illinois and Indiana troops cannot help elect him.4

I am surprised that a Copperhead meeting should be so largely attended in our county. I hope the friends of the Union are not idle.

The Chaplain [Brother Cotton] thought when he left us that he would rest a year but has accepted an appointment to Dwight. I should have liked much to have heard his speech in Pontiac. Did you hear it, or of it?

Tell Mother [Murphy] she does not long more for me to come home than I do to be there & kiss her for me. Sister Maggie [Utley] has never written. Give my love to her & kiss the children for me.

All the Company are well. We expected the pay-master here this week, but are told this evening that he will not be here until next week. Some of the men are becoming very impatient, & I fear some of their families are in want. There is something wrong as we should have been paid a month ago. Chris [Yetter] & Nate [Hill] are flourishing as usual; they are both striving very industriously to learn to play chess. What progress have you made? Green was almost as badly disappointed in my not going home as myself. He was intending to go along.

It is 20 minutes past 11 o clock; yet, late as it is, I must close my letter to-night or it will not get out in to-morrow’s mail, as I shall be very busy in the morning.

Sherman is still shipping citizens South. I told you a short time ago that the cessation of hostilities was to continue until the 22nd of October; it is only until the 22nd of this month.5

Francis Van Doren gives rather an amusing incident that happened a few days ago.6 He is driving team in the supply train and is at present engaged in moving citizens. On one of his Loads were two young ladies, one of which was very much grieved at being compelled to leave her home & was crying and lamenting her fate, when finally she consoled herself by saying “that she had a home from which Sherman could not drive her.” Her companion, who must have considerable spice in her nature, warned her not to be too certain as Sherman might yet “flank her out of Heaven.” It does seem hard to drive women and children from their homes when there are doubtless some who are innocent of any transgression of the laws, but it is a moral impossibility to subsist the citizens when we have so large an army & so extended a base of supplies.

I think it very probable that the Campaign will open about the 1st of October.7 There is no news from Grant. All is quiet there.8 We are still ignorant of the policy Genl. Sherman will adopt or the direction the Armies will advance. God, who has been so bountiful in blessings, is still with us, & we trust will guide us to certain Victory.

The Chicago papers report Genl. A. J. Smith [is] on his way here, but I think it must be a mistake.9 We have heard nothing of him through military channels. We are looking anxiously for the result of the draft.10 We would like to see the men coming along.

I recd. a letter from the editor of the Sentinel requesting me to write an article for the paper occasionally. If I get time before the campaign opens, I will, though I have but little inclination to engage in political discussions.

All the camp is quiet & the men sleep. The moon bright and clear shines sweetiy upon us and a “Beautiful Star” is twinkling close by her. We dream of home and wonder whether in God’s good Providence we are destined to enjoy its Sweets again. Who but “He alone” can tell, and yet we hope and anticipate trusting all to Him. Let us pray for Grace to be resigned to His will. May His richest blessings rest upon you and your babe.

I can imagine you both asleep now, & I would love dearly to see the reality of my dreams. Still “All is well,” & if we only wait patiently for “God’s good time” our enjoyment will be so much the sweeter. If not on earth, yet in Heaven we may meet. Remember me very kindly to all our friends and let us not forget that we are blessed far above thousands of those around us. May Holy Angels guard you.

Good night.

Your affectionate Husband
J. F. Culver

  1. Bridges’ Illinois battery, like Company M, 1st Illinois Light Artillery, was assigned to the IV Corps’ Artillery Brigade.
  2. Albert Green, a black freedman, had attached himself to J.F.C. while the regiment was at Nashville in the autumn of 1863.
  3. General McClellan, embarrassed by the “peace plank,” sought to repudiate it by placing the strongest emphasis on the Union in his letter accepting the nomination. He thus went before the country as a war leader. In the campaign which followed, Democratic speakers, taking their cue from McClellan, generally avoided mention of the “peace plank,” while inveighing against Lincoln’s policies and denouncing his so-called acts of usurpation. Randall, Civil War and Reconstruction, pp. 619-20.
  4. No provision had been made by the legislatures of Illinois and Indiana to permit soldiers to vote by absentee ballot. To have their votes counted, soldiers from these states would have to return to their homes to cast their ballots.
  5. On Sept. 10, 1864, General Sherman had issued Special Field Order No. 70, announcing that a truce is declared to exist from “daylight of Monday, September 12, until daylight of Thursday, September 22, … at a point on the Macon Railroad known as Rough and Ready, and the country round about for a circle of two miles’ radius.” O. R., Ser. I, Vol. XXXIX, pt. II, p. 356.
  6. Francis M. Vandoren, a 24-year-old farmer, was mustered into service on Sept. 8, 1862, as a private in Company A, 129th Illinois Infantry. On April 27, 1864, he was detailed as a teamster in the supply train of the Third Division, XX Corps. In the autumn of 1864 he rejoined the company and was wounded at Averysboro, N.C., March 16, 1865. Private Vandoren was mustered out with the unit on June 8, 1865 near Washington, D.C. Compiled Service Records of Union Soldiers, NA.
  7. Sherman hoped to resume the campaign by October 1. When he did, he proposed to keep Hood’s Army of Tennessee employed, and put his “army group” in condition “for a march on Augusta, Columbia, and Charleston, to be ready as soon as Wilmington is sealed as to commerce, and the city of Savannah is in our possession.” Meanwhile, the Union armies with General Grant before Petersburg and those with Maj. Gen. E. R. S. Canby on the Gulf Coast would be reinforced “to the maximum.” Grant’s force would strike for Wilmington and Savannah, while Canby would “send a force to get Columbus, Ga., either by the way of the Alabama or the Apalachicola.” O. R., Ser. I, Vol. XXXIX, pt. II, pp. 358, 412.
  8. Following the battles of the Weldon Railroad and Reams Station in late August, Grant’s armies, having cut the Weldon Railroad south of Petersburg, paused to regroup. Grant’s next attack was scheduled for the end of September, and would consist of thrusts at opposite ends of his long line. General Butler’s Army of the James would attack north of the James, while units from General Meade’s Army of the Potomac would thrust westward from the Weldon Railroad and attempt to reach the Boydton Plank road and the Southside Railroad.
  9. Maj. Gen. A. J. Smith with his detachment of the Army of the Tennessee had spent most of the summer of 1864 in Western Tennessee and northern Mississippi, keeping General Forrest’s cavalry corps occupied and away from Sherman’s supply line. Smith, having accomplished his mission, had embarked his troops at Memphis, on the first leg of their trip to rejoin Sherman. Once again, as in June, Smith had to be diverted. This time it was into the trans-Mississippi to cope with Maj. Gen. Sterling Price’s column which had crossed the Arkansas and was thrusting deep into Missouri.
  10. President Lincoln on July 18 had issued a call for 500,000 volunteers. To fill this quota it was necessary to resort to the draft. Long, Civil War Day by Day, p. 541.
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Preservation & Conservation Welcomes New Hires

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Beth Stone and Justin Baumgarten in front of Keith/Albee scrapbooksThe UI Libraries Preservation & Conservation department would like to welcome two new(ish) staff members, Justin Baumgartner and Elizabeth Stone. They join us as members of the Keith/Albee project team. They will be working together, along with other UI Libraries staff, to stabilize and digitize the Keith/Albee collection. Both Justin and Elizabeth are University of Iowa graduates who are no strangers to employment at the UI Libraries.

Elizabeth Stone started on July 21, 2014 as the Keith/Albee Project Conservator. She is a recent graduate of the University of Iowa Center for the Book where she studied bookbinding, letterpress printing, and book history. As a student, she worked in Preservation & Conservation salvaging flood-damaged items from the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library and the African American Museum of Iowa.

Justin Baumgartner started on July 22, 2014 as the Keith/Albee Digital Project Librarian. He is a recent graduate of the University of Iowa School of Library & Information Science. As a student, he worked in the UI Libraries Special Collections & University Archives and interned for the Digital History Project at the Iowa City Public Library.

The duo will shepherd 125-150 oversize scrapbooks through conservation and digitization workflows during the next three years. Visit the growing digital collection at digital.lib.uiowa.edu/keithalbee .

The Keith/Albee project is a three-year project to stabilize, digitize, and provide online access to the Keith/Albee collection which documents the activity of a prominent vaudeville theater company through more than 40 years of business. The records chronicle the expansion of the Keith/Albee circuit, changes in its leadership, and the eventual decline of vaudeville.ka_blog_q1bBlog

The Keith/Albee Project has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

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Database of the Week: eMarketer

Each week we will highlight one of the many databases we have here at the Pomerantz Business Library.

The database: eMarketeremarketer

Where to find it: You can find it here, and under E in the databases A-Z list.

Use it to find:

  • Daily research articles, analyst reports, and  e-business and online marketing statistics, aggregated and analyzed from over 2,800 sources.
  • Market research and trend analysis on Internet, e-business, online marketing, media and emerging technologies.
  • Ad spending, demographics, media-usage, retail and e-commerce
  • Lots of charts, graphs, and other visual depictions of data

eMarketerappTips for searching:

  • Browse by: Topic, Chart type, or Year
  • Use the top search bar or the advanced search
  • Use the tabs to select content type: Report, PPT, Article, Chart, Interview

Video: View a video about eMarketer below.

Want help using SimplyMap? Contact Willow or Kim and set up an appointment.

Introduction to Toxicology Resources @Hardin Library

The purpose of this session is to introduce you to various environmental health and toxicology resources found on the National Library of Medicine’s website. Learn about important resources such as the Household Products Database, TOXMAP and TOXNET. The resources discussed in this session will be of interest to the researcher/scientist, health professional and the general public.

Our free workshops this semester:

Wednesday, September 24, 3-4pm Hardin Library Information Commons East

Tuesday, December 2, 1-2pm Hardin Library Information Commons East


Register online or request a personal session, or call 319-335-9151 to register.

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I am very sorry to learn that your health is not good

Joseph Culver Letter, September 19, 1864, Page 1

Head Qurs. Co. “A” 129th Regt. Ills. Vols.
Atlanta, Ga. Sept. 19th 18641
My Dear Wife

Your letters mailed the 9th & 10th were recd. yesterday evening. I am very sorry to learn that your health is not good, but hope it is only a slight attack that will very soon be overcome.

I spent most of the day yesterday with Bro. John. Sammy was not at home, & I did not get to see him. Both are in good health.

It rained nearly all day yesterday, & this morning it is very wet and damp. We have not got our tent fixed up yet, as we did not wish to work on Sabbath. Chris [Yetter] is waiting for me to go with him for lumber,2 so I will only write a line to inform you of my good health. To-morrow or next day at farthest I will write you a long letter. Give my love to all. Rumor says the pay master is here; if so, we will know it shortly.

May Our Father in Heaven bless you & Keep you both in health.

Your affect. Husband
J. F. Culver

  1. The 1st Brigade took up the march from the Chattahoochee to Atlanta at 6 A.M. on the 16th, and, crossing the Peachtree Creek battlefield, reached the entrenchments they had occupied in front of the city at 8 o’clock. En route they “passed the graves of the fallen dear comrades, that were ‘sleeping the sleep that knows no waking.’ ” After a halt of several hours, the march was resumed, and the brigade passed through Atlanta, going into camp about one and one-half miles south of the city. After falling out, a number of men visited the abandoned Confederate works. “They were very strong and in their erection every modern invention in the art of war had been added.” On the 17th a suitable campground was selected by Colonel Case, and it was cleared of underbrush and debris. A number of abandoned frame dwellings nearby were razed by the soldiers, and the lumber and shingles used “in erecting tenements.” Grunert, History of the 129th Illinois, pp. 102-04.
  2. Colonels Case and Flynn on Sunday, the 18th, divided off the camp, assigning each company its area, within which “every four or five men were allotted a space of eight feet in width and twelve feet in length, to enjoy themselves in a glorious and noble style — in a straight line with the rest of the company.” Ibid., p. 104.

Collect all seven prize buttons during our Library Crawl!

The University Libraries’ will be holding a Library Crawl from September 22nd through October 6th.

Visit any library locations on campus during the crawl to receive a collectable prize button and participate in a library challenge. Buttons are available at these locations: Art Library, Pomerantz Business Library, Lichtenberger Engineering Library, Music Library, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, Main Library & Learning Commons, and the Sciences Library. Collect all seven and prove yourself a bibliomaniac!

Map to campus library locations.

Screening of “The Internet’s Own Boy” at Filmscene

There will be a free screening of THE INTERNET’S OWN BOY at FILMSCENE on Saturday, September 27th, 2:30 pm, with a Q & A to follow. The film is the story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. After the screening, please join two scholars in the fields of digital scholarship and internet-based creativity, University of Iowa professors Kembrew McLeod (Communications) and Stephen Voyce (English), to talk about open access, copyright, intellectual property, and other issues related to the free access of information. Organized by the University of Iowa Libraries, this event is free and open to the public.

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I take the opertunety to let you no wher I am and how I am geten a long

Joseph Culver Letter, September 18, 1864, Page 1Chattnooga Tenn
September 18 1864

My Dear friend I take the opertunety to let you no wher I am and how I am geten a long I am well all but my back and that is weak so that I cant do much duty I was taken Car of horses but it was hard work then the put me to cooken I would hav ben up to my Company before this time but I thot I could not [dun?] much thar ar som boys her that there times ar up and the went to the lutenen Cobburn to get him to send them to ther Company he said he did not like to spare them for that reason I dont Com for if I went to him to get my dis charg he would not let me go I hant had no pa yet I can draw as much Cloths as much as I want he said that he [lovd?] to get our pa when the pamaster Cume around Thar ar not much goen on her so I hant got much nuse to rite I have rote to the [Co it?] a good meny times but I hant had no ancer yet I dont get no leters a tall

drect your leters to in Car of Lutenen. W. J. Cobburn
Act. Quarter Master
Artilery Chattnooga Tenn
Shermans [H. Quarters?]
Capeten Josef F. Culver
Comand of Co A 129 Ill

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