Don’t you think I am improving most marvelously in my habits?

Joseph Culver Letter, February 28, 1865, Page 1Office Chief of Artillery, District of Tennesee,
Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 28th 1865.
My Dear Mollie:

Your good long letter of the 23rd reached me this morning. Just see how prompt I am to reply. Don’t you think I am improving most marvelously in my habits? I’ve begun well today – rose very early (although I did not retire very early last night) and finished the business of the morning before breakfast. Soon after breakfast the mail boy handed me your letter. And I’ve read it over lots of times – expecially that part about the girls. Continue reading

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I am getting impatient to hear from home

Joseph Culver Letter, February 17, 1865, Page 1Office Chief of Artillery, District of Tennessee,
Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 17th 1865.
Dear Sister Mollie:

I have just been making requisition on my memory for the recollection of writing you a letter a few days ago, but it refuses to render the account, therefore I conclude that I am mistaken – or rather as you once corrected me that I mistake in thinking that I have written you. I had fully intended to do it, about a week ago when I wrote to Leander, and am not now sure that I did not, but will proceed now as though I was sure that I had neglected my younger sister so long. I would on no account be so negligent in this matter did I not know that you have another “not a brother” who writes you often enough, almost, to keep you constantly reading. But do not think from this that I mean to relinquish a brother’s privalege to write to you as often, at least, as I feel like it and to expect letters from you. I am getting impatient to hear from home. Not a word from there, direct, since leaving it. Continue reading

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I went to the Dock this morning to see what time the boat would leave

Joseph Culver Letter, February 15, 1865, Page 1

Home Insurance Company
Office No. 135 Broadway.
New York, Feby. 15th 1865
My Dear Wife

I went to the Dock this morning to see what time the boat would leave. We may possibly not get away to-day on account of the ice. I met Capt. Horton, Co. “F”, on the boat & went with him up to the Lovejoy Hotel to see Capt. Coolidge, Brigade Quarter Master, and Capt. Endsley, 70th Ind. I will have plenty of good company & feel much happier this morning than yesterday. I was a little blue yesterday when I thought of making the trip with strangers, perhaps sea-sick most of the way. God has been very kind and good to me, & I feel very happy in His love. Continue reading

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The mails must be much delayed by the deep snow

Joseph Culver Letter, February 14, 1865, Page 1

Sweeny Hotel, New York Febr. 14th 1865
My Dear Wife

I arrived here at 4 P.M. & recd. your letter of the 8th. The one sent to Carlisle I did not get. The mails must be much delayed by the deep snow. I am sorry to hear of your own and Howard’s ill health, but hope you have both recovered ere this. Continue reading

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I left home on the afternoon train

Joseph Culver Letter, February 13, 1865, Page 1

Harrisburg, Pa., Febr. 13th 1865.
My Dear Wife

I left home on the afternoon train and have to wait until 3 o’clock to-morrow morning for the N.Y. train. The Dr. says Mother has Erysipelas, but he thinks it will not be severe. Bro. Charlie & Sister Jennie both promised to write to you. Continue reading

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I came to mothers yesterday at noon and stayed until morning

Joseph Culver Letter, February 10, 1864, Letter 2, Page 1

Carlisle, Penna. Febr. 10th 1864[5]
My Dear Wife

I came to Mother’s yesterday afternoon & stayed until evening. Charlie was down at the Pagues’, but she was expecting him home so I went back to Harry’s & with Jennie to church. There was a concert in town, and the church was quite full and the meeting quite interesting. Continue reading

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I arrived here about an hour ago and am at Harry’s

Joseph Culver Letter, February 9, 1865, Letter 2, Page 1

Carlisle, Penna.
Febr. 9th 1864[5]
10 A.M.
My Dear Wife

I arrived here about an hour ago & am at Harry’s; found all well & Sister Hannah here. I will go out to Mother’s after dinner. All the friends so far as heard from are well, & all I have seen wonder why you are not with me. Continue reading

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Here I am in Mr Gillys room and feeling inclined to pen you a few lines I proceed

Joseph Culver Letter, January 25, 1865, Page 1Cleveland Ohio Jan 25th 1865
Mrs J F Culver
Pontiac Ills.
Dear Sister Mary

Here I am in Mr Gillys room and feeling inclined to pen you a few lines I proceed I wrote to father the day after I came here so that you have heard that I arrived all sound.

When I first came I put up at the Franklin house but when Mrs Beardsly found that I was in town she would not hear of my stoping any where else than at her house I am rooming with Gilly and boarding at the house. The rooms there are all taken. There are boarding with Mrs B. two newly married couples [Ruby?] Seymour now Mrs John White and her husband, they occupy the two front chambers. Mr and Mrs Chapman occupy the room that I used to have Mrs Charley B. has the Parlor. We are having some gay times. Lucia Stickney has a hard cold and is staying at home, Jenny is teaching in her stead. She expects to be able to go back by the first of next week. Continue reading

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I have to day obtained the note held against you by Dr Jonson

Joseph Culver Letter, November 3, 1864, Page 1Hd Qrs Co “A”. 129th Ills
Chattahochie River GA Nov the 3rd /64
Capt J F Culver
Dear Sir

I have to day obtained the note held against you by Dr Jonson which I will forward in this letter I See also in looking over my papers that through Some mistake I have kept one of the notes that T J Wilson gave me. I thot I had Sent both of them. I will inclose it in this I hope no damage will result from the mistake, for it was all my fault if Chilcoth was not Some to blame for hurring me so. We are under orders to be ready to move at an hours notice after the 4th tomorow we turn everything over to day. It is now believed that the expedition is to be another of Sherman’s Raids you will likly know more about it by the time this reaches you we are having verry cold and wet weather here now rather a disagreeable time to Start out. Continue reading

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There is no mail going or coming at present

Joseph Culver Letter, October 18, 1864, Page 1

Head Quarters, Co. “A” 129th Regt. Ills. Vols.
Chattahoochie River, Ga., Octr. 18th 1864
My Dear Wife

There is no mail going or coming at present, but, as we are ordered out for forage in the morning with 5 days’ rations, there may be an opportunity in my absence to send this to you. I will leave it in the hands of some of those who remain to be forwarded. I did hope that some mail might arrive in the trains which passed this evening, but we leave so early that it will not reach here in time. So I am to wait 5 long days before I hear from you. If I only had the assurance that you are well. I cannot overcome the impression that you may be very ill, as my last letter was dated the 26th while several were received of as late date as the 30th. I will trust all to “Our Father” who in his boundless Love has dealt so kindly with us. May He in the plentitude of his mercy preserve both you and our child in perfect health, and surround you with all necessary comforts to insure your happiness. Continue reading

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