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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The Post Master has just informed us that all letters sent in by sun down will catch the mail

Joseph Culver Letter, October 13, 1864, Page 1

Head Qurs. Co. “A” 129th Ills.
Chattahoochie River, Ga.
Octr. 13th 1864
My Dear Wife

The Post Master has just informed us that all letters sent in by sun down will catch the mail, &, as the sun is a few minutes high, I haste to inform you that through God’s blessing, I am still enjoying excellent health. No word from home yet. Oh, how wearily the days pass round. “We are waiting, weary waiting” for good news from home. Continue reading

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It seems an age almost since I heard from you

Joseph Culver Letter, October 9, 1864, Page 1

Head Quarters Co. “A” 129th Regt. Ills. Vols.
Chattahoochie River, Ga.
October 9th 1864
My Dear Wife

It seems an age almost since I heard from you, and the prospects now are not very flattering as there is yet no communication with the north. I have commenced this letter in order to send by the first train that goes out. A longer time has elapsed since I last wrote, I think, than at any former time since I have been in the service. The interruption of our communication is much less serious than we anticipated as we have well authenticated reports that the railroad is free from farther molestation, and, as soon as it can be prepared, we shall again have the pleasure of hearing from home. Continue reading

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We suppose that our communications are interrupted somewhere, and probably no letters go north

Joseph Culver Letter, September 30, 1864, Page 1

Head Quarters Co. “A” 129th Regt. Ills. Vols.
Atlanta, Georgia September 30th 1864
My Dear Wife

As there is no mail, we suppose that our communications are interrupted somewhere, & probably no letters go north. Bro. John [Murphy] was here last night & is well. Sammy [Murphy] has not gone to Chattanooga yet, but the “Battery” is expected to leave every day. Lt. Burton is going home, and, as Bro. John has recd. a portion of his pay, I got him to send you $20 by him. It will be expressed from Chicago. Continue reading

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Capt, I report progress

Joseph Culver Letter, September 29, 1864, Page 1WhiteSide Tenn. Sept. 29th 1864
Capt.

I report progress – After hoping you and Co. “A” and in no danger William and I reached Chattanooga Some time during the Night of the 27th. here we learned that there was expected trouble ahead and from many furloughed and discharged soldiers that none could go on trains north except troops being sent to different points of expected danger. However a train left yesterday morning with the 88th Ill. on it they were ordered to this place we thought that we could not do worse than Chattanooga. So here we are, could be worse and might be much better. You are aware that the furlough of William’s bears date of the 27th. this is hardly just had we had no trouble as half of the 27th was past ere he started he too is marked present on the report of that day I thought by you attending [rpt.?] that the time delayed might be [illegible] good write to him or me in refference to it Continue reading

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Another day has passed, another week commenced, and God has been and still is with me

Joseph Culver Letter, September 25, 1864, Page 1

Head Qurs. Co. “A” 129th Regt. Ills. Vols.
Atlanta, Georgia September 25th 1864
My Dear Wife

Another day has passed, another week commenced, and God has been and still is with me. I long for some news from home. No mail to-day, and consequently no letters for me. The Enemy captured and destroyed the mail train supposed to contain several days mail. I presume they have those intended for me. I still hope that you are well, but I cannot entirely remove the anxiety to know which continually haunts me. Continue reading

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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. 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. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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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 1864
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. Continue reading

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