I recd. a pass this evening with recommendation to get pass from Chattanooga to Cleveland

Joseph Culver Letter, April 20, 1864, Page 1

Hd. Qurs. Co. “A”, 129th Ills. Vols.
Wauhatchie, Tenn., April 20th 1864
My Dear Wife

I recd. a pass this evening with recommend[ation] to get pass from Chattanooga to Cleveland. I will start on the 5 o’clock train to-morrow morning, & will try to get to Bro. Johnie & Sammy to-morrow if possible. My pass is only for three days. Continue reading

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I recd. three letters since I last wrote: two yesterday and one to-day

Joseph Culver Letter, April 15, 1864, Page 1

Head Qurs., 1st Brig., 1st Div., 11th A.C.
Wauhatchie, Tenn., April 15th 1864
My Dear Wife

I recd. three letters since I last wrote: two yesterday and one to-day, mailed, respectively, Apr. 7th, 9th & 11th. I am very happy to hear from you so frequently & am sorry that I have not written more regularly. I will try and answer all of your letters to-night if I am not interrupted. Continue reading

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I did not have the pleasure of hearing from you to-day as I expected

Joseph Culver Letter, April 13, 1864, Page 1

Head. Qurs., 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 11th A.C.
Wauhatchie, Tenn., April 13th 1864
My Dear Wife

I did not have the pleasure of hearing from you to-day as I expected, nor did I write last night as I promised. I felt very confident yesterday morning of getting an opportunity to visit Lookout Point but was disappointed. Continue reading

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Your letter had been torn open by some one

Joseph Culver Letter, April 12, 1864, Page 1

Head Qurs., 1st Brig., 1st Div., 11th A.C.
Wauhatchie, Tenn., April 12th 1864
My Dear Wife

Yours of April 2nd came to hand yesterday, also one from Mother [Murphy]. I am very happy to learn of your good health. Your letter had been torn open by some one. Tell Mother I will write to her very soon. Continue reading

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The train did not get in until just before noon, but it brought me no letter

Joseph Culver Letter, April 10, 1864, Page 1

Head Quarters, 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 11th Army Corps
Wauhatchie, Tenn., April 10th 1864
My Dear Wife

I delayed writing last night hoping to hear from you by this morning’s mail. The train did not get in until just before noon, but it brought me no letter. I felt so much disappointed that I did not attempt to write before the mail went North. Continue reading

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I expect a letter in the morning but will not delay writing

Joseph Culver Letter, April 6, 1864, Page 1

Head Quarters, 1st Brigade, 1st Div., 11th A.C.
Wauhatchie, April 6th 1864
My Dear Wife

Yours of March 26th 1864 came to hand two days ago, but the one I recd. by Capt. Hoskins was three days later, Mch. 29th. I looked for a letter to-day, but it did not come. I expect it in the morning but will not delay writing for fear I may not have an opportunity before the mail goes out. Continue reading

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Your letter of 29th March came to hand this morning

Joseph Culver Letter, April 3, 1864, Page 1

Head Quarters, 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 11th Army Corps
Wauhatchie, Tenn., Sunday, April 3rd 1864
My Dear Wife

Your letter of 29th March came to hand this morning. I am very happy to hear that you are well. This day opened very beautiful. I was on my way to the Company when I recd. your letter, & have just returned. I intended to delay writing until this evening, but I have an opportunity to send it by a man going home on furlough. I haste to write before the train goes north. Continue reading

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I thought while I had a few spare moments I would write to you

Joseph Culver Letter, April 1, 1864, Page 1Covington 1 April 1864
Lieut J.F. Culver.
Dear Sir

I thought while I had a few spare moments I would write to you. I had a letter almost written to you but it was so mixed up that I thought you could not understand any thing I wrote. I dont know how this will be maybe a little better & maybe worse, but I will send it anyhow and have to beg your pardon for writing such an one. It is noon and my Pupils have all gone to dinner but one and he is makeing such a racket I can hardly write, so please pardon mistakes and poor writing I am teaching just one mile east of Covington, a small summer school…. Continue reading

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We are very sorry to hear of my brothers sickness, but hope to hear soon of his recovery

Joseph Culver Letter, March 31, 1864, Page 1Covington March 31st 1864.
Lieut. J.F. Culver.
Dear Sir.

We recd. your kind letters this evening little suspecting what the contents was. They was dated respectfuly 24th, 26th & 27th. also two from Lieut. Smith dated 25th & 27th. We are very sorry to hear of my brothers sickness, but hope to hear soon of his recovery. How thankful we are that he has friends there to take care of him. Oh! that he was near that we might take care of him. But God wills it otherwise and we must submit. You say he may get well, if he does get better we would like so much to have him brought home. Can you? will you? do all in your power to have him get a furlough? One of our neighbor boys of the 61st O.V.I. had the same disease and was brought home and is now almost recovered his former health. I think if he could but be at home he would recover……. Continue reading

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It was my intention to write you a long letter last night, but my tent smoked so that I could not keep a fire

Joseph Culver Letter, March 30, 1864, Page 1

Head Quarters, 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 11th Army Corps
Wauhatchie, Tenn., March 30th 1864
My Dear Wife

Your letter of the 22nd inst. came to hand this morning. It was my intention to write you a long letter last night, but my tent smoked so that I could not keep a fire in it. I went in the early part of the evening to see Joe Shellenbarger; I found him getting better. He is so much better this morning that I feel confident of his recovery. Afterward I went to see Capt. Hoskins & had a long talk with him about the sights he saw at Pontiac. Continue reading

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