Hd. Qurs., 129th Ills, Vols.
Wauhatchie, Tenn., April 27th 1864
My Dear Wife
I was detailed this afternoon as Adjt. of the Regt. to act in the absence of Phil [Plattenburg]. He went to Louisville this afternoon to purchase a horse to be presented to Col. Case by the officers of the Regt.1 The duties will not be very heavy as there are two clerks on duty. To-morrow we have Division Drill.
I made a purchase of a barrel of green apples to-day from the Commissary Department for $3.50; about 1/2 were rotten, but still I think I got a good bargain. They will keep off scurvy.
We are all well. My health is very good except that I had a slight Head-ache to-day. Lieut. [Benjamin F.] Fitch & I had a few games of chess to-night after roll-call. I shall look for a letter to-morrow morning, though I have recd. four this week already.
May God bless you. I feel unusually happy to-night and hope you are well and happy. Remember me kindly to all.
I wrote to Thomas Hill some time ago to pay the $ 100 in his hand to Lawrence, also to get the amt. due from Fleming and Lyons, and add to it. I wrote at the time you informed me that you did not intend to draw it. If you see him [Hill], you can tell him that I will be able to pay $ 100 more shortly after the 1st of May. It was all right for you to use it. I wished it so at first & did not think at the time that you would have sufficient without it. I will answer Thomas Hill’s letter soon. May Holy Angels guard thee this night.
Your Affect. Husband
J. F. Culver
- The money collected would also be used by Adjutant Plattenburg to purchase a saddle and bridle for the gift horse. Grunert, History of the 129th Illinois, p. 56. [↩]