Rest assured that we are all well and everything is prospering

Joseph Culver Letter, September 10, 1864, Page 1

Head Qurs. Co. “A” 129th Ills.
Chattahoochie River, Ga.
Sept. 10th 1864
My Dear Wife

Though it seems very improbable that any letter will reach you for some time to come, as our communication is so seriously interrupted; yet, should this reach you, rest assured that we are all well and everything is prospering. Continue reading

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Our opportunities for a regular mail are growing less

Joseph Culver Letter, September 8, 1864, Page 1

Head Quarters Co. “A” 129th Ills. Vols.
Chattahoochie River, Ga.
September 8th 1864
My Dear Wife

We have no mail yet, and our opportunities for a regular mail are growing less unless some other method be adopted. We hope, however, if we remain here, our facilities will be much improved. The trains run regularly but do not stop here. Continue reading

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A week of intense anxiety was relieved by the news of your safety

Joseph Culver Letter, September 7, 1864, Page 1

Head Quarters, Co. “A” 129th Regiment Ills. Vols. Infty.
Chattahoochie River, Georgia
September 7th 1864
My Dear Wife

Your letters of the 23rd & 25th August came to hand yesterday evening. To “Our Father” be all praise for his loving kindness and tender mercies. A week of intense anxiety was relieved by the news of your safety. I would that I were more worthy of all the blessings bestowed upon me. As the mails are open again, I hope to hear from you often; but, as we are so far from the city, we get ours very irregularly. Yesterday being the first we have recd. for 10 days. Continue reading

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As we have orders to move to Atlanta to-morrow, I may not have an opportunity to write

Joseph Culver Letter, September 5, 1864, Page 1

Hd. Qurs. Co. “A”, 129th Ills. Vols. Inftry.
Chattahoochie River, Ga.
Sept. 5th 1864
My Dear Wife

As we have orders to move to Atlanta to-morrow, I may not have an opportunity to write. We have recd. no mail yet; I cannot understand it as the trains are running by here regularly. Continue reading

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The telegraph has just announced the nomination of Geo. B. McClellan by the Chicago Convention for President

Joseph Culver Letter, September 1, 1864, Page 1

Thursday, Sept. 1st 1864
Dear Mary

The telegraph has just announced the nomination of Geo. B. McClellan by the Chicago Convention for President but lacks confirmation. We have no news from the Army yet. The mail came in about an hour ago but brought no letter for me. I still hope “All is well.” Continue reading

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I have given all my time for the past few days to writing up company business

Joseph Culver Letter, August 31, 1864, Letter 2, Page 1

Head Quarters Co. “A” 129th Regt Ills. Vols.
Inftry. In the Field, Chattahoochie River, Georgia
August 31st 1864
My Dear Wife

I have given all my time for the past few days to writing up company business, and, as I shall be busy for some days to come, I scarcely take time to write to you, for, when not busy, my hand becomes tired and cramped so that my letters are made as brief as possible. Continue reading

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A very light mail was recd. at noon to-day but none for me

Joseph Culver Letter, August 31, 1864, Page 1

Head Qurs. Co. “A” 129th Regt. Ills. Vols.
Chattahoochie River, Georgia
August 31st 1864
My Dear Wife

A very light mail was recd. at noon to-day but none for me. We are being mustered for pay to-day, and rumor says we will receive 8 months pay in a few days. There is a paymaster here, and it is probable that he is making arrangements to pay. Continue reading

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The Bands have been playing all day and everything in nature seems happy

Joseph Culver Letter, August 30, 1864, Page 1

Head Qurs. Co. “A” 129th Regt. Ills. Vols. Infty.
In the Field, Chattahoochie River
August 30th 1864
My Dear Wife

The mail is late to-day & has not yet come in, while the time has arrived for the mail to go out. I am happy to say that my health continues excellent. The Bands have been playing all day and everything in nature seems happy. Continue reading

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Yours of date 11 Aug. has just reached me, and it has lifted a load of anxiety from my mind

Joseph Culver Letter, August 22, 1864, Page 1Hd. Quarters Battery “M” Ist Ill. Artillery.
Near Atlanta Ga. 22 Aug. 1864.
Dear Sister Mollie:

Yours of date 11 Aug. has just reached me, and it has lifted a load of anxiety from my mind. Untill today I have not heard a word from Sammy since the 26th of last month. He may have written to me. Our mail of late, has been troubled considerably by the rebel cavalry, and I hope all the letters that have been mailed to me have not reached me – or more plainly speaking, I hope that more letters have been mailed me, than I have yet received. I had a letter today from William S. Murphy. It is quite an affectionate and patriotic missive. He did not say anything about his father’s family. I know but little of them. How are they doing? Your letter is full of news and gratifies me more than it would to “go home and get married.” I do not write to the “girls” any more. You see I am out of note paper, have nothing but this large foolscap – and do not expect to have anything better for one or two years to come – and of course I would not shock their propriety by sending them a letter written on this vulgar sort of paper. Continue reading

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I feel anxious about you and hope you keep right well

Joseph Culver Letter, August 20, 1864, Letter 2, Page 1My Dear Mary,

Your letter was received a day or two before we left home and as it was commencement week and I had a house full of visitors I could not reply before we left. We were gone six weeks and moving about so constantly that I did not have any time to write then, so you must please pardon the delay. I feel anxious about you and hope you keep right well- We had a very pleasant vacation so far. There has been a great deal of commotion & excitement herebut we escaped it There are but few houses in town which has carpet on the floors, all are sent off. There is a rumor again afloat of a return of the raiders yet I hope it is not correct I am so sick of it all. The burning of Chambersburg just 30 miles above fills us with much more dread. I often wish I was farther north- We are all fairly well my baby is rather more troublesome than usual particularly at night which makes me feel weary He still [grows?] and says papa & mamma quite distinctly I still have plenty of nourishment for him and hope he will live I try to leave him in God’s hands He will do all things well. Continue reading

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