This morning opened out very beautiful, and all nature seems to be praising God

Joseph Culver Letter, March 27, 1864, Page 1

Head Quarters, 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 11th Army Corps
Wauhatchie, Tenn., March 27th 1864
My Dear Wife

This morning opened out very beautiful, and all nature seems to be praising God for his goodness. I had the blues yesterday badly but succeeded in driving them away before I went to bed. I feel very happy and contented this morning. Continue reading

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For some considerable time past I have awaited a letter from you

Joseph Culver Letter, March 22, 1864, Letter 2, Page 1In Camp at London Tenn.
22 March 1864.
Dear Brother Frank:

Day before yesterday, I received yours of the 14th inst. For some considerable time past I have awaited a letter from you and wondered why it came not, but that you have been marching explains the delay. I have been anxious to hear from you on Sammy’s account. I vainly hoped to hear of his whereabouts through you. I can get nothing definate about him. About a month ago he was in Springfield. We have received the description rolls of some 14 or 15 recruits and only three of them have arrived at the Battery. Some of these have been a month and a half on the road and one young man – you knew him, E.W. Gower, died in Indiana on his way to our company. Continue reading

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We were very much surprised on getting up this morning to find snow eleven and 1/2 inches deep

Joseph Culver Letter, March 22, 1864, Letter 3, Page 1

Head Qurs., 1st Brig., 1st Div., 11th A.C.
Lookout Valley, Mch. 22nd 1864
My Dear Wife

We were very much surprised on getting up this morning to find snow eleven & 1/2 inches deep. This “Sunny South” passes all understanding; ever since we came here it has been extremely cold. We may look for mud of course. The train has just worked its way through. Continue reading

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I would have written to you as soon as I got yours but I expected to leave here soon

Joseph Culver Letter, March 22, 1864, Page 1Camp Yates Springfield
March 22nd, 1864
Dear Sister Mary

Yours of the 2nd inst I received in due season and was glad to hear from you. I would have written to you as soon as I got it but I expected to leave here soon and thought I wait and write when I got to another place They have sent away the Inft and Cav. recruits and I think the Art will leave soon, but I have thought so for some time. I am the only one for Battery “M” that is here and I would rather be with it than here. Continue reading

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In fulfillment of my promise made this morning, I should set down to write

Joseph Culver Letter, March 20, 1864, Letter 2, Page 1

Head Quarters, 1st Brig., 1st Div., 11th A.C.
Lookout Valley, Sunday Evening 11 o’clock
March 20th 1864
Dear Mary

In fulfillment of my promise made this morning, I should set down to write, and, were that the only incentive, I might send an apology and go to bed. But I wish to talk with you, & then I think I shall be ready for Sleep. Continue reading

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I have sat down this morning to answer your letters which have accumulated

Joseph Culver Letter, March 20, 1864, Page 1

Head Quarters, 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 11th Army Corps
Lookout Valley, March 20th 1864
My Dear Wife

I have sat down this morning to answer your letters which have accumulated since we left Nashville. I may have answered some of them, but do not now recollect which. Yours of the 12th inst., one enclosing Bro. Tom’s [Thomas Murphy's] letter, came to hand yesterday. Continue reading

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I am very happy to learn that your “health is pretty good”

Joseph Culver Letter, March 17, 1864, Page 1

Head Quarters, 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 11th Army Corps
Lookout Vallie, March 17th 1864
My Dear Wife

Yours of the 11th inst. came to hand to-night. I am very happy to learn that your “health is pretty good,” which I suppose to mean that it is as well as could be expected under existing circumstances.

The weather here has been very cold for the past three days. The first day [the 15th] it was spitting snow, blowing and freezing, & I thought it would not last over one day, but next morning (yesterday) it was still freezing and much colder than the day before so that I had to suspend work & fix up a place to write in. I procured some timbers and built a house about 3-1/2 feet high, & set my tent on top. I have a fireplace in it, & by noon to-day I commenced operations again. This will account for my not writing for the last three days. Continue reading

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I was sorry to hear you had moved for Mary was building her hopes upon going down to you

Joseph Culver Letter, March 14, 1864, Page 1March 14th Dear Brother

Harry has told you almost everything of importance I was sorry to hear you had moved for Mary was building her hopes upon going down to you again I will write to her this week if possible for I doubt not she is dispirited I wish she would come and spend the summer here Harry has 14 weeks to teach yet in this session if nothing prevents we hope then to spend our vacation at his fathers & relatives I was prevented from going last summer I hope our boy will live & keep well for they all seem so anxious to see him Wes is complaining considerable he fears he is swelling again, Poor fellow! he does not do much at practicing, I wonder how they do keep along as they do. He had bought a horse & buggy & a cow and rented a house & lot for $150 for next year I pity him. Mrs Magary lives next door to us she often talks of the time you boarded there The girls are all married but Mag she is an old maid. Mr. Bowman (our preacher) will board there He has a wife but no children, was he in your class? Good Bye write when you can

In much love your sister
Jennie

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I am sorry to hear that you are suffering with Neuralgia

Joseph Culver Letter, March 13, 1864, Page 1

Head Qurs., 1st Brig., 1st Div., 11th A.C.
Lookout Valley, March 13th 1864
My Dear Wife

I recd. two letters from you this morning dated the 3rd & 4th of March. I am sorry to hear that you are suffering with Neuralgia, for, if it is anything like I had at Nashville, it places you in a most uncomfortable position. I am much obliged for the copy of the Song sent me. Continue reading

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As you are by this time at the front we can but ask God to shield you from the dangers

Joseph Culver Letter, March 12, 1864, Page 1Carlisle Mar. 12th 1864
Dear Bro. Frank,-

We received your letter a few days ago, and were glad to hear that you were so well. As you are by this time at the front we can but ask God to shield you from the dangers which threaten, and give you a strong hand, and a stout heart. How sad we would often be if it were not for assurance we have that God reigns, and will cause all things to work together for our good. The future at times seems shrouded in so much uncertainty that bitter dregs often rise even in our present overflowing cup of joy. We picture to ourselves dark scenes and severe trials, many of which God never willed should be ours to suffer. Continue reading

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