We arrived at Stevenson this evening

Joseph Culver Letter, March 6, 1864, Page 1

Head Quarters, 1st Brig. 1st Div., 11th A.C.
In the Field near Stevenson, Alabama
March 6th 1864
My Dear Wife

We arrived at Stevenson this evening. I recd. your letters of the 23rd and 24th, came to hand by mail, and of the 25th by Dr. Wood who joined us here. I also recd. a very handsome Masonic pin, for which you will please accept my thanks. I am most happy to hear of your good health and that you are trying to enjoy yourself. Three days’ mail has gone forward to Corps Head Qurs., so that I shall get your former letters when we arrive there [in Lookout Valley]. I am also glad to learn that the money I forwarded went safely through. Continue reading

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We left Tantalon at one o’clock this afternoon

Joseph Culver Letter, March 5, 1864, Page 1

Head Quarters, 1st Brig., 1st Div., 11th A.C.
In the Field March 5th 1864
My Dear Wife

We left Tantalon at one o’clock this afternoon. We are now in camp about 5 miles south of Tantalon and 4 miles north of Anderson. We expect to reach Stevenson, Alabama, to-morrow. The [wagon] train just got up as we Started. All right. We are still among the mountains. Our Head Qurs. to-night are upon a little island, about 50 feet wide & perhaps two hundred long. It is “a sweet little nook by the babbling brook.” The moss is growing all around us, & we found some very beautiful flowers, one which contains the colors beautifully blended, red, white and blue. Continue reading

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We are as far as Cowan Station at the foot of the mountains

Joseph Culver Letter, March 3, 1864, Page 1

Head Qurs., 1st Brig., 1st Div., 11th A.C.
In the Field March 3rd 1864
My Dear Wife

We are as far as Cowan Station at the foot of the mountains; we will cross to-morrow if nothing happens. We are all well. We will receive no letters till we get to Stevenson, two days more. I shall anticipate a letter there.

I hope you are well. Give my love to all. May our Father in Heaven keep you.

Your Affect. Husband
J. F. Culver

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We reached this place yesterday evening amid one of the worst rain storms I ever was in

Joseph Culver Letter, March 1, 1864, Page 1

Head Qurs., 1st Brig. 1st Div. 11th A.C.
In the Field near Tullahoma
March 1st 1864
My Dear Wife

We reached this place yesterday evening amid one of the worst rain storms I ever was in. It rained very hard from noon yesterday until noon to-day. It has been so cold that we almost perished. The ground is all mud, & in mud & water we are encamped. It was impossible to march to-day. Part of our train has just got in, some 15 wagons together with the rear guard were in the mud all night. I went out with Col. Harrison to bring them up. In coming the last 2-1/2 miles, five of our mules died in the wagons. Several died last night. Continue reading

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Though this is the Sabbath, we have marched 16 miles

Joseph Culver Letter, February 28, 1864, Page 1

Head Quarters, 1st Brig., 1st Div., 11th A.C.
In Camp on Big Flat Creek, 5 miles South of Shelbyville
Febry. 28th 1864
My Dear Wife

Though this is [the] Sabbath, we have marched 16 miles. It rained sufficient to lay the dust & marching is very pleasant. The Post Office in Shelbyville was closed, so that we had no opportunity to mail letters. Continue reading

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We did not get an opportunity to send letters at Lavergne today

Joseph Culver Letter, February 24, 1864, Letter 2, Page 2

In camp at Stewarts Creek — Febry. 25th 1864
Dear Mary

We did not get an opportunity to send letters at Lavergne to-day, so I have opened this to add a few lines. We have marched only 10 miles to-day & went into camp at 12 o clock. The men are in excellent spirits.

There is a Fort on the south side of the creek, & just outside of it, we have our Head Qurs. The 129th are camped on the West of us. I have just come from the Company. All are well & in good spirits. Continue reading

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We are on the road at last

Joseph Culver Letter, February 24, 1864, Letter 2, Page 1

Head Qrs., 1st Brig., 1st Div., 11th A.C.
In Camp, 11 miles South of Nashville
Febry. 24th 1864
My Dear Wife

We are on the road at last. We went into camp at 2 o’clock this afternoon, making a short day’s march; we purpose marching only 10 miles a day for the first few days. All are in good spirits. The Band of the 79th Ohio are playing Marseillaise hymn, & the sun is setting. The day has been very beautiful. All nature seems most happy. It is seldom that everything seems so beautiful. Continue reading

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We have just finished breakfast, and it is six o clock

Joseph Culver Letter, February 24, 1864, Page 1

Head Qrs. 1st Brig., 1st Div., 11th A.C.
Nashville Febry. 24th 1864
My Dear Wife

We have just finished breakfast, & it is six o clock. In another hour, we will be on the march. The Column will be in motion out the Murfreesboro Pike at 8 o clock.

Our wagon is waiting to be loaded, & I have embraced this leisure moment to say good bye. Write to me often. We will get mail on the route, so I hope to hear from you. We are all in good health. Continue reading

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I am happy to hear that you enjoy such good health

Joseph Culver Letter, February 22, 1864, Page 1

Head Quarters, 1st Brig., 1st Div., 11th A.C.
Nashville Febry. 22nd 1864
My Dear Wife

Your letter of the 15th came to hand this evening. I am happy to hear that you enjoy such good health. I telegraphed to you this morning informing you that we would leave here to-morrow. We are loaded & the train has started, so that there is not much probability of our not going this time. Continue reading

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I suppose you have had such a happy visit from the Boys home that you could hardly find time to write any letters

Joseph Culver Letter, February 21, 1864, Letter 2, Page 1Chattanooga Tenn
21st of Feb. 1864
Dear Sister Mary

Yesterday I received yours of the 17th inst. the first one that I have received from you for some time but I suppose you have had such a happy visit from the Boys home that you could hardly find time to write any letters. I received a letter from Frank nearly two weeks ago, but have not written to him yet. Jack is with Bridges [Batt.?] yet I have received one letter from him since he came back to Nashville, and he could not tell when he would come to [Batt?] “M.” I am looking for a letter from him every day. Continue reading

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