We are lying behind the 3rd or 4th line of fortifications in the mud to-day

Joseph Culver Letter, June 5, 1864, Page 1

Head Qurs. Co. “A” 129th Regt. Ills. Vol. Infty.
In the Field June 5th 1864
My Dear Wife

We are lying behind the 3rd or 4th line of fortifications in the mud to-day. It has rained very hard for several days and the mud is, as a matter of course, plenty. We keep out of it in our tents by laying limbs of trees, first, and leaves upon them, with our rubber blankets on top of them, our tents over us, and two woolen blankets to cover us. Continue reading

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I commenced a letter to you yesterday evening

Joseph Culver Letter, June 5, 1864, Letter 2, Page 1Camp in the Field
Near Dallas Ga. 5 June 1864.
Dear Sister Mary:

I commenced a letter to you yesterday evening but a shower intervening prevented me finishing it. I must confess to some delinquincy in writing home of late: but will do better hereafter circumstances permitting. I am happy to have the privilege of acknowledging the receipt of another letter from you. Mother’s of the 20 may and yours of the 23, reached me at the same time – six days ago. It is needless to say they were very welcome. I saw Frank last Monday, and he let me read one or two of your late letters. Frank was quite well. The 129th have been in no engagements since then. As I was writing to you yesterday evening I said “the rebs are still lying intrenched before us”: but I can not write this now, for during the last night our honorable foe “sloped” and up to present writing (as the newspaper correspondents say) 10 oclock A.M.- nothing has been heard of them. I an unable to conjecture whether they will make a stand at Maryetta, or go still farther. Continue reading

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We commenced moving from the centre to the left of our lines June 1st

Joseph Culver Letter, June 3, 1864, Page 1

Hd. Qurs. Co. “A” 129th Ills. Vols., 1st Brig. 3rd Div. 20th A.C.
on the Battle field, Ga., June 3rd 1864
My Dear Wife

We commenced moving from the centre to the left of our lines June 1st. The first evening we spent very pleasantly being sufficiently in the rear not to be disturbed by the roar of cannon or the roll of musketry. Continue reading

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I received yours of 12th ult. at Kingston and was glad to hear from you

Joseph Culver Letter, June 2, 1864, Page 1Camp in the field near Dalis Ga.
3rd of June 1864
Dear Sister Mary

I received yours of 12th ult. at Kingston and was glad to hear from you. I did not received the one you directed to Springfd for me We staid at Kingston 3 or 4 days. and I saw Frank several times. the 129th are on our right now but as we are in the line of battle and do not know when we may get into a muss. I cant leave to go over there. There is only 1 section of the Battery in position at this point. the other two are about 1 1/2 miles to the left, Jack is with them and I have not seen him for three or four days. Continue reading

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It is so hard for me to write to your Co and Regt now that my brother is gone

Joseph Culver Letter, June 1, 1864, Page 1Covington June “64
Dear Friend Culver,

Please pardon me for not writing sooner, I have been almost sick now for several weeks and you may guess did not feel much like writing.

It is so hard for me to write to your Co & Regt. now that my brother is gone. I wanted so much to write to you but could not. It brings everything so distinctly before my mind’s eye.

I can in imagination see my brother lying sick no mother or sister near him. I doubt not but that he had good attention, as good as could be given him. We shall never forget your kindness. God will bless you for being kind to the widow and orphan. Continue reading

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I have a few moments to write, and the mail is just going

Joseph Culver Letter, May 31, 1864, Page 1

Hd. Qurs. Co. “A” 129th Regt. Ills. Vol. Infty.
1 Brig. 3rd Div., 20th A.C. In front of Dallas, Ga.
Monday Eve. [sic] May 31st 1864
My Dear Wife

I have a few moments (10) to write, & the mail is just going. My health is excellent for which my heart is thankful. We have recd. no mail yet.

We occupy the front line on the right centre to-day. We were out supporting a “Battery” & have just returned. We lost no men since Saturday [the 28th] morning in my Company and but few in the Brigade. Continue reading

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Mother received your letter today and desires to answer it immediately

Joseph Culver Letter, May 30, 1864, Page 1Carlisle May 30 1864
Dear Sister Mary

Mother received your letter today and desires to answer it immediately so she came up to get me to write for her. You speak of writing to me. I received your letter with the shirt and am more obliged than I can tell you and am ashamed that I have delayed so long in replying it was not intentional I talked of writing every day. I am getting ready to go down to Harrys fathers as soon after commencement as possible which will be in 4 weeks and I have much to do also a brothers widow from Philad. is visiting us and expects to stay until we go down which also makes me have less time for letter writing. We are greatly relieved to hear from Frank we were so anxious and hope he may be safely kept through all the dangers which beset his path I know how anxiously you feel. Continue reading

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We moved up to this place on the evening of the 25th

Joseph Culver Letter, May 27, 1864, Page 1

Hd. Qurs., Co. “A” 129th Ills.
Behind the fortifications in front of Dallas, May 27th 1864
My Dear Wife

Yours of the 17th has just come to hand. I am very happy to hear that you were well. We moved up to this place on the evening of the 25th about 5 p.m. The enemy were concealed in the woods and opened a terrific fire upon the head of the column. The 1st Div. of our Corps was in advance & commenced skirmishing immediately. The 1st Div. drove the enemy back about 11/2 miles into their fortifications, & our Div. formed line of battle & moved up to their support. Coming up through the woods, the shell and shot fell thick around us. Walter Good, orderly of Co. “C”, had his right hand shot off. George Conner of my Company lost the index finger of his left hand. Only a few others in our Regt. were wounded & those but slightly. Continue reading

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After a severe day’s marching, we have turned the flank of the enemy again

Joseph Culver Letter, May 24, 1864, Page 1

Hd. Qurs. Co. “A” 129th Ills.
In the Hills near Allatoona
May 24th 1864
My Dear Wife

After a severe day’s marching, we have turned the flank of the enemy again & are fortifying ourselves among the hills south west of Allatoona. The Rebs seem to understand retreating to perfection, & it is probable we will not get an opportunity to do more than shell them a few minutes. The present Campaign thus far has been a perfect success. Continue reading

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I wrote a line this morning and have just learned that another mail goes out shortly

Joseph Culver Letter, May 14, 1864, Page 1

Hd. Qurs. Co. “A” 129th Ills.
[Near Cassville, Ga., May 20th 1864]
My Dear Wife

I wrote a line this morning & have just learned that another mail goes out shortly. Yours of the 10th & 11th I recd. to-day. I am very happy to hear that your health is so good. God be praised for all his mercies. Continue reading

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