I left home on the afternoon train

Joseph Culver Letter, February 13, 1865, Page 1

Harrisburg, Pa., Febr. 13th 1865.
My Dear Wife

I left home on the afternoon train and have to wait until 3 o’clock to-morrow morning for the N.Y. train. The Dr. says Mother has Erysipelas, but he thinks it will not be severe. Bro. Charlie & Sister Jennie both promised to write to you. Continue reading

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I came to mothers yesterday at noon and stayed until morning

Joseph Culver Letter, February 10, 1864, Letter 2, Page 1

Carlisle, Penna. Febr. 10th 1864[5]
My Dear Wife

I came to Mother’s yesterday afternoon & stayed until evening. Charlie was down at the Pagues’, but she was expecting him home so I went back to Harry’s & with Jennie to church. There was a concert in town, and the church was quite full and the meeting quite interesting. Continue reading

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I arrived here about an hour ago and am at Harry’s

Joseph Culver Letter, February 9, 1865, Letter 2, Page 1

Carlisle, Penna.
Febr. 9th 1864[5]
10 A.M.
My Dear Wife

I arrived here about an hour ago & am at Harry’s; found all well & Sister Hannah here. I will go out to Mother’s after dinner. All the friends so far as heard from are well, & all I have seen wonder why you are not with me. Continue reading

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Here I am in Mr Gillys room and feeling inclined to pen you a few lines I proceed

Joseph Culver Letter, January 25, 1865, Page 1Cleveland Ohio Jan 25th 1865
Mrs J F Culver
Pontiac Ills.
Dear Sister Mary

Here I am in Mr Gillys room and feeling inclined to pen you a few lines I proceed I wrote to father the day after I came here so that you have heard that I arrived all sound.

When I first came I put up at the Franklin house but when Mrs Beardsly found that I was in town she would not hear of my stoping any where else than at her house I am rooming with Gilly and boarding at the house. The rooms there are all taken. There are boarding with Mrs B. two newly married couples [Ruby?] Seymour now Mrs John White and her husband, they occupy the two front chambers. Mr and Mrs Chapman occupy the room that I used to have Mrs Charley B. has the Parlor. We are having some gay times. Lucia Stickney has a hard cold and is staying at home, Jenny is teaching in her stead. She expects to be able to go back by the first of next week. Continue reading

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I have to day obtained the note held against you by Dr Jonson

Joseph Culver Letter, November 3, 1864, Page 1Hd Qrs Co “A”. 129th Ills
Chattahochie River GA Nov the 3rd /64
Capt J F Culver
Dear Sir

I have to day obtained the note held against you by Dr Jonson which I will forward in this letter I See also in looking over my papers that through Some mistake I have kept one of the notes that T J Wilson gave me. I thot I had Sent both of them. I will inclose it in this I hope no damage will result from the mistake, for it was all my fault if Chilcoth was not Some to blame for hurring me so. We are under orders to be ready to move at an hours notice after the 4th tomorow we turn everything over to day. It is now believed that the expedition is to be another of Sherman’s Raids you will likly know more about it by the time this reaches you we are having verry cold and wet weather here now rather a disagreeable time to Start out. Continue reading

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There is no mail going or coming at present

Joseph Culver Letter, October 18, 1864, Page 1

Head Quarters, Co. “A” 129th Regt. Ills. Vols.
Chattahoochie River, Ga., Octr. 18th 1864
My Dear Wife

There is no mail going or coming at present, but, as we are ordered out for forage in the morning with 5 days’ rations, there may be an opportunity in my absence to send this to you. I will leave it in the hands of some of those who remain to be forwarded. I did hope that some mail might arrive in the trains which passed this evening, but we leave so early that it will not reach here in time. So I am to wait 5 long days before I hear from you. If I only had the assurance that you are well. I cannot overcome the impression that you may be very ill, as my last letter was dated the 26th while several were received of as late date as the 30th. I will trust all to “Our Father” who in his boundless Love has dealt so kindly with us. May He in the plentitude of his mercy preserve both you and our child in perfect health, and surround you with all necessary comforts to insure your happiness. Continue reading

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The Post Master has just informed us that all letters sent in by sun down will catch the mail

Joseph Culver Letter, October 13, 1864, Page 1

Head Qurs. Co. “A” 129th Ills.
Chattahoochie River, Ga.
Octr. 13th 1864
My Dear Wife

The Post Master has just informed us that all letters sent in by sun down will catch the mail, &, as the sun is a few minutes high, I haste to inform you that through God’s blessing, I am still enjoying excellent health. No word from home yet. Oh, how wearily the days pass round. “We are waiting, weary waiting” for good news from home. Continue reading

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It seems an age almost since I heard from you

Joseph Culver Letter, October 9, 1864, Page 1

Head Quarters Co. “A” 129th Regt. Ills. Vols.
Chattahoochie River, Ga.
October 9th 1864
My Dear Wife

It seems an age almost since I heard from you, and the prospects now are not very flattering as there is yet no communication with the north. I have commenced this letter in order to send by the first train that goes out. A longer time has elapsed since I last wrote, I think, than at any former time since I have been in the service. The interruption of our communication is much less serious than we anticipated as we have well authenticated reports that the railroad is free from farther molestation, and, as soon as it can be prepared, we shall again have the pleasure of hearing from home. Continue reading

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We suppose that our communications are interrupted somewhere, and probably no letters go north

Joseph Culver Letter, September 30, 1864, Page 1

Head Quarters Co. “A” 129th Regt. Ills. Vols.
Atlanta, Georgia September 30th 1864
My Dear Wife

As there is no mail, we suppose that our communications are interrupted somewhere, & probably no letters go north. Bro. John [Murphy] was here last night & is well. Sammy [Murphy] has not gone to Chattanooga yet, but the “Battery” is expected to leave every day. Lt. Burton is going home, and, as Bro. John has recd. a portion of his pay, I got him to send you $20 by him. It will be expressed from Chicago. Continue reading

Posted in 1864, September | Comments Off

Capt, I report progress

Joseph Culver Letter, September 29, 1864, Page 1WhiteSide Tenn. Sept. 29th 1864
Capt.

I report progress – After hoping you and Co. “A” and in no danger William and I reached Chattanooga Some time during the Night of the 27th. here we learned that there was expected trouble ahead and from many furloughed and discharged soldiers that none could go on trains north except troops being sent to different points of expected danger. However a train left yesterday morning with the 88th Ill. on it they were ordered to this place we thought that we could not do worse than Chattanooga. So here we are, could be worse and might be much better. You are aware that the furlough of William’s bears date of the 27th. this is hardly just had we had no trouble as half of the 27th was past ere he started he too is marked present on the report of that day I thought by you attending [rpt.?] that the time delayed might be [illegible] good write to him or me in refference to it Continue reading

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