It has rained a great deal for a few days past making it very uncomfortable

Joseph Culver Letter, August 9, 1864, Page 1

Head qrs Co “A” 129th Regt Ills. Vols
In the Field Near Atlanta Ga
August 9th 1864
My dear Wife

I wrote but a short note yesterday because I was busy on the muster and [pay rolls?] of the Company & was anxious to get them completed but it rained so much that I did not accomplish much. I just got fairly started this morning when it commenced raining again. It has rained a great deal for a few days past making it very uncomfortable in the [trenches?]. Continue reading

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I hasten to write knowing that you may be anxious to hear and a letter unexpected always gives pleasure

Joseph Culver Letter, August 6, 1864, Page 1

Head Qurs. Co. “A” 129th Regt. Ills. Vols.
In the Field near Atlanta, Ga. August 6th 1864
My Dear Wife

Yours of July 28th came to hand this morning. I am very happy to learn that you still enjoy good health. I wrote to you by yesterday’s mail and was not aware that a mail would go out until a moment ago, yet I hasten to write knowing that you may be anxious to hear and a letter unexpected always gives pleasure. Continue reading

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I sent a letter day before yesterday by the Chaplain Cotton

Joseph Culver Letter, August 5, 1864, Page 1

Head Qurs. Co. “A” 129th Regt. Ills. Vols. Infty.
In the Field Near Atlanta, Ga.
August 5th 1864
My Dear Wife

I recd. yours of the 27th yesterday and was very happy to learn that your health continues good. I sent a letter day before yesterday by the Chaplain [Cotton], but, as he intends going by the way of Middleport, it may be several days before he reaches Pontiac. He will give a full history of events. Continue reading

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I am again in Clevd and will for at least two months

Joseph Culver Letter, August 4, 1864, Page 1[West?] Clevd Ohio Aug 4th 64
Dear Sister Mary

Your last was duly recd. and was very welcom Last Friday I recd. a letter from [name?] and Mother. And day before one from John They were well.

I am again in Clevd and will for at least [two?] months I am here because Mr [Snow?] has [sent me here?] to get and bring out a new [tug?] he is having built [here?] I do not expect to have her done before the [first?] of Oct. You may expect to be pestered with more letters [illegible] us. that I [illegible] in on them.

[illegible]

Bro Murphy
West Clevd Ohio
No 62 Clinton St

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I intended to write to you on Sabbath but was put on duty in the skirmish line

Joseph Culver Letter, August 30, 1864, Letter 2, Page 1

Head Qur. Co “A” 129th Regt Ills Vols
In the Field Near Atlanta Ga
August 3″ 1864
M.E. S. School
Pontiac Ill.
Dear Friends

I intended to write to you on Sabbath but was put on duty in the skirmish line on saturday Evening & was not relieved until late on Sunday Evening. during the past two weeks we have been so constantly moving that I have had no oportunity. As the chaplain starts for Home to-day I cannot Expect to write anything that he will not tell you much better than I can write it. I almost Envy him the pleasure he will Enjoy in seeing all your bright faces and hearing you sing those sweet songs so familiar and so intimately associated with the past. But I will live in hope that my turn will come yet And that God in His Infinite Mercy will grant me the privelege of Uniting my voice with yours in songs of praise to His most Excellent name. I have been blessed all these long weary months with Excellent health and amid all the dangers of the way through which I have been led I have Escaped unharmed. I have often thought that it was in Answer to the prayers of many kind friends that God has been so abundant in blessings to me. Our Countrys Cause in this Department is still gradually yet surely prospering. I hope you are all praying most Earnestly for Gods assistance that this war may speedily End and that the cause of Our Father may prosper.

We moved yesterday from one position on the Extreme right of the Army to the centre & we are now occupying trenches within one mile of Atlanta. The sharpshooters of the Enemy have wounded some of the men shooting from the top of the houses in the city. I heard just now that Levi Dell of Co “G” and two others of the Regt whose names I have not learned were wounded just now. The health of the Regt is good. Those of your friends wounded in our late battles are getting along well and we hope for their speedy recovery. I have many things to say to you but I must close for this time. May Our Father in Heaven bless all your Efforts to do good. Strive to please the Savior and he will bless your labor to be good and do good and you will be happy

Your affect. Friend
J.F. Culver

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Chaplain Cotton starts for home to-day

Joseph Culver Letter, August 3, 1864, Page 1

Head Qurs. Co. “A” 129th Regt. Ills. Vols.
In the Field near Atlanta, Ga., August 3rd 1864
My Dear Wife

Chaplain Cotton starts for home to-day & I hope to have an opportunity to send this by him. He recd. his resignation accepted yesterday. I have almost wished a few times that I was going with him but the campaign is not closed yet, and I must wait patiently. We moved from our position on the extreme right to the right of our Corps last night. Continue reading

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I am very happy to learn that my letters have added to your happiness

Joseph Culver Letter, July 28, 1864, Page 1

Head Qurs., Co. “A” 129th Regt. Ills. Vols.
In the Field Near Atlanta, Georgia
July 28th 1864
My Dear Wife

Your letter of July 18th was recd. since I last wrote. I am very happy to learn that you enjoy such good health and also that my letters have added to your happiness. May our Father in Heaven, who has been so bountiful in blessings to us, continue to preserve us in life and health and give us Grace to discharge our duty in such a manner as may find favor in his sight. Continue reading

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I have had no opportunity to answer fully your letters and shall not be able to do so to-day

Joseph Culver Letter, July 23, 1864, Page 1

Head Quarters Co. “A” 129th Regt Ills Vols
In The field in front of Atlanta Ga
July 23rd 1864
My dear wife

I have had no oportunity to answer fully your letters of the 9″ 10″ & 12″ & shall not be able to do so to-day I presume. You must have gathered a large quantity of Sanitary Stores judging from the quantities mentioned in your several letters I hope I may have an opportunity to assist in consuming them. Your health has been much better than I anticipated & I am very happy God has dealt very kindly¬†with us: I am very much obliged for the papaers you sent I have recd some 5 or 6 within a very few days. I have understood all along that Henry Greenebaum was strong for the union & am surprised to learn that he has any sentiments in common with the Copperheads. Continue reading

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