I feel rather certain that I shall get home this Spring

Joseph Culver Letter, February 21, 1864, Page 1

Head Qrs., 1st Brig., 1st Div., 11th A. C.
Nashville, Febry. 21st 1864
My Dear Wife

I recd. two letters from you yesterday evening, both mailed on the 12th, but one written on the 6th & 7th & the other on the 12th. I am happy to learn that you enjoy such good health. I will not undertake to answer the questions you have asked, for I feel rather certain that I shall get home this Spring. If not, I will telegraph for you. Continue reading

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We are very glad to hear that you have not been sent to the front

Joseph Culver Letter, February 20, 1864, Page 1Carlisle Feb. 20th 1864
Dear Bro. Frank,

Yours of the 14th has been received, and we are very glad too hear that you have not been sent to the front, that is the place of honor, but also of danger, and we feel anxious that you may be as little exposed as possible, and be spared to Mary. I wonder not that you often recall the scenes of the past, when you & Mary were comfortably fixed in your own home, where joy reigned supreme; for there is no place like home, where love prompts every act, and perfumes the very air where our little ones in anticipation of reality nestle in our arms or play at our feet. May God grant unto you soon a return of those joys, for He has blessed you with a wife who is eminently qualified to make your home a happy one. Continue reading

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No letter yet; I am wholly at a loss to account for it

Joseph Culver Letter, February 20, 1864Febry. 20th/64
Dear Mary

No letter yet; I am wholly at a loss to account for it. I am quite well. I saw Capt. Hoskins this morning, he is much better, & will be home in ten days or two weeks. I also saw Lt. [Benjamin F.] Fitch, his wife is well. I close in haste.

May God bless you.

Your Affect. Husband
J. F. Culver

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It is just one week since your last letter arrived

Joseph Culver Letter, February 19, 1864, Page 1

Head Qrs., 1st Brig., 1st Div., 11th A.C.
Nashville Febry. 19th 1864
My Dear Wife

I recd. no letter to-day; it is just one week since your last arrived. I cannot divine the reason. [Pvt. Joseph] Allen recd. a letter from Lou, dated the 14th, in which she says you are well.

You wrote in one of your letters for me to send a [black] servant for Mrs. Remick and one for Maggie [Utley]. I would be happy to comply if it were possible, but every negro captured in Kentucky is sold into Slavery. None are allowed to cross the Ohio River. The only way is to get a permit to take your servants home with you, as Dr. Johns did, & then go up the river to Cairo. I cannot take time to go by water, & therefore will not be able to take them with me. Continue reading

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I was somewhat surprised to hear of Sammy’s enlisting

Joseph Culver Letter, February 19, 1864, Page 1In Camp at Loudon Tenn.
19 February 1864
Brother Frank:

Your favor of 1st inst containing letters from mother, Sammy, Brucker and Grunbaum was received three days ago. It was a very interesting package. I had not heard from home in a longtime. I was somewhat surprised to hear of Sammy’s enlisting. I knew he wanted to come into the army – he has often told me so, but I never gave him any encouragement. Once, when asked by him what he had better do with regard to entering the service, I told him to go to school two or three years, and then if necesity required it, to go into the army. I had hoped that he would be spared the evil influence incident to camp life. But it may do him good. Continue reading

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I am living in the expectation of getting to see you soon

Joseph Culver Letter, February 17, 1864, Page 1

Head Qrs. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 11th A.C.
Nashville Febry. 17th 1864
My Dear Wife

I wrote to you last night, enclosing Pass & twenty dollars, also in a letter a few days previous I enclosed an order on Wm. B. Lyon for $30. I hope they will arrive safe.

I feel very well to-night. Col. Harrison telegraphed his wife to start on Friday, so that she will be here Saturday evening [the 20th].

I am living in the expectation of getting to see you soon. All is prospering finely. We are all well. Continue reading

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Do not allow yourself to feel uneasy about the danger of my position

Joseph Culver Letter, February 16, 1864, Page 1

Head Quarters, 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 11th Army Corps
Nashville, Tenn., Febry. 16th 1864
My Dear Wife

Your letter of the 9th inst. was placed in my private drawer yesterday afternoon in my absence, & I did not get to see it until this evening. I am very happy to hear that you are in good health, & I hope from the tenor of your letter that you are trying to enjoy yourself. Do not allow yourself to feel uneasy about the danger of my position. I do not think the danger is any greater than in the command of a Company. Continue reading

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Your letter came to hand this evening and made me both happy and Sad

Joseph Culver Letter, February 13, 1864, Page 1

Head Quarters, 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 11th Army Corps
Nashville February 13th 1864
My Dear Wife

Your letter of the 6th & 7th of February came to hand this evening and made me both happy and Sad. Very happy to learn that you are safe at home and in good health and Sad that you are at home instead of here. Pontiac seems to have but few charms for you, and I have felt such a longing desire to be with you to settle down in our quiet home once more and enjoy the bliss of a “Home Circle” again. Bright visions of comfort and happiness are constantly flitting before my fancy, whether waking or sleeping, while at my desk or in my leisure hours, they still come. The pleasures of the Winter have brought everything back afresh, & I feel as if I was without a home. And your utter loneliness is continually in my mind. Continue reading

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Your letter of the 6th inst. came to hand this evening

Joseph Culver Letter, February 12, 1864, Page 1

 

Head Qrs. 1st Brig., 1st Div., 11th A.C.
Nashville, Tenn., Febry. 12th 1864
My Dear Wife

Your letter of the 6th inst. came to hand this evening. I am very happy to hear that you have arrived Safe at home. I judge from the tenor of your letter that this is not the first letter you have written since you arrived at home, but it is the first I received except your letter from Decatur.

I am sorry to hear that you find it dull and uninteresting in Pontiac, yet it has been full as much so here. It is with difficulty that I can reconcile myself to your absence & were it not that we have considerable business on hand, I do not know how I should pass the time. I do not know how many times I have wished you back. Continue reading

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I hoped very eagerly to receive a letter from you this morning

Joseph Culver Letter, February 11, 1864, Page 1

Head Quarters 1st Brig., 1st Div., 11th A.C.

Nashville, Tenn., February 11th 1864

My Dear Wife

I hoped very eagerly to receive a letter from you this morning, but the mail brought me nothing. I feel satisfied, however, that nothing serious has happened, or else the telegraph would have informed me. I have also looked in vain for Bro. Sammy. He must have taken the other route or else passed through here without stopping. I have received no letters since I last wrote. I wrote to Mother [Culver] to-day & will write to Sister Hannah soon. Continue reading

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