Lego and architectural creations!

Most people think Lego is a toy for kids, but many adults love to create their own models. In fact, architects and designers use it to sketch concepts in 3D. The Lego Architecture Studio is for them: it contains 1,200 monochromatic bricks selected by and for architects—and architecture lovers.


Fancy yourself the next Neutra, Meier or Lautner? Then you need the new Lego Architecture Studio. It’s the perfect toolkit for any aspiring architect and designer. It’s a completely free-building Lego experience. And it totally rocks.

The toolkit is designed to encourage you to build unique architectural creations, using over 1,200 monochromatic white bricks, plates, slopes and tiles (most are white, but some are transparent, which make for nice doors and windows). There’s also a 272-page design guide included, that teaches “concepts such as scale, mass and density, symmetry, modules and repetition, space and section, [and] surface.” This isn’t a standard construction book, it’s more an inspiration, style and idea guide. It even comes with exercise sections, where you can further explore the concepts discussed, in a hands-on way.

Unleash Your Inner Frank Lloyd Wright With LegoSEXPAND

This past weekend Barnes & Noble held their first-ever Lego Architecture Studio celebration in honor of the launch. It was a glorious affair. Over 450 B&N stores took part. I left with two design toolkits, and at $150 bucks a pop they weren’t cheap, but definitely worth it. I can see this being used in schools, to teach basic design principles. And who knows, maybe the next Corbusier, Wright or van der Rohe will learn the skills of his craft with one of these toolkits…

You will be able to get it everywhere on August 1.

Unleash Your Inner Frank Lloyd Wright With LegoSEXPAND

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I was tasked with running a mandatory event at the Barnes & Noble where I work to promote these. We got maybe 8 or so in stock last week and they look pretty good. I had one on display for the parents while 4 kids build sweet little towers and houses and we raffled off a Guggenheim set. Best part? Receiving a tub of 10,000 white and clear plastic bricks and still having 9,000 left in the break room. We’re considering building a wearable stormtrooper helmet!Yesterday 10:01pm


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This would be perfect for some LEGO stopmotion buildings and snow scenes! I’m always running out of one color…Today 12:27am

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These are great as a learning tool as they will pretty much necessitate orthogonal building and too many people jump to arcs, curves and parametric surfaces before understanding how to create an orthogonal building and create it correctly all the while creating it as an attractive experiment in design. It is much too easy to use curves and undulating surfaces as a substitute for proportion, scale and space. 

Before you can soar on arced wings you must learn to fly first.

Sadly as an architect I probably can’t afford these but it’ll be great for the Architects at heart that decided to go another, more fiscally responsible direction, in life.Yesterday 8:29pm

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What a great learning tool for teaching high school kids about Architecture. Also what a great toy for us grown up Architect wanabees! Yesterday 5:34pm


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In my second year of undergrad architecture school I had this wild hair of an idea to buy all white pieces of Lego and do just this. This is an awesome implementation of quick build designs. It really has little value in regards to human scale and such, but to use as a light box or for checking sight lines and over for all form it would be a very fun tool. Even somewhat more manageable when pushing several small scale thumbnail models out. As opposed to standard methods of using light mat-board or card stock. Love this, I’m in for one, even if its just to play minimalist designer dad with my son.Yesterday 5:38pm


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…and as always, you need more than one set in order to build something really interesting and not just a 15cmx15cm model…Yesterday 5:58pm


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Lord of the Rings and Lego fans of the world, get ready to sink $200 in the new 2359-piece, 28-inch tall Lego Tower of Orthanc set, which includes six floors: dungeon, entrance hall, Saruman’s throne room, alchemy room, library and the secret attic to which you can access using a secret stair. It’s now available for…


This impressive build by lego artist Mike Doyle is described as a “textural exploration of decay with a Victorian home engulfed in mud.” The mud has tore down walls and is pouring out over the porch. Architecturally, it’s quite stunning. The angled roofs, lines and symmetry provide a stark contrast to the carnage…



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Strolling through a Miniature Garden

In Of Gardens, Francis Bacon praises gardening as “the purest of human pleasures; it is the greatest refreshment to the spirits of man […].”  Having just moved here from Bozeman, MT, and left my garden behind to start the Library and Information Science master’s program, I have been sorely missing the simple pleasure of watching something grow.  The jar of green onions growing on the windowsill of my basement apartment window does not seem to refresh my spirits in quite the same way as Bacon intended. He says that only a 30 acre garden will do—clearly, Bacon never had to live in a basement apartment. So while the corn continues to grow to as high as an elephant’s eye and squash vines consume other people’s backyards, I have decided to scour Special Collections for gardening books in order to vicariously experience “the purest of human pleasures.”IMG_1596_b

During my search, I chanced upon Claire Lawson-Hall’s diary of a single year of gardening.  She has separated her story by season: A Spring Garden (1999), A Summer Garden (1999), An Autumn Garden (2000), and A Winter Garden (2001), illustrated by Muriel Mallows and printed at The Alembic Press, Marcham, UK. The design of each miniature evokes the season Lawson-Hall chronicles. IMG_1572_2 In A Spring Garden she describes the progress of her garden February through May.  The blackbirds, starlings, and robins have all returned and set up various camps. The bulb flowers are blooming and ladybirds(bugs) have made an early appearance. Like every other gardener Lawson-Hall must battle snails and weeds, although I have to disagree with her  unfavorable opinion of dandelions—dandelion wine and salads are delightful! The pages of this book are folded like a cootie catcher and they spring open much like the flowers in her garden. When the book covers are tied together there are beautiful floral designs on either underside.IMG_1575_2

May through August summer returns and swallows take center stage in her narrative. Lawson-Hall describes their nest making and the birth of the first set of chicks and their departure. Her orchard is in bloom and volunteer poppies have sprung up on the edges of the garden.  In August she worries about drought, like most of us now, and hints at the first signs of autumn.  To me the design of this book conjures the image of wandering around her garden as the text winds from vertical columns to horizontal and back again. I love the final image where we can see Lawson-Hall doing battle with the valerian.IMG_1581_2

IMG_1585_2In autumn the last of the swallows leave and September through November Lawson-Hall focuses on preserving her harvest and making jams.  Hedgehogs mosey about the property and mowing the lawn and raking leaves are given constants in this season. This book design might be my favorite. It works like a Jacob’s ladder and the pages tumble down and become disarranged when I try to figure out the best way to read her diary. I think this is her cleverest representation of a season; the descending pages perfectly represent the falling leaves. Where the other illustrations are colored by watercolors, this book features real fall leaves stamped onto the squares of cardboard.


Lawson-Hall admits that winter is her least favorite season, perhaps this distaste accounts for her own tardiness when planting her broad beans and garlic. The unassuming design of this miniature also suggests that she was less inspired by the season, but I IMG_1591_2think it mimics winter quite well. The book is bound as a codex (curiously 2 gatherings have been bound out of order in our copy) which creates a more static feeling rather than the active unfolding, turning, or picking up motions involved with reading the other three works.  This more passive reading conveys to me a sense that the reader and author have moved indoors and that we are no longer rambling through the garden. The illustrations this time bear heavy plate marks which give the impression of looking through a window pane at the flora and fauna outside.

If Bacon read these little books, I am sure he would change his view that pleasure from a garden can only be derived if experienced by wandering through 30 acres or more of land.  These 3x3in. books take the reader on a memorable and tactile journey. Now I am inspired to expand my windowsill garden from just green onions in a jar to maybe some kitchen herbs too—then I will have an excuse to create my own cute garden books.

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I felt somewhat surprised before opening your letter to find it Post Marked Clinton

Joseph Culver Letter, July 30, 1863, Page 1

Head Quarters, Co. “A” 129th Regt. Ills. Vol. Infty.
Gallatin, Tenn. July 30th 1863

My Dear Wife

Yours of the 28th inst. came to hand this evening. I felt somewhat surprised before opening your letter to find it Post Marked Clinton, a name not at all familiar,1 & I feared you had removed where my letters would not reach you. I was very agreeably disappointed upon opening it, however, & finding you still among warm friends. I have felt great anxiety about your health & hope you will not hesitate to make use of any means to restore you to your accustomed good health.

I wrote to you two days ago but as the trains were employed in transporting troops, the mails were necessarily detained. Wean Frankie by all means. I apprehend no serious results in his case, while it may prove very serious in yours to delay longer, especially if the surmises of Dr. Griswold are correct.2 I did not encourage it here [weaning Frankie] because I thought you entirely mistaken in your conjectures, & I hope you will run no risks in the matter. If it should still prove a mistake, no harm will result, and if not, much good to yourself.

I was not aware that Frankie was so heathenish as to debar him from the privilege of attending church. I hope, however, he may improve in manners, as he grows in years.3

Do not let your expenses debar your pleasure in any way. I want you to enjoy yourself & get well as soon as possible, & you have the greater need of it if the early part of the winter should find you (winning your dress). May God bless you & speedily restore your health.

I am very thankful to Mr. Scott for his kindness, & hope some day to have the pleasure of taking a ride myself on the S. D. Caldwell.4

Thomas [Murphy] has not written, neither have I heard from Johnie lately. I have a perfect understanding of how matters stand with Sis & also Miss Turner, as I saw Miss Turner’s letter on the subject. (Mum).

You will Remember me kindly to Mrs. Williams & all the family. I dare not think of the pleasure it would give me to accept her kind wishes & assist to make your Visit a happy one. Perhaps when my duty is done here I may be permitted to see them all.

I am under obligations to Miss Sarah for a very kind & interesting letter which I will try and answer. I am sorry that my letter never reached her as I wrote quite a lengthy one as you can testify. Remember me also to Miss Aggie Davidson. Perhaps she will recollect my Visit at Utica; though short, it was very pleasant. I am exceedingly sorry to hear of the death of Miss Reed. My recollection is that she played the Organ when I was there. Am I correct?

It has been raining hard for the past 24 hours, leaving everything very wet & damp. We have scarcely got well dried since you left, almost continual rains. Pegram with 2000 men went into Kentucky on Monday to help Morgan not having heard that he was Captured.5 He is rapidly retreating with some 6 or 7,000 troops on his flank & rear.

I have had no news from home since I last wrote. I expect to hear from Russell very soon.

It was one year ago on Wednesday [the 28th] since I left you on the little porch to attend the meeting in which I signed my name as a recruit. Do you recollect it? I shall never forget your look when I returned & told you what I had done. How easily I read your thoughts, & oh, how I thanked God for so noble [&] self sacrificing a heart, as he had given me in my wife. When all the anticipated pleasures of a life were placed in the balance, with a dark prospective future and on the other hand duty, she had no remonstrance but cheerfully yielded all to the cause of right & Country. Few men have greater incentives to deeds of bravery than I have. May God abundantly reward you.

Very many times have all these circumstances recurred to my mind, & I have always felt that I should ever strive to be worthy [of] the confidence reposed in me, & give you no reason to regret your resolution. Pray for me.

Christ Yetter promised to write to you but has not done so yet. He came off duty this morning wet to the skin & has not been feeling very well to-day. Mrs. Smith is much better & expects to be able to travel home in ten days. Capt. Reed will return from Pontiac by Monday, & we will get the news.

Charlie Paige is in Pontiac & report says he has been appointed Brig. Genrl. of [a] negro Brigade. I doubt it very much. I hope he may be useful for once.

Alf Huetson has been experimenting in vaccination on himself & has a very sore arm; I think the bins [?] he used must have been impure. He has several large boils which are quite painful.

Phil Plattenburg [Regimental Adjutant] has been sick for several days, & I have been assisting him some. I made out the Consolidated Monthlies for him today & find the total sick in the Regt. only 48; a very small list, indeed, which tells well for the health of the Regiment.

Dr. Johnson & Bob Edgington are in Louisville to see their wives, who are there but could not get through the lines. I do not know whether they intend to bring them here or not.

Nelson has put up a tent, & his wife expects to stay in camp.6 We received a dispatch from Genrl. Rosecrans, inquiring if Nelson was dangerously ill. It seems his wife telegraphed for a pass, stating that he was; but she got through & it did not become necessary to answer it. He has not been sick at all. I intended to answer Sarah’s letter to-night, but it is getting very late & I think I shall defer it until to-morrow evening.

I have written a much longer letter to you than I expected & laughed at myself for selecting so large a sheet. My health is quite good. We have apples plenty. Peaches and plums are ripening, but are not plenty [iful] yet.

If I could step into Mrs. Williams’ Parlor to-morrow morning, I would give you one of the sweetest kisses you ever had. Please accept it, at any rate; & perhaps I shall be able to make it good someday. I want you to be well enough to come & see me this fall if I cannot get home & we remain here.

Read at your leisure the 25th and 35th chaps. of Isaiah. Give my love to Mother, Frankie & all our dear friends. I shall look anxiously for another letter soon. The paper you sent has not yet come to hand. “Do not be discouraged” but persevere. I must say Good-night, praying that God will be with & bless you all.

Your Affect. Husband
J. F. Culver

  1. Mary Culver’s letter of July 25 is missing from the Culver Collection. Clinton, another Oneida County town, is about five miles west of New Hartford.
  2. Dr. Walter R. Griswold was a 44-year-old New Hartford, New York, physician. Eighth Census, Oneida County, State of New York, NA.
  3. Apparently Frankie had acted ill-manneredly in church.
  4. Captain Scott was master of the screw steamer S.D. Caldwell of 757 tons. Mary Culver had booked passage on the S.D. Caldwell from Detroit to Buffalo. Merchant Steam Vessels of the United States, 1807-1868. “The Lytle List” (Mystic, 1952), p. 167.
  5. Morgan with the remnant of his command had been captured on July 26, 1863 near New Lisbon, Ohio. Col. John S. Scott, not Brig. Gen. John Pegram, had crossed from East Tennessee into Kentucky through Big Creek Gap on Saturday, July 25. Advancing rapidly by way of Williamsburg, London, and Big Hill, Scott’s brigade engaged the Federals at Rogersville on the 28th and occupied Richmond. There Colonel Scott learned of Morgan’s capture. On the 29th Scott’s troopers pushed on to Winchester, and, on learning of the approach of strong Union columns, abandoned their toehold in the Bluegrass region and started back to East Tennessee. O. R.. Ser. I, Vol. XXIII, pt. I, pp. 839-840.
  6. Erastus J. Nelson, a 27-year-old painter, was mustered into service on Sept. 8, 1862, as a corporal in Company A, 129th Illinois. Nelson was reduced to private on Jan. 12, 1863, and was wounded in the chest at Peachtree Creek, Georgia, on July 20, 1864, and hospitalized at Nashville until Oct. 8, when he was given a medical discharge. Compiled Service Records of Union Soldiers, NA.
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A 3D-printed Jumbo Jet?

Bastian Schaefer is the Cabin and Cargo Innovation Manager at Airbus Operations — and leads a group of far-thinking engineers who are building out a concept plane. Previously at Airbus, he worked on the development of A380 stairs and components for in-flight entertainment. Between 2006 and 2011 Bastian worked at Bertrand Ingenieurbüro GmbH working on projects with C&D Zodiac Development A350XWB Lavatories, AT Kearney and EADS Technology Watch Consulting. He considers himself a mechanical engineer and has a special interest in cars.

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I hoped to hear that you were quite well & feel sorry to hear that you do not enjoy good health

Joseph Culver Letter, July 28, 1863, Page 1

Head Quarters, Co. “A” 129th Regt. Ills. Vol. Infty.
Gallatin, Tenn., July 28th 1863

My Dear Wife

Yours of July 22nd is duly received.1 I hoped to hear that you were quite well & feel sorry to hear that you do not enjoy good health.

I have hoped for a favorable return of my last petition until now. I dare not anticipate the granting of a leave of Absence any longer for the present at least. I intended yesterday to try & go to Nashville to-day & press my suit with General Rosecrans, but Orders have been received forbidding any Officer to go without permission from the Post Commander at Nashville.2 I feel disappointed & I know you will, but let us conclude that all is for the best.

I have been sick myself to-day with strong symtoms of a Billious Attack. I am taking medicine to-night & hope to be much better in the morning.

If it becomes essential to your health to wean Frankie, you must not hesitate to do it. The weather will soon be getting cooler, & with his good health I think there would be but little danger.

In answer to your letter, I saw Dr. Moore on Saturday; he was here a couple of hours. His family are all well & were seemingly glad to hear from you. I have written to Bro. Fisher about the matter you forgot, thinking that in your hasty departure you might have forgotten it. It was not of much importance, probably would have been attended to without saying anything.

I am happy to hear that Frankie has such a good appetite, as it denotes good health. I hope in taking “after his Papa,” he may improve on the Example set him.

I am unable to say how long Beer has been in use, but probably something of its nature has been used even in our Savior’s time. I have used more of it during the past month than I have for years. I think it does me good, but it is not palatable.3

I presumed that you would consult Mother about your condition before this, & conclude that if nothing has been developed by this time, or within a very few days at least, that I have won the bet.4 I have never thought of laughing at you, nor am I much surprised if you are mistaken. I earnestly hope that you are gaining Strength, as you seem to think in closing your letter that you are improving. Tell Frankie that Papa sends a kiss to him & Mother inside this ring. (Kiss)

I am inclined to believe that all your letters have reached me but some of them are at a very late date. I have letters from New Hartford mailed on the 10th, 11th, 14th, 17th, 21st, 22nd of July. You can tell if that is all. You wrote in one of your letters for my opinion of your going to Carlisle. I hope if you are able you will go if it is only for a short visit. I had planned to meet you & go with you, but all is past for this time. Do not let my failure depress you, for you will need the more courage. I presume ere this if my letter has been received, that you have heard from Mother [Culver] perhaps through Hannah or Jennie. You need fear nothing. Yet I know I could have added materially to your enjoyment if I could have been with you.

I regret very much that I did not know that Mother [Murphy] was with you when I wrote home. I told my Mother that I thought it probable she was, but I did not know as you did not mention it, either in your letter from Pontiac or Detroit. I shall write again to Mother to-night.

I recd. another letter from Bro. Wes. Father is no better but declining. I would ask Bro. Charlie to meet you in Harrisburg, if I thought you had fully fixed upon a time to go, but I presume after receiving my last letters you will wait for my coming. If you will write to him the time of your coming, he will be happy to meet you.

I wish both Mother & you a very pleasant visit. I know our Mothers will enjoy each other’s society. Tell Mother M. not to feel any hesitancy in making herself at home there for my sake. It is my old home & very dear. There are so many things I intended to show you & tell you about that I should fail to Enumerate all in a letter. I shall write to you at Carlisle as soon as you let me know the time you will start & try & open the way for you. You must not get frightened at the host of Bros., Sisters, Nephews & Nieces you will meet. The girls will take delight in showing you around.5

Christ Yetter is enjoying good health. He said yesterday that he was going to write to you. Alf Huetson says that if you come again, he will take Frankie & make him a bed beside his.6 Mrs. Smith is growing better slowly & hopes are entertained of her speedy recover. Her Father is here.

Bill Russell started for Pontiac yesterday morning. I am sure I never saw any one so homesick. He could hardly stand the prospect of being once more in Pontiac & talked & acted like a little Boy. He told us how he intended to conduct himself, & all he intended to say. He is determined to flirt with Miss Turner, Mrs. Green, and Mrs. Mott if he can, but professes no desire to go farther. If he were beseiged by all three at once (as he fears), I do not know what he would do. Miss Turner has kept up a regular correspondence. You must be discreet with my secrets, I do not wish to be in the least compromised in any way or event. But Bill & I have been confidents for a long time, & it is not improper that I should see & read for myself. I shall surely use my influence to secure his happiness. Though I may have been guilty once of looking after my own happiness in antagonism to what might have been strictly proper, I have surely no interests at stake now. I hope he may be as happy as I am in possessing the love of a noble, pure, & good wife.

May God bless you, my Wife, and make you happy always & never allow anything to transpire to mar your happiness. I wrote a long letter to the S. School on Sunday night. I have been waiting for a letter from Maggie [Utley] for sometime. I fear she has forgotten her promise to you. I have not heard from Bro. Johnnie [Murphy] yet. I must write again to-morrow. I should not be disappointed much if the money I sent him was lost. Bro. Thomas [Murphy] has not written yet.

I shall look for a full account of your Visit soon. How did you find your old haunts of pleasure. I hope beautiful as ever. Kiss Frankie & Mother for me & accept very many for yourself. I shall add a line in the morning informing you how I feel. Remember me kindly to all our friends. Hoping that God will bless you with health & happiness for which I shall ever pray, I will say Good Night

Your Affect. Husband
J. F. Culver

  1. Mary Culver’s letter of July 22 is missing from the Culver Collection.
  2. General Rosecrans was in Nashville from July 22-25, and on the 26th he returned to the front, establishing his headquarters at Winchester, Tenn. O. R., Ser. I, Vol. XXIII, pt. II, pp. 550-560.
  3. In her letter of the 22d, Mary Culver must have broached the question of beer drinking.
  4. J.F.C. is alluding to the possibility that his wife might be pregnant.
  5. This would be Mary Culver’s first visit to Carlisle, and she had misgivings over meeting her in-laws for the first time.
  6. Alfred C. Huetson, a 22-year-old farmer, was mustered into service on Sept. 8, 1862, as a private in Company A, 129th Illinois. He was promoted to corporal on May 9, 1863, and on March 21, 1864, was detached as brigade topographical engineer. On April 6, 1865, Corporal Huetson was placed on duty at headquarters, Army of Georgia. Compiled Service Records of Union Soldiers, NA.
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I have just finished a letter to Mary directing it to New Hartford N.Y.

Joseph Culver Letter, July 27, 1863, Letter 2, Page 1East Villa, July 27th/63.

Dear brother Joe,

I have just finished a letter to Mary directing it to New Hartford N.Y. which is the place you spoke of. I sent her an invitation to spend the remainder of the Summer with us which we will be very glad to have her do for Jennie is going to house-keeping in two or three weeks & we will be very lonely here. Father’s health is not improving any He frequently suffers with pain in his Stomach beside has rheumatism in his back and limbs & of course is growing weaker. Jennie’s children have been sick for a week or two & I have not been very well but we are all feeling better to-day. There is a great deal of sickness in town and through the country too. The weather is very warm & sultry which I think makes it worse. Anna & Kate Yong have both been quite ill but are again recovering My mind was so much occupied with the Rebbles when I last wrote that I neglected telling you some other things which I have no doubt will interest you among which is the marriage of Annie Yong. She was married on the fifth of this month to Hiram Good. I think you must have known him for he lives but a short distance from the Schoolhouse where you taught School. She was married very quietly on Sunday evening & we knew nothing of it for near a week afterward. I have not seen her since. Wes is still at home but speaks of going into service with a cavalry company now forming in Carlisle. Charlie has been working for Gustie all harvest; hands are not to be had at any price. Harry is in Bucks County at his home but we expect him back in a few days. College opens about the middle of next month. The prospects for a prosperous year are quite favorable just now.

I think from what I read that Brag’s army must have joined Lee’s as reports say Lee has been heavily reinforced and again threatens Penn. If Rosecrans should follow Brag you may not have very far to come home when you are permitted to come. Gov. Curtin is censured somewhat for sending home the Malitia as it weakens the defense along the border but the draft is expected to take place in a few days and the vacancie will no doubt be filled by the drafted men. I will let you know if any of our friends are drafted. The family all join in sending much love. Let us hear from you soon.

Your affectionate Sister.
Hanna Culver

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Improve your lit search for a systematic review with a free workshop on July 30th

This class will focus on tips and techniques for carrying out a successful literature search in support of a systematic review.

Topics will include techniques for developing search strategies, deciding which databases to search and how to seek out grey literature for a given topic. There will also be discussion on selecting journals for hand searching, documenting search strategies, and saving and organizing references.

Our next session:

Tuesday, July 30th  10:00-11:00am (Location: East Information Commons, Hardin Library)

Register online ( or by calling 319-335-9151.

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I am very Sorry to hear that you do not enjoy good health

Joseph Culver Letter, July 26, 1863, Page 1

Head Quarters, Co. “A” 129th Regt. Illinois, Vols. Infty.
Gallatin, Tennessee July 26th 1863

My Dear Wife

Yours of the 16th reached me yesterday evening and of the 14th a few days ago.1 I am very Sorry to hear that you do not enjoy good health. I hoped the climate would produce good results & that you would gain rather than lose Strength. I wish Frankie could be weaned for I think he is the principal cause of it, but you know best; only be careful of your health.

I have almost despaired of getting leave of Absence. It is ten days since my petition was forwarded & no answer yet. I dare not look for a favorable return & have almost given up the anticipated pleasure. When the time will come, I cannot divine but earnestly hope it may be soon.

Russell is almost entirely well; he will start home to-morrow. He comes as near being homesick as any one I ever saw. Maples returned yesterday. He brought a letter for me from Abbie [Remick]. Our friends in Pontiac are all well. Your shawl is at Dehner’s; Mrs. Smith is getting better, & if she does not relapse may get well. She is very poorly. Her father arrived here Friday evening. I shall write to the S. School to-day & send by Russell.

He [Russell] denies having sent Mrs. Green any present. He is smitten with Fanny Mott, & says he is going home to see her.2 I am of the opinion that he is becoming anxious to get a wife. When you married, he said he would never try again (such is life).

I wrote you an account of Jim Abbe & Soph (Frost) Stephen’s Elopement. They have been caught & are now awaiting trial.3

I recd. a letter from Bro. Wes [Culver] a few days ago. Father is no better. All the rest are well. When do you expect to visit Carlisle? Mother is very anxious for you to come. Jennie was on a visit with her husband. Annie Zug[‘s] sister, Lizzie’s oldest daughter, was married recently. Bro. Charlie [Culver] got a fine horse & equipments from the Rebels while they were in Carlisle.

Frankie, you say, will soon be able to walk alone. I wonder if he would know me; how much I should like to see you both, I presume ere this you have recd. my letters anticipating my visit home. I am sorry for the disappointment.

Our Chaplain [Reverend Cotton] has resigned. He would have gained credit by doing so long ago. We had some Company Records printed. I will send one to Pontiac & have it framed by the time you return, also one to mother.4 They make quite a handsome picture.

Dr. Moore was here yesterday; his family are well.5 Mike Collins is editor of the Sentinel.6 Gagan has gone to California.7 There were none of our Regt. captured on the train Morgan took; it was only a report.

I must close or I will not get my letter in the mail this morning. My health is quite good. We got new tents on Friday & the Camp looks very nice. Write to me often as you can. Remember me kindly to all our friends. Kiss Babie & Mother for me. Let me know when you go to Carlisle. I shall write to Mother to-day if possible. May God bless and keep you and hasten our return to home. Let us praise him for all his goodness thus far.


Your Affect. Husband
J. F. Culver

  1. General Morgan and his raiders on July 13 had invaded Ohio. The pursuit was vigorous, as the Confederates rode eastward, in search of a way to recross the Ohio into Kentucky. There were frequent skirmishes. Many of the Confederates straggled, and on the 26th Morgan with the remnant of his once-feared division surrendered near New Lisbon, Ohio. With Morgan hard-pressed and unable to halt long enough to seriously damage the railroads, communication lines south to the army leading through Louisville were promptly reopened. O. R., Ser. I, Vol. XXIII, pt. I, pp. 632-633.
  2. Fanny Mott was a recent widow, her husband the regimental hospital steward Isaac Mott having died at South Tunnel, April 12, 1863. Sarah Green was Silas Green’s 25-year-old widow. Eighth Census, Livingston County, State of Illinois, NA.
  3. Jim Abbe, the Pontiac city clerk, had deserted his wife and family for the charms of Sophia Stephens, the 23-year-old wife of William Stephens, a Pontiac carpenter. Ibid.
  4. A Civil War fad was for a unit, usually a company, to have its roster engraved on parchment and reproduced. J.F.C. was mistaken about Chaplain Cotton’s resignation. Cotton would remain with the unit another year before resigning.
  5. It has been impossible to further identify Dr. Moore.
  6. Mike (Marcellus) Collins was a 31-year-old Pontiac attorney, and he had purchased the Sentinel from Cook & Gagan. Eighth Census, Livingston County, State of Illinois, NA; History of Livingston County, p. 317.
  7. William Gagan had resigned as regimental sutler on March 27, 1863. His replacement was Ed Maples, a former sheriff of Livingston County. Regimental Papers, 129th Illinois, NA.
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UpToDate Mobile App now available!

UpToDateMobileUpToDate is one of the leading evidence-based clinical practice tools available, and has long been provided for University of Iowa students, faculty, and clinicians. Written by a recognized faculty of experts who each address a specific clinical issue, the contents synthesize the latest evidence and best practices.

Now, access to this resource has become even more convenient for mobile device users with the introduction of the UpToDate mobile app.

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