I set down to write to you last night, after finishing my letter to Remick, but was interrupted

Joseph Culver Letter, February 9, 1864, Page 1

Head Qrs. 1st Brig., 1st Div., 11th A.C.
Nashville Febry. 9th 1864

My Dear Wife

I set down to write to you last night, after finishing my letter to [James W.] Remick, but was interrupted; and, no opportunity offering to-day, I sent it thinking that even the short note would be acceptable. We recd. no mail to-day, but to-morrow morning I hope to receive a letter from you dated at Pontiac. I enclosed Remick’s letter to you, so that you might become acquainted with its contents & thus be able to give those matters a little attention.1 Neither Fleming or Wolgamott have paid over anything, & Remick writes that the amount due him is $28.2 I will send some money home soon to apply on those notes; in the meantime, collect all you can.

I am not well to-night. I have had a very bad cold for several days, and I got so cold on Brigade Drill this afternoon that I have a fever to-night. The cook is making up a stew for me which I will take & go to bed, & I hope to be well in the morning. I was not up to the Regt. to-day, but presume all are well. Hoskins was much better yesterday.

I enclosed a letter from Bro. Thomas [Murphy] day before yesterday, with his Photograph, requesting mine. If you have one to spare, send it; I have none here. I will write to Bro. Johnie & him soon. I have no communications from home [Carlisle] since you left. I must write to Mother [Culver] again to-morrow. Sammy [Murphy] has not called here yet. I fear he has gone through without an opportunity of coming to see me.3

I wrote several days ago that the box of butter had arrived. We have tried it & found it excellent. I am waiting anxiously for news from Pontiac. Give my love to all. I know Mother [Murphy] will be rejoiced to see you. Remember me kindly to all our friends. May God bless and keep you

Your Affect. Husband
J. F. Culver

  1. The Remick letter is missing from the Culver Collection. []
  2. For additional information about J. R. Wolgamott, see J.F.C.’s letter of Nov. 16, 1862. Efforts to secure more data on Fleming have been unsuccessful. []
  3. J.F.C.’s fear was unfounded. Pvt. Sam Murphy was still at Camp Yates, 111. Adjutant General’s Report, State of Illinois, Vol. VIII, p. 656. []

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