I recd. a pass this evening with recommendation to get pass from Chattanooga to Cleveland

Joseph Culver Letter, April 20, 1864, Page 1

Hd. Qurs. Co. “A”, 129th Ills. Vols.1
Wauhatchie, Tenn., April 20th 1864
My Dear Wife

I recd. a pass this evening with recommend[ation] to get pass from Chattanooga to Cleveland.2 I will start on the 5 o’clock train to-morrow morning, & will try to get to Bro. Johnie & Sammy to-morrow if possible. My pass is only for three days.

Your letter of 13th & 14th arrived this evening.3 I am happy to hear that you are well. May God preserve your health.

There is a rumor here of a battle at Cleveland to-day.4 If it be true, I may not get through to-morrow. I will write again in a few days. Give my love to all. May our Father in Heaven keep you, and so endow you by grace Divine that you may be continually happy. Good night,

Your Affect. Husband
J. F. Culver

  1. On April 18 Lieutenant Culver was detailed for temporary duty as an aide-de-camp to General Butterfield, and 48 hours later he was relieved from that assignment and rejoined Company A, 129th Illinois. Compiled Service Records of Union Soldiers, NA. []
  2. Company M, 1st Illinois Artillery, the unit to which Sergt. John Murphy was assigned, had left Loudon, Tenn., on April 18 for Cleveland, Tenn. Adjutant General’s Report, State of Illinois, Vol. VIII, p. 666. []
  3. The subject letter is missing from the Culver Collection. []
  4. There was no truth to the story that there had been a battle at Cleveland. Reports reaching General Thomas’ Chattanooga headquarters indicated that General Johnston’s Army of Tennessee was in its camp in and around Dalton, Ga. O.R., Ser. I, Vol. XXXII, pt. III, pp. 411-12. []

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