Rufus Washington Culpepper1

Male, #5848, (circa 1838 - circa 1864)
Father*John Tyler Culpepper of Cherokee Co., AL (1810 - bt 1870 - 1880)
Mother*Martha Melvina Baker (c 1813 - a 1880)
Extinct Surname?* The family branch headed by Rufus Washington Culpepper is believed to have no living male descendants with the Culpepper surname. If you know otherwise, please contact Lew Griffin using the link at the bottom of this page. 
Name Variation He was also known as George W. Culpepper
(Rufus was George W. Culpepper in the 1850 census, but he changed his name before the 1860 census. In that he is Rufus W. He signed his letters that he wrote to his wife during the Civil War as R. W. Culpepper.) 
Birth*circa 1838 Rufus was born at Cherokee Co., Alabama, circa 1838. 
Employment* Rufus's occupation: Teacher. 
1840 Census1 Jun 1840 Joel, Rufus and James was probably a free white male, under 5 years old, in an unknown person 's household, on the 1840 Census on 1 Jun 1840 at Cherokee Co., Alabama.2 
1860 Census* Rufus was listed as the head of a family on the 1860 Census at Cherokee Co., Alabama.3 
Marriage*circa 1860 He married Mary L. Emerson at Cherokee Co., Alabama, circa 1860. 
Civil War*between 1862 and 1864 He served in the War Between the States between 1862 and 1864

     Rufus Washington Culpepper enlisted in the Cherokee Davis Guards, then when they reached Nashville they enlisted in Clifton's 4th Alabama Battalion: Maj. James M. Clifton. The records now will show that he was in the 55th AL Reg't, but he never was. It was due to trying to simplify the records that members of the 4th AL Bat. are shown under the 55th.

R. W. Culpepper enlisted Nashville, 1 Nov. 1861, reported ill 30 Apr 1862: claim for decease soldier was made by Mary J. Culpepper, Mother, 25 Jan. 1864 ("Mother" was a mistake…Mary L. was his wife & a written "L." is easily mistaken for "J.")4 
Death*circa 1864 He died circa 1864. 
Biography* Rufus W. CULPEPPER was the son of Martha Melvina BAKER and John Tyler CULPEPPER. In the 1850 Cherokee County Alabama census he was shown as George W, age 13, - census taken 25th of November.

In 1860 Cherokee County, AL census George W. CULPEPPER has changed his name to Rufus W. CULPEPPER. Rufus, age 22, teaching school, and Mary L. age 17 had been married within the year. Rufus and Mary L. had one child, daughter Josephine. Rufus W. Culpepper died during the war. I wish I knew if he died of an illness or was killed, and where he died.

In 1870 Cherokee Co. census Mary, age 27 and Josie, age 10, were living with Mary's mother Eliza EMERSON.

In 1880 census - Cherokee County, AL- Josephine CULPEPPER, age 19, daug is listed in the household of Reynolds CANTRELL, age 56 and wife Mary, age 37. Emma, 19 daug and David, 3.son.

Josephine never married. She came to Texas with her mother & stepfather, Reynolds Cantrell. They were in Texas by November 1882. 1900 census shows half brother Edward was born then. She lived with the family in Van Alstyne, TX. In 1930 she was 69 years old, living with her half brother Roy and his wife. It was there that Virginia Ann CULPEPPER CHISENHALL'S (sister of R. W. Culpepper) daughters Mabel Walker, Tollie Taylor, Vera Norton and Cricket Watkins used to go and visit their Cousin Josephine. Believe Virginia Ann called her brother "Washington" because that is the name my mother called him. But the letters were signed R. W., and I was completely confused until I found R. W. and Mary Culpepper in the 1860 census.

Cousin Josephine either let the Chisenhall sisters have her father's letters to copy, or gave them copies. I believe that my Aunt Vera is the one that transcribed and typed them. When I found the original letter #7 - I found in her version of it that she had left part of it out and corrected spelling, punctuation and grammar. I have tried to find the other original letters, but started on that much too late. My aunts' families knew nothing about them. I went to Van Alstyne once, but the family was gone. Cousin Josephine had died a number of years before. A couple of people in the drug store did remember the family. However, they said the family left Van Alstyne a long time before.. On Culpepper Connections Death Records a Josephine Culpepper is recorded as died 16 Nov 1957 in Grayson County. That would make her 97+.

It seems that Melvina and John T. Culpepper gave each child several names, and in each census they were often called by a different name, therefore the confusion about how many children there actually were. And as you can see in the letters that follow, R. W. Culpepper was not consistent in names he called his brother-in-law and cousins.1 
Letter/Message Text*between 1861 and 1862  He wrote between 1861 and 1862:
The Letters of Rufus Washington Culpepper

10 Letters Written During The Civil War from Confederate Soldier Rufus Washington Culpepper to his Wife, Mary L. Emerson Culpepper of Gaylesville, Alabama

Letter #1, Nashville, Tenn. Nov. 17th 1861
Dear Wife I embrace the
present opportunity to inform you that I am
well at this time. I landed yesterday at
5 O’clock P.M. and all the boys were well
except some who had the measles but they are
all on the mend. We was left at the bluff
but we headed them at Sewalls Ferry, made
them stay till we all got aboard and then
we made for home. We arrived there at 8
O’clock P.M. and could not make connection
with the carrs until 7 P.M. the next night
Hence to Kingston at 9 O’clock P.M. and left
there at Eleven O’clock P.M. We lay by two
hours and thence to Ringold and found the
bridge burnt above Ringold and had to carry
our baggage the ¼ [?] of a mile and thence to
Chattanooga and then to Stephenson and [ink blot]
Nashville where we will remain a short time
but can not tell how long. I am very well
pleased with the place and also our men. They
were glad to see us sure. They came out in
time to meet us like quarter horses. Ed is
all right, Mat is the same, John Baker (?) came
with us. Tell Amanda* that [big blot]
Page #2
We fixed him up with clothes and such things
as he needed. Tell Rufus Baker that Andrew
is all right, I am in no mess as yet. I and
Ed lay in an[iale or tall ?] tent last night—slept well
for first time since I left you and
Josephine, I would like to see you and Jose
the best kind. I want you to get along the
best you can till I come home. I would send
you my likeness if I could get one now
but have not time to hunt one up now. I will
send one the next time I write. I will do
the best I can for myself and try to come home
as soon as I think it necessary. There
will be preaching here today. I had a pleasant
ride on the carrs Pru said I would. You kiss
Josephine for me. So nothing more at this
time but Rem. Your affectionate Hus.
To M. L. C. R. W. Culpepper

* Amanda was his sister, age 14

Letter #2, Nov. 19th 1861
t..... Dear Wife, Brothers & Sisters, I this
o... Myself of the present opportunity -
r.. few lines to let you know I enjoyed
n. fine health at present, I have seen a great many
.. things to interest me since I have been here, I
have seen all over town. I have been to see wire
bridges and through the Penetentiary, among all the
convicts there are 400 convicts. In it there are
Preachers, Doctors, Merchants, Farmers and all classes
of people in there and they are all at work. I went to
see the State House and Cannon foundry, which interested
me a great deal. I am highly pleased with our Officers
and men. We are all like brothers. We have just (116)
men, no more no less. There are a good many measles in
our Company. We have 18 of our men in the hospital, but
they are all on the mend, I think they will all be up
in a few days to enter camps again. We have various
ways of amusing ourselves in camp. Some sing, some play
chess, some marbles, but I have to sing for our Company
and the Georgia Calvary. They come over to hear me sing
my farewell song. We sang all the way as we came up on
the carrs. I charmed them all "a singing my farewell song"
We are still here but we can not tell when we will go
nor where we will go.

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General Johnston and his
We are under General Johnston....t
to the service this Southern camp...o
am glad of, because I want to bare..r
in gaining the rights of our country...n
I commenced writing this letter and aimed to write a
long one, but they have called for me to go to the
court house to stand an inspection, me and all of the
recruits that came up as I did. So I can not write
any more at this time. I sent you a letter when I
arrived at this place—I went down and slipped it in
the letter box and forgot to pay the postage, but I
will not send any more that way.
R. W. Culpepper

Letter #3, Nashville, Tenn. Nov. 23rd 1861
                        Dear Wife I this morning take time to
drop you a few lines to let you know that I am well at
this time and hoping these few lines will find you well
and doing well and all of you are well. I have nothing
of importance to write to you. We have the measles in
Camps yet. We have about 24 of our men in the Hospitals
but they are getting well. A. T. Baker went yesterday, seemed
willing to go. The boys are well treated there. I stayed
with the boys one night since I left and I know the boys
are well treated there. There is at this time count[?]
4200 sick men in this city, but they are mending at this
time. The average per day of deaths in this city is nearly
one per day. I enjoy myself in several ways. I sing most
of the time while others have different amusements. I
have been here 9 days. I have not cooked any as yet I
bring water and make fires and one thing and another. I
am very well pleased with camp life so far. I would like
to see you and Josephine. I want you to kiss Josephine
for me, and get along the best you can. Take good care
of all till I come home which you know I will when I can.
t. and do well. I can not tell when I can come home.
o. we are still in Nashville, Tenn. None of us can tell
r.. when we will leave this place, may not leave in a
n.. long time.

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I was on guard all last night and all day yesterday
and will be on today and every night this week
I expect and maybe for a month we..............torn
guard prisoners here for a long time. There.................
45 Yankees arrived here on Tuesday last and they.......
put under our Capt. And we have to guard them.......
have a relief from another company which is.........
thing for us to stand 2 hrs and rest............................
is very good. We are looking for about 80...............
this evening, if they come it will keep us all busy.......
are glad to get to guard them. It...................
precisely if any of them was to make a break
would certainly kill him. The place where they
put in an old house with 4 doors & 12 windows
& they have no shutters to them and we have
them like hawks or they will leave us. They
brought here for treason also they burnt
bridges. You heard of it. They were all arrested for
and brought to this place for us to guard. I
will be thousands of them here in a short time
We may be stationed here to guard them
all of my friends that I have seen 42 Yankees
I have been here. Write to me without fail
more at present but remain your
Husband until death. R. W. Culpepper
to Mary L. Culpepper

Letter #4, Fair Ground, Nashville, Tenn. Dec. 21st 1861
                               Dear Wife I received your letter
which bore the intelegence that you and Josephine were well, of
which I was glad to receive. I have written three letters since I
landed here and this is the fourth letter. E.H. [Mary’s brother] was taken
to the hospital a few days ago and was tolerable sick, but he is better
at this time and will be in camps in a day or two. I do not
exactly know what was the matter with him but I think it was cold
settled on his lungs. But he is now a great deal better. And as
to the health of the Company it is better than usual, the boys
are all improving as fast as they can. There is no one in any
danger at this time, but all of them are getting well. John D.
Baker landed here last night safe and sound. I wrote to you
before about guarding prisoners. Well they had their trial and
was sworn in to the Southern Confederacy and released and sent
back to East Tenn. Which was very agreeable to me, for we had to
guard them night and day, which was a great relief to all of us.
Tell Jane Taylor that I can not send her any money at this time,
but the supposition is that we will draw some money the 10th
Inst and if we do I will send her some of it as sure as fire
will burn. Tell her not to be the least uneasy for it will come.
You said in your letter that Dock had measured his corn up and
left only eight bushels. You certainly must be mistaken about
it, but you said that ¼ of it was refused. If that be the case
it wont take it and what is over a Paw’s to fatten the hogs and
then you can get some of that over at Paw’s to eat, so you [blot]
in no danger, but be as saving as you can. You have no salt. I
suppose that salt is only worth $4.00 per sack at home at this
time, but salt is worth from Ten to twelve dollars per sack at
this place, but it will not be the case long because the Government
will not put up with it at all.

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Salt is compelled to come down in a short time, and when I draw
I will send you money enough to buy your salt with. I want you
to get Paw to salt your meat for you. So no more on that subject.
Well as regards R.W. he has not been sick a minute since he came
here. I enjoy myself in various ways. There are several Companies
at this place and they all want me to sing for them which you know
I do. I go to town very often. I am going tomorrow to see the
grave of General Andrew Jackson. It is ten miles from this place.
You told me in your letter that Josephine did not crawl at all
but walked all the time. Well I want to see her the worst of
anything in the world and then I want to see you just as bad,
but the cause I am engaged in is a glorious one and I feel like
it is my duty to be here, but at the same time my heart is there.
I want you to take all the pains you can to raise Josephine in
the way she should be. Commence while she is young and she will
never be any trouble to you at all. I had my likeness taken the
other day and the boys say that it is the best one they ever saw.
I will send it to you the first opportunity I have. I want you
to write as often as you can. Give my respects to your Mother
& family, and to all of my friends—if I have any. Tell M.H.
I will write him one in a short time and give him the general
news. Tell him to write me as often as he can It will be gladly
received. No more at this time, I remain, Your true Husband,
To Mary L. Culpepper R.W. Culpepper

Letter #5, Camp Johnston Tenn Jan 18 1862
The original of this letter is in possession of Mrs. Shirley Taylor Miles. It has been mended, restored as much as possible and preserved between archival plastic so both sides may be seen, but this was done only a few years ago. It had been patched with scotch tape, and kept in its original 9 folds until then. One corner was broken off after it was copied at the same time as the others. It was in nine folds to make its own envelope, and addressed on the outside. This letter was written on ruled tablet paper with black ink. I copied it as near as I could to the original spelling, capitals, punctuation and lines.

Dear wife I this night
embrace the present opportunity of droping you
a few lines to inform you that I am getting
some better of the mumps I think I will be
all right in a few days. Our Co with many other
Cos have moved to another place about 3 miles
distant for the purpose of forming a regiment we
have Eleven cos here at this time from Ala
well as to news I have nothing much they are
fighting at Fort Henry they comenced
fighting this morning at Seven O Clock &
were fighting this Evening at one O Clock
I supose that they are doing some very hard
fighting down there it is about 20 miles
from here. Fort Henry is in this state above
padduca I expect we will go to fortifying this
place __ we have not herd the true report yet
we will get the general newes to morrow the
health of the Co is in very good health at this
time J. D. Baker is getting well D C Reece is
almost well E H is all right Mat is well

J.D. Baker is a double cousin of the writer, son of Ann Elizabeth Culpepper and Rufus Morgan Baker
D. C. Reece married Elcy Elvira Culpepper, sister of the writer.
E. H. (Emerson) is a brother of Mary L. Culpepper.
Mat (Culpepper) is brother of writer.

we have not drew any money yet I cant tell you
when I can come home but I want to come just
as soon as I can sure I would love __ see you &
Josephine so bad that I cant tell you how bad
I Expect we will get a chance at the yankee’s
in a short time we had to give up our good
house I did not like that at all we are taking
it soldier like at this time give my respects to
all of my friends I remain your true Husband

to M. L. Culpepper R.W. Culpepper

On the back side of this sheet in the middle fold:
Mrs. Mary L. Culpepper
By the politeness of Lieuten J.W. Wilder

Written catty-cornered across left bottom corner:
From R.W.Culpepper a member of Capt. Cliftons Co
C.D.G. (Cherokee Davis Guards)

Letter #6, Murfreesboro, Tenn. Feb. 28th 1862
Dear Wife I this evening
embrace the few fleeting moments that pass by to inform
you that I am well at this time and am managing myself
just the best in the world, and hope when these few lines
come to hand may find you and Josephine well and doing well.
As for News I have so much I cant tell where to commence. We
are camped at Murfreesboro about 30 miles this side of
Nashville. There are 100,000 men at this place. But as for
fighting I cant tell any thing about that. We are all
anxious to get into a fight and I think we will myself. The
Yankees are in possession of Nashville at this time, but
they are afraid to come here sure. If they do sombody is
going to get hurt and I cant tell who. The troops have all
left Bowling Green and come here for some purpose, but I
cant tell what. The Yankees took Fort Donaldson, but they
lost 5,500 men at it, while we only lost 500 men. We are
looking for Marching orders to go to Decater. We have all
sent our trunks home, or we sent them as far as Stephenson.
We expect our friends to come after them for us. I sent one
pair of new genes pantloons, one coat. You will find my
name on them some where. Ed sent several pair I don’t know
how many. P.A. Johnson has one black coat in our trunk. You
must sort them all out. You will find their names on them.

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I sent James’ trunk there with the rest of them.
(James, age 28, was older brother of the writer)
Tell Paw I want him to be sure to get them. I packed his things
in his trunk. He was buried in his Uniform suit. He had one fine
suit left at the place where he died. His Militery hat was
left there and one pair of fine boots – I suppose they were
burned up. Tell Paw and Maw that he was buried very nice. His
Captain said he was buried just as nice as he well could be
His burial expenses were near $60.00 dollars. Our Capt. has
been promoted to Major, and Hawkins is our Capt. We all get
along very well. Tell John D. Baker that I cant get to his
business at all. The Yankees have taken Nashville and and I
dont know where Dr. Bowling is, but tell him if I can get it
fixed I will be sure to do it, but I cant tell anything about
it at this time, I wish I could. Tell B.M. I am looking for him now.
(believe B. M. should be R. M.for Rufus Morgan (Baker) father of Andy)
Tell him Andy is well and hearty and is keen to
get into a fight.. E.H. is all right. Mat is about well. The
Company is generally well. Franklin Hawkins is dying today I
expect he is dead by this time. He has not spoken since nine
O’clock last night and I expect he is dead by this time. We
are sending all of our sick to Chattanooga. I dont know what
they mean by that they may expect a fight very soon. The carrs
have been crowded for the last two days with sick men ---and they
are not all gone yet. I want you to write soon. I sent one to you
the other day. I remain,
Your true husband
to Mary L. Culpepper R. W. Culpepper

Letter #7, Huntsville, Ala. March 10th 1862
Dear Wife, after
a march of 27 days & being very tired and almost worn out,
I take the present time to inform you that I am well at
this time & hope that these few lines will find you and
Josephine and all of the connection well. We left Nashville
the __th of Feb. on our way to Murfreesboro, from there we
went to Shelbyville, & from there to Fayetteville, & from
there to Huntsville, where we are at this time. We will
March to Decater in the morning, and I expect we will stop
at Decater a short time, then I expect we will go to Columbus
Ky. From that place I dont know none of us can tell where
we will go. It is supposed by some that we will march to
Flourence Ala. And we may go there. We are at this time in
a large army. At this time there is about 75,000 men in our
march. Sometimes I get very tired but I keep looking up. My
health is very good, as good as it ever was. Our boys stand it
very well. We left some of our boys at Murfreesboro, some at
Shelbyville, some at Fayetteville, and I think there was one left
at Nashville. Our boys scattered very much. We dont know what
has become of them Sure, but I cant help myself. There was
several of our boys left at Nashville but I heard of all of
them passing Murfreesboro but Charles Baker and I have never
heard of him yet & I am very uneasy about him Our boys had to
leave Nashville in Double quick, that was able. I never got further
than Murfreesboro when I left home. I got that far and heard that
our boys was coming on and I stayed there till they came. They
said that Charles was put on the Carrs, but I have never heard of
him yet. I would rather hear from him now than any person in this
world except you. I am troubled about him very much. I thought that
he might have come home, and if he has, forward the news as quick
as you can. Our boys are all pestered about him. Nearly half of our
boys are sick and on furlow together. We have about sixty men that
is able for duty. Mat, H.T., E.H.E., E.H.D., John Hurley & Oliver
Banister took the measles a few days ago and was sent by rail
road to Decater I expect. Well it looks to me that there is a
chance for someone to get hurt by the looks of everything. Now
as for late news I have nothing to write, you know as much as I
can tell you I expect. As for fighting I am not ???? spunky,
but I would just as soon take a twist as not "kill or cure". I have
marched until I am getting tired of the business myself.


P.S. from Mar. 10th letter (1862) 2nd page letter #7

Well E. H. Emerson & E.J. Clifton, (I mean Lige) had a
difficulty a few days ago. Lige told Ed that he was a dmed liar
and took hold of Ed by the collar and Ed struck him one lick
with his fist on the cheek just below the eye. I tell you
the blood flew sure. In 20 minutes his eye was as black as my
hat, and it looks very bad at this time, and then Ed kicked
a time or two. Lige never had a chance to hit Ed any time.
Ed did not receive a mark on him. They were parted very quick
Ed has all the friends. The whole Co said that Ed done just right.
The officer said that Ed was not to blame at all. Well they did
not punish either one of them. I just thought I would write the
straight of it myself so you could rely on it -- so that if anybody
else should write about it, they might write another way. You
may rely on what I have told you. I just allowed some one might
write about it. I dont want you to let any body to see this piece
of this letter that I have written about Ed and Lige, but your
Mother. Keep it still and secret, unless some more of the boys
write about it. I dont know that anyone else will write about it
but you keep it secret. I thought I would write the straight of
it for fear somebody else would write a lie. You may rest assured
they are not going to be punished at all.


Letter #8, Decater, Ala. March 13th 1862
Dear Wife, I this evening
embrace the present time to drop you a few lines to let you
know that I am well at this time and I hope these few lines
may find you and Josephine and the rest of the connection well
and doing well and well satisfied, and in good spirits like
myself. I sent a letter in the care of Mr. J. Bates the other
day, but I have another opportunity of sending a letter by hand
and I thought I would write. I know that you would like to hear
from me every day, and I think it is my duty to write you as
often as I can and I think it is your duty to do the same, and
I think all of you ought to write as often as you can. I have
been marching ever since I left home. We are now at Decater, Ala.
I expect we will march from this place to Memphis, Tenn. But I
cant tell for certain whether we will go there or not, We may go
to Flourence, Ala. As to my part I wont care where we will go
I want to go where we will do some good. You ought to see the
women come to see us and bring us bread [?] & meat, pies and sweet
cakes and flowers & etc. Some of the prettiest girls in the
county. I have been courting some of them a little, you know I
cant help that, I cant see a pretty girl without saying something
to her, especially the Alabama girls. I enjoy myself the very
best kind. I have stood the trip so far as well as any of the
boys, and I expect a little better.

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There are about 95,000 or 100,000 men at this place. We belong
to John C. Breckinridge’s Brigade. John C. is a fine man and a
grand General and I am willing to fight under him as long as I
live. The Yankees are in great trouble they dont understand
this march this is a secret march to the Yankees. The troops
all left Bowling Green and came through Nashville, and the
Yankees dont know where they have gone, and they are badly
pestered. The boys have stood the trip very well. E. H. Emerson
has been a little sick, but he is all right at this time. A. T. Baker
& Mat is well and harty, E. H. Drake & C. Neurk are well.
Andrew Tyler Baker(?), son of Rufus M.Baker
The health of the Company is very good considering every thing.
As soon as we get stationed I will write you a big letter,
but I cant tell when that will be. Though I had just as soon
be traveling about as not. We have not lost any men out of our
Co. and I am in hopes we will not. Well I must come to a close for
the present time, I remain as ever your true till death.

R.W. Culpepper

M.L. Culpepper
Gaylesville, Ala.

In the care of Mr. Germany,
R.W. Culpepper, C.D.L.

Letter No. 9, Burnville, Tishomingo County (MS), Mar. 28th [1862]

Puss I want you to be sure to write me
the first chance you get, I am anxious
to hear.

Dear Wife, I this evening
embrace the few fleeting moments that pass by
to inform you that I am well at this time and
I hope these few lines may find you and
Josephine and the connection well. We are at
the above named place, we are at the seat of
war. We are looking for orders every day
to march in to real action. We are about 8 or
10 miles from the Yankees. They have been
fighting at East Port this week. Our boys
drove them back three times. East Port is about
14 miles from this place. The big fight will
come off at Luka. That is about 7 miles from
the river. We want to get them on land where
we can get them. We can whip them on land every
time. We have about 100,000 men at this place.
We are all well armed. We drew new guns yesterday
that is we drew better guns and drew 40 rounds
of cartridges.

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So we are now ready to fight at a moments
warning. We are anxious to try our guns at
the Yankees to see how we can shoot. Well I
have a great deal of company business to
attend to at this time. I am acting as orderly
Sergeant, and then I do more business of
other kinds. I did not want to be orderly but
I could not well put them off. My health is
very good. I have stood the tramp very well.
I will tell you what I have to do; I have to
parade the Co 5 times each day and call
the roll as often, make one 8 O’clock report
to the Adjutant, one report to the doctor,
and make out 2 or 3 guard reports each day
and Drill 4 hours besides – and one report to
the commissary. You can guess whether I am
busy or not. I do more than any man in the
Batallion. Well Puss I would send you some if
I had it but I have not got it now.

I remain Your true Husband,
R W C to M L C

Letter #10, Burnsville, Miss. Apr. 1st [1862]

                              Dear Wife I this morning
embrace the few fleeting moments that pass
by to inform you that I am well. We have
not been in any fights as yet but we expect
to be in one every day. We heard the cannons
at East Port yesterday but I have understood
that there was no damage done. They was
firing from their gun boats at our Pickets.
I hear cannons firing this morning but we
have not learned where it is nor what they
are doing. We will have big fighting here
in a short time, the general hall will be
opened here in a few days sure. We are sur-
rounded with Yankees. We have got to fight
out or run out one, sure. We have got used
to hearing them fight. It does not alarm me
in the least to hear them fighting. We are
anxious to get into a fight. We have been
here a long time and have been in no fight
yet and we are anxious to get into one.
Mat, Ed, Hari and Andy are well and doing well.

Mat is writer’s brother, Joel Mathias Culpepper
Ed (Emerson) is Mary’s brother,
Hari might be Harrison Emerson,Mary’s brother,
Andy probably Andrew Baker, a double cousin, son of Anna E.Culpepper & Rufu M. Baker

I will write you a long letter as
soon as the battle is over. Puss I would
have sent you some Calico to have you a
dress, but there was none at this little
Burg. Puss do the best you can for yourself
until I come home. I will be at home just
as soon as I can and that shant be long
for I am coming to see you in the [fight] or
out of the_____.

R. W. Culpepper
To M.L.C.1 


Mary L. Emerson (Oct 1842 - )
Marriage*circa 1860 He married Mary L. Emerson at Cherokee Co., Alabama, circa 1860. 
ChartsHenry Culpeper of Lower Norfolk: DNA Status Chart (Male only, 8 generations)
Benjamin (son of Joseph) Culpepper of Edgecombe Co., NC: Descendant Chart
Last Edited16 Mar 2011


  1. E-mail written 1983-2011 to Lew Griffin from Mary Genevieve Taylor Harris (#48715), Dallas, TX, e-mail address.
  2. 1840 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 118, images 15-16, Unknown Township, Cherokee Co., AL
    J. T. Culpepper, 3 M0-5, 1 M30-40, 1 F0-5, 1 F5-10, 1 F20-30.
  3. Page 133, family 310, Rufus W., age 22, "teaching s com," Mary L. C., age 17, a domestic.
  4. Rex Miller, The Forgotten Regiment, A day by day account of the 55th Alabama Infantry, CSA, Dayton, OH, Morningside Bookstore, 1984. Facts provided to Culpepper Connections by Greg Smith of Florence, KY.
  5. 1900 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 104, Sheet 11B, Pg 82A, Pct 3, Img 131, Grayson Co., TX
    Mary Cantrell, Head, F, Oct-1842, 67, WD, Ch 4/4, AL SC SC
    Josephine Culpepper, Daughter, F, Nov-1860, 39, S, AL AL AL
    Edward Cantrell, Son, M, Nov-1882, 17, S, TX AL AL, Farm Laborer
    Roy Cantrell Son, M, Mar-1886, 14, s, TX AL AL.