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Havens Letter: August 19 1864

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Creator: Edwin R. Havens
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: August 19, 1864
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Original Format: Document
Collection Number: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 1, Folder 25
Language: English
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Relation: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 1, Folder 25
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Havens Letter: August 19 1864 , Page: 1

Havens Letter: August 19 1864
Havens Letter: August 19 1864

Charlestown Va.
August 19th 1864

Dear Father.
Your last was received
on reaching Harper’s Ferry. a few
days. ago. and I now seat myself
to scratch off a few lines in reply.
I wrote Nell soon after receiving
your letters and communicated
all of importance up to that time
and since then nothing of interest
or importance has occurred..
We left there early this morning
and came as far as here a distance
of eight miles.. On reaching here
two days rations and forage was
sent to the command which
Havens Letter: August 19 1864 , Page: 2

Havens Letter: August 19 1864
Havens Letter: August 19 1864

now lies at Berryville twelve miles
from here. and the rest of us have
gone into camp and I think it
quite likely that the head quarters
of our department will be kept here
for sometime now. as the R R. will
I think be in running order to
this place ere many days.. Gen. Sheri
dan has his Hd Qrtrs here in the place
I am told. This will you will
remember is the place where John
Brown was tried and hung. and
we are now encamped within
forty rods of the very spot on which
the scaffold stood.. I was much
surprised in coming here this morn
ing to find so large and beautiful
a village as I did. I expected
such a village as we used to
Havens Letter: August 19 1864 , Page: 3

Havens Letter: August 19 1864
Havens Letter: August 19 1864

find in Southeastern Va. A Court
House. Jail and a hogpen or two.
but here we find a place almost
as large as Buchanan with much
more beautiful streets and several
really beautiful dwellings.. The Court
house is as large as the one at Berrien
and built of brick. but has suffered
very much from shot and shell
and presents a very dilapidated
appearance. I have not been through
it only as we marched through the
principal street on our way here.
We know but little of the movements
of the army here. but the reports received
are rather unfavorable ones for our
forces. One or two severe skirmishes
have taken place during the past week
in which our forces have been unsuccess
ful.
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Havens Letter: August 19 1864
Havens Letter: August 19 1864

Our Adjt is reported killed and
Major Walker taken prisoner. It
is also reported here that Winchester
was wrested from our forces a day
or two since. And it was feared yester
day that the rebels were again inva
ding Maryland. crossing the river at
Hancock.. Still there is no telling. There
is no safety for a single man any dis
tance from camp as Old Moseby is very
busy pitching into plunder whenever
an opportunity is offered.. He captured
a small train this morning but a
few miles from here. There has been
a great deal said about the beauty
and richness of the Shenandoah valley
and I am inclined to beleive that
it is more than half true. one does
not often see much more beautiful
country than the little we have seen
thus far and we are not in the heart
of the valley yet. Since leaving Washing
ton we have had a shower almost every
day and today is much the coolest
day I have seen for a long time.
I have a letter of Mother’s to answer
and shall write again in a few days
Till then remember me as
Your Aff Son
E R Havens
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