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Havens Letter: August 23 1864

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Creator: Edwin R. Havens
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: August 23, 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
Contributor: MSU Archives and Historical Collections
Havens Letter: August 23 1864 , Page: 1

Havens Letter: August 23 1864
Havens Letter: August 23 1864

Harpers Ferry August 23d

Dear Mother..
You will already
know that yours was received
a week ago. and might have been
answered before but as I have
written two letters home since.
you are well acquainted with
all I have had to write..
You may beleive, Mother, that to
none of his acquaintances was
the news of Wm O’Brien’s welfare
more welcome to me and to his
comrades in arms. We must
recognize in this the hand of an
ever wise and Kind Providence.
and can not feel too thankful for
this display of his benevolence. in
thus saving to his country and friends
one so worthy as William
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Havens Letter: August 23 1864
Havens Letter: August 23 1864

It was a great surprise to all
and yet at no time since he was
wounded has it seemed to me
and to the others of our comrades
from Berrien Co. that he was really
dead. yet it was like hoping against
a certain conviction. Just so it
was last fall when the news reached
me that Irenus McGowan was
killed. I could scarcely doubt. yet
could not fully make up my mind
to give him up. I have always
felt convinced that we should
meet again when returned from
the service and I could not relin
quish that faith then. nor can I
yet. I do hope Rene may be
exchanged this fall and ere
long too. for his term of service
must have nearly expired now..
I am sorry to learn that
Retta could not be a good girl
and thus be an honor to herself
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Havens Letter: August 23 1864
Havens Letter: August 23 1864

and a help to you. but it is not
surprising that she should turn
out thus. when we remember who
her parents were..
We are now in a state of suspense
concerning the fate of Harvey Reynolds
who has been missing since Friday
last.. We fear that he has been
murdered by the guerrillas as it
seems to be the fate of all who
fall into their hands.. I am
in hopes to learn something reliable
concerning him ere long..
I am sorry to learn of so many
being ill at home. and those too. so
young and to whom life must be so sweet
I received a letter last night stating
that Harvey Roe’s wife was dead.
I had a letter from Aunt Jeannette
and one from Cousin Helen. at the
same time that I received yours. Aunt
complains yet of ill health and her
letters are growing shorter as though it
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Havens Letter: August 23 1864
Havens Letter: August 23 1864

was harder work for her to write now
than it was a year ago. Helen’s family
was all well. Both complain of excessively
hot weather and dry. Helen’s father and
mother in law are staying with them
this summer. and think some of settling
near them. Charles has bought him a new
place and built him a house. about a hun
dred miles from Spring Valley and intends
to move on it after harvest. They represent
the crops as being very promising except
where the “Chinah bug” has injured them..
I hear nothing lately from [Penn.?]
or from Aunt Mary and have not heard
from Isom and Melinda except by
letters from you. since last spring.
We are not living as well now as we
did at Light House Point. and in all
probability will not again until we
settle down for winter quarters.. We get
only marching rations. pork. hard bread
coffee and sugar..
But I will close as I
have written a long letter to both you and
Nell. and have exhausted all my news.
With my best wishes for the health
and happiness of all I remain
Your Affectionate Son. E R Havens
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