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Havens Letter: September 11 1864

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Creator: Edwin R. Havens
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: September 11, 1864
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Original Format: Document
Collection Number: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 1, Folder 26
Language: English
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Contributing Institution: Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections
Relation: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 1, Folder 26
Contributor: MSU Archives and Historical Collections
Havens Letter: September 11 1864 , Page: 1

Havens Letter: September 11 1864
Havens Letter: September 11 1864

[Written upside down on top of Scan 1]

I guess you’ll think
I worked some to fold
this “consarned” thing

[End]

Pleasant Valley M.d.
Sunday September 11th 1864

Dear Nell:
Yours of last Sunday came to
hand last night and was received with pleasure
and read with eagerness and interest as it had
been nearly a fortnight since I had received any
communication from home. and I could not
imagine what could be the reason of your long
silence and was interested in the news it con
tained.. The weather I believe, is usually the
first topic of conversation after inquiring after the
state of health. which in our case is of course un
necessary as we are always well.. Well the weather.
We are having it “right smart” just now. by the
way the old tent shakes and rattles. as the wind
and rain come against it: with considerable
force. It is somewhat surprising to see with
what ease it rains here in this country. The
sun may be shining one moment and the
next the rain falling in torrents.
Havens Letter: September 11 1864 , Page: 2

Havens Letter: September 11 1864
Havens Letter: September 11 1864

[Written upside down on top of Scan 1]

I guess you’ll think
I worked some to fold
this “consarned” thing

[End]

Pleasant Valley M.d.
Sunday September 11th 1864

Dear Nell:
Yours of last Sunday came to
hand last night and was received with pleasure
and read with eagerness and interest as it had
been nearly a fortnight since I had received any
communication from home. and I could not
imagine what could be the reason of your long
silence and was interested in the news it con
tained.. The weather I believe, is usually the
first topic of conversation after inquiring after the
state of health. which in our case is of course un
necessary as we are always well.. Well the weather.
We are having it “right smart” just now. by the
way the old tent shakes and rattles. as the wind
and rain come against it: with considerable
force. It is somewhat surprising to see with
what ease it rains here in this country. The
sun may be shining one moment and the
next the rain falling in torrents.
Havens Letter: September 11 1864 , Page: 3

Havens Letter: September 11 1864
Havens Letter: September 11 1864

before. She is now staying at a house near here and I
believe intends staying here till we go into winter quarters
when of course. she will join “The Boy” at his Head Quarters
But you have seen Pleasant Valley Md” at the head
of my letter and have concluded that we have moved, since
I wrote you last. Well you are right. We moved here on Wednes
day in a heavey rain storm and are now well pleased with
the change. We are about two miles from Sandy Hook
and three from Harper’s Ferry. in a valley corresponding
with its name. “barrin” the rain.. At the river the
valley is between two and three miles wide. and gradually
narrows to the foot of South Mountain. where the two
ranges. or rather spurs meet.. The valley is thickly
settled and the people friendly and I guess quite loyal.
I havent been out among them any. because
my “breeches” would’nt look very well before folks altho
they will do when a fellow sits still. and I am
“Bully on a set” Since I was out to the front
I have heard nothing from the regiment. and of course
know nothing about the other boys. although I feel quite
sure they are all right as they have been in camp since
last Monday or Tuesday.. So. Ed Batchelor and Al.
Weaver have come to it at last. have they? I’m glad
of it. for I always like to see patriotism. if Uncle
Havens Letter: September 11 1864 , Page: 4

Havens Letter: September 11 1864
Havens Letter: September 11 1864

before. She is now staying at a house near here and I
believe intends staying here till we go into winter quarters
when of course. she will join “The Boy” at his Head Quarters
But you have seen Pleasant Valley Md” at the head
of my letter and have concluded that we have moved, since
I wrote you last. Well you are right. We moved here on Wednes
day in a heavey rain storm and are now well pleased with
the change. We are about two miles from Sandy Hook
and three from Harper’s Ferry. in a valley corresponding
with its name. “barrin” the rain.. At the river the
valley is between two and three miles wide. and gradually
narrows to the foot of South Mountain. where the two
ranges. or rather spurs meet.. The valley is thickly
settled and the people friendly and I guess quite loyal.
I havent been out among them any. because
my “breeches” would’nt look very well before folks altho
they will do when a fellow sits still. and I am
“Bully on a set” Since I was out to the front
I have heard nothing from the regiment. and of course
know nothing about the other boys. although I feel quite
sure they are all right as they have been in camp since
last Monday or Tuesday.. So. Ed Batchelor and Al.
Weaver have come to it at last. have they? I’m glad
of it. for I always like to see patriotism. if Uncle
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