Havens Letter: October 9 1864


Creator: Edwin R. Havens
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: October 9, 1864
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Original Format: Document
Collection Number: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 2, Folder 1
Language: English
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Relation: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 2, Folder 1
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Havens Letter: October 9 1864 , Page: 1

Havens Letter: October 9 1864
Havens Letter: October 9 1864

Winchester Va
October 9th 1864

Dear Nell
I thought I was even with
you a few days since, but I had scarcely
dispatched my last when I received yours
of Sunday last and now in duty
bound will scratch off a few lines
in reply. not that I have anything
of special importance to tell you
but now Knowing when I will
have another chance after tomorrow
morning to mail you a line I
have decided to write you tonight
I returned from Martinsburg
yesterday and now find myself in
the old tent and boss of all hands”
It has been so tarnal cold yester
day and today that Lt. B_ “dug
out” this morning and hunted
Havens Letter: October 9 1864 , Page: 2

Havens Letter: October 9 1864
Havens Letter: October 9 1864

up a house for his headquarters
and left me in camp to keep
the old tent warm. It has
been as cold since yesterday
morning as at any time last
winter New Years excepted &
I felt it a heap riding from
Martinsburg yesterday. I have
sat over the fire with my overcoat
on and shivered all day until
just about sundown when it
moderated somewhat and is
now comparatively comfortable
although I still retain the
overcoat inside my tent..
We hear that Sheridan is
falling back. burning every
thing as he comes and complete
ly desolating the country He takes
every bit of live stock he can
find including contrabands and
such of the refugees as can get
transportation. While coming

Havens Letter: October 9 1864 , Page: 3

Havens Letter: October 9 1864
Havens Letter: October 9 1864

from Martinsburg yesterday
I met a large train going down
loaded with refugees besides any
numbers of them with their own
conveyances. ranging from a
dogcart to large six horse teams
and old Virginia wagins and
containing from one to ten persons
each. Our forces burned a portion
of the town of Woodstock a day
or two since. The last reliable
reports I have heard from the
front were brought in by our
train that came in from the
vicinity of Strasburg today and
they state that the army was in
the vicinity of Strasburg and
were evidently intending to make
a final stand. there having occupied
Fisher’s Hill. the scene of recent
and bloody battles. Large num
bers of contrabands and white ref
ugees came in with the train

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Havens Letter: October 9 1864
Havens Letter: October 9 1864

while the valley between here
and Strasburg is filled with
cattle sheep and horses which
the army is bringing with them.
I do not know the object of
this movement but with every
one else consider it to be a wise
one. It is all folly in attempts
to Keep an army like ours
in a position which does not
seriously menace any important
points and 120. miles from its
own base of supplies which have
to all be transported in wagons
It has taken four days to drive
from here to the command beyond
Harrisburg and then take only
five days supplies of subsistence for
men and three for horses. Yet men
and horses have fared very well
living on the country. But I will
close. Hoping you will excuse
haste and write as usual I
remain As Ever Yours Ed
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