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Havens Letter: October 15 1864

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Creator: Edwin R. Havens
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: October 15, 1864
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Original Format: Document
Collection Number: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 2, Folder 1
Language: English
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Contributing Institution: Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections
Relation: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 2, Folder 1
Contributor: MSU Archives and Historical Collections
Havens Letter: October 15 1864 , Page: 1

Havens Letter: October 15 1864
Havens Letter: October 15 1864

Winchester Va
October 15th 1864

Dear Mother,
Again I am seated pen
in hand to write you a few lines thinking
thus to spend an hour with more profit
to myself perhaps than I would by lying
idle. although as to interesting and pleas
ing you I may fail m as I have
no news to impart and what I write
will I Know fail to make as pleasant
an impression as some other things I
might write
To come to the point at once
I will tell you that I am about to
change my place of duty. and leaving
the scenes of idleness. peace. and safety
again rejoin my company and take
my place among the comrades I have
been so long separated from.
Havens Letter: October 15 1864 , Page: 2

Havens Letter: October 15 1864
Havens Letter: October 15 1864

You will, of course, wish to Know the
reasons for this change. In the first
by
place let me say it is entirely.. my
own act and choice that I do so.
The Lieut commanding the company
sent me word that if I would return to the
company he would give me the position of
First or Orderly Sergeant.. and thinking
that much better both as regards pay
and duty than the present place I occupy
I have decided on accepting the offer..
There are several other reasons which
are as weighty with me. one of which is
this. There will soon be a change in the
Q.M. Dept.. The officer now acting will
leave this for a better position and his
successor will be an officer well Known
to me and I would not be under his
command a single day if I could
avoid it and besides there is every prob
ability that soon as he takes the office
he will dismiss me to return to the
Havens Letter: October 15 1864 , Page: 3

Havens Letter: October 15 1864
Havens Letter: October 15 1864

company in my old position and
I think it best to secure a good place
there.. Winter is fast coming on. cold
weather already here and I beleive that
by the first of December or middle
of November we shall be occupying
winter quarters and ere another
summer campaign opens we shall
be at home. or at least that after this
fall’s campaign. cavalry will not
see such hard times..
I confess that I feel no great
desire to see such hard work as our
cavalry has had during the past sum
mer. but I feel guilty in remaining
here occupying a place. that a man
occul costing the government much
less could fill equally as well.
If I had a detail as a clerk in
some Quarter Master’s or Commissary’s
office where I could have constant
employment I would not consider
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Havens Letter: October 15 1864
Havens Letter: October 15 1864

a moment but reject the offer at
once. but being situated as I am
here. and being used simply to fill
up a gap that may be left vacant
a few days at a time I feel that I
shall lose nothing by the exchange.
there
There is much more danger ^ than
here: but why should I try to shun
that. Others are having those dangers
every day. who are of more value to country
than I and are winning honors they
will always wear. But I care but little
for those honors. although I should be
proud to say that I had fought under
the brave Custer and Sheridan
Mother do not borrow too much trouble
for your wayward boy but pray that
I may be spared. and trust that your
prayers will be granted.. and should
I fall remember it was to shield my
home and country from their enemies
I trust this will find you all
well and that you will write to me
soon. Ever you Aff. Son E R Havens
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