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Havens Letter: October 31 1864

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Creator: Edwin R. Havens
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: October 31, 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 31 1864 , Page: 1

Havens Letter: October 31 1864
Havens Letter: October 31 1864

Camp 7th Mich Cavalry Near Bucks Ford Va
Monday Eve. October 31st 1864

Dear Nell.
Here I come again without waiting
for an answer from you. although I confidently expect
a letter by the next mail that reaches us. and shall
feel really disappointed if it don’t come.. By this time
you will imagine that I might have something interesting
and exciting to write; but I have experienced nothing
that I thought was either. I believe my last. which was
written to Mother a week ago was written from our picket
reserve near Bucks Ford, and if I find anything
to fill up my sheet with I must look over the events of
the past week and find them from there.
Well to begin with we were releived from picket Monday
afternoon. lay in camp Tuesday fixing up camp and say
ing every five minutes that we would move before the
next night, so next morning when we heard revellie
at three O’clock and Boot & Saddles half an hour later
we were not much disappointed although not overly
well pleased.
Havens Letter: October 31 1864 , Page: 2

Havens Letter: October 31 1864
Havens Letter: October 31 1864

Camp 7th Mich Cavalry Near Bucks Ford Va
Monday Eve. October 31st 1864

Dear Nell.
Here I come again without waiting
for an answer from you. although I confidently expect
a letter by the next mail that reaches us. and shall
feel really disappointed if it don’t come.. By this time
you will imagine that I might have something interesting
and exciting to write; but I have experienced nothing
that I thought was either. I believe my last. which was
written to Mother a week ago was written from our picket
reserve near Bucks Ford, and if I find anything
to fill up my sheet with I must look over the events of
the past week and find them from there.
Well to begin with we were releived from picket Monday
afternoon. lay in camp Tuesday fixing up camp and say
ing every five minutes that we would move before the
next night, so next morning when we heard revellie
at three O’clock and Boot & Saddles half an hour later
we were not much disappointed although not overly
well pleased.
Havens Letter: October 31 1864 , Page: 3

Havens Letter: October 31 1864
Havens Letter: October 31 1864

“Old Abe” to a man.. they “allowed” we ought
to vote for “Little Mack” but our boys said they
“could’nt see it”
Nov 1st My candle gave out last night
and I was compelled to drop the thread of my narrra
tive and go to bed. So before commencing my days work
I will try to finish this letter. Since then I have
been very busy with the business of the company
which has been neglected for the past six months
and of course is fearfully behind hand..
We found the paymaster here on our return Wednes
day and on Friday received two months pay. We were
very well pleased to see him but still no one would
have been very sorry if he had waited a half month
longer and then given us four months wages instead
of two. Saturday we received our muster rolls for
September and for the past two days have been
very busy with them and have a good days work
yet to put on them. This afternoon we have an
inspection by our Brig. Commander. Col. Stagg. of
the 1st Mich. and in a day or two we may have
a hard ride and mayhap a little “fun”
Every one looks for a hard campaign yet before
the army settles down into winter quarters. but how
soon it will commence it is hard to determine
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