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Havens Letter: November 24 1864

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Creator: Edwin R. Havens
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: November 24, 1864
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Original Format: Document
Collection Number: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 2, Folder 2
Language: English
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Contributing Institution: Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections
Relation: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 2, Folder 2
Contributor: MSU Archives and Historical Collections
Havens Letter: November 24 1864 , Page: 1

Havens Letter: November 24 1864
Havens Letter: November 24 1864

Camp 7th Mich Cavalry
Near Kearntown Va..
November 24th 1864

Dear Brother Nell.
We are again at home.
Home? say you. Yes indeed; home. the soldiers home.
the front.. We left Pleasant Valley Saturday after
noon at about 4 Oclock. and marched about five
miles beyond Harper’s Ferry where we halted for the
night.. Sunday we marched to within three miles
of Winchester and again halted for the night..
Monday morning we marched to Winchester. with
the expectation of reporting to Col. Stagg and rejoining
the brigade. but on reaching the town we learned that
the cavalry had broken camp at early morn. and
gone. none Knew where. We went to Corps. Hd Qrtrs and
was then ordered into camp near there. which we
accordingly did.. We lay still over night and next day
moved camp a short distance. and were just getting
ready to pitch tents when orders came to go on picket
where we remained till last night when, the cavalry
having returned we were relieved and went back to camp
Havens Letter: November 24 1864 , Page: 2

Havens Letter: November 24 1864
Havens Letter: November 24 1864

This morning we again pulled up and after reporting
to Corps Hd Qrtrs where we were inspected and then to Brig
Hd Qrtrs where we were again inspected we were ordered into
camp very close to Hd Qrtrs. in a thicket of small timber. We
pitched into work lively and had got a nice piece of ground
cleared off and part of the men were unsaddling their horses
and others pitching their tents when we heard firing and
yelling and soon became convinced that “something was up”
We jumped into our saddles and started out but were as
usual too late. the work was done and all we could
see of the “Johnnies” was a few “skedaddling” a mile or
more away. It seems that while a part of some fifty
men under charge of a Lieut. and guarding a five wagons
in searching of brick to build chimneys of had gone
a short distance outside of our lines when they were attacked
by a squad of Moseby’s men. and the Lieut not being
of very good stuff had fled on being attacked. and all
but one or two of the wagons were captured. The “Johnnies”
chased our men nearly to our camp. before giving up
the chase. I Know not how many men we lost by the
scrape. I heard one man say he saw five Killed and
it is very likely that some were taken pisoners.. One or
two of the guerrillas were Killed or severely wounded
as they were seen to fall from their horses and were
picked up by their comrades..
Havens Letter: November 24 1864 , Page: 3

Havens Letter: November 24 1864
Havens Letter: November 24 1864

We returned to camp after following them a
mile or more and finally succeeded in getting
our tents pitched and may. perhaps get a nights
sleep in them. The weather has been very disagree
able since Sunday morning last and soldiering never
any too nice has been decidedly disagreeable work
Sunday we had a slight.misty.storm of rain all day. and
it was also. quite cold. Monday it was cold. minus
the rain until nearly night when it set in again
and during the night we had a storm of sleet and
snow and a very hard wind. Tuesday was extremely
cold but comparatively pleasant otherwise. but at
nigh. ugh! did’nt we take it. one picket. no tents.
cold as Greenland and a wind that cut to the
bone. Although I was not compelled to be up or
Keep awake any after nine oclock I did not sleep
half an hour in all night We had plenty of rails
to burn and were not any ways afraid to burn
them. but one side would freeze while the other
roasted. Yesterday was the fairest. and most
comfortable day since Saturday. but yet we had
warmer weather last July. Today has been
cold enough to make overcoats quite comfortable
and tonight is plenty cool enough.
Havens Letter: November 24 1864 , Page: 4

Havens Letter: November 24 1864
Havens Letter: November 24 1864

I received your letters of Nov 13th and 16th yesterday
together with the socks. for which receive my
warmest thanks. as I think them most excellent
ones. I was somewhat disappointed in not receiving
the shirts. but will try to get along without them. You
need not trouble yourself any more concerning them
I can get very good shirts. for five dollars a piece or
something better for more money. and I can draw
some very good ones from the government.
I am glad to know that the boys who have been
home have enjoyed themselves so well and almost
wish I could have been with them. I received a
letter from Newt Sparks yesterday written from Mt Jarvis
which had a kind of home tone about it I sometimes
wish I could go home this winter but again
I can see no chance for it and think I must
be contented with my lot. and thank my stars
I have but little more than ten months longer
to remain here. I hear that there is good news
from Sherman again although as yet I have
had no chance to read it. If. what seems to be his
present plans. are successful. I think the end will
come before winter is over. and the survivors may
next summer spend a life of peace at home
What is the opinion at home of the policy of peace
propositions being offered to Jeff & Co. There is a strong favor
able feeling here towards it. on the Butler plan. The late
election has proven that the Union feeling and
a faith in the administration of Abraham is as
strong. now as ever and having gained this great
victory. the time now. seems to have come when the
President may offer terms of peace. without periling
the honor of the country and nation which may
be accepted by the south. and if rejected. then
push the war to the bitter end.. What think you
Write soon. Excuse haste and cold fingers Yours etc Ed
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