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Havens Letter: December 18 1864

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Creator: Edwin R. Havens
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: December 18, 1864
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Original Format: Document
Collection Number: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 2, Folder 3
Language: English
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Contributing Institution: Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections
Relation: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 2, Folder 3
Contributor: MSU Archives and Historical Collections
Havens Letter: December 18 1864 , Page: 1

Havens Letter: December 18 1864
Havens Letter: December 18 1864

Camp Seventh Mich Cav.
Camp Russell Va
December 18th 1864

Dear Nell.
Yours of Dec. 7th
was received a day or two since
and I have been waiting to finish
up some company papers which
would have taken me until tomorrow
evening. but this afternoon some
thing occurred which caused me
to bundle up the papers and deter
mine to write to you without
further delay. The something
spoken of was nothing more nor
less than orders to be ready to
move at four A.M. tomorrow
with four days rations and two
days forage. and 80 rounds of
ammunition per man.
We don’t know anything about
where we are going and are
Havens Letter: December 18 1864 , Page: 2

Havens Letter: December 18 1864
Havens Letter: December 18 1864

Camp Seventh Mich Cav.
Camp Russell Va
December 18th 1864

Dear Nell.
Yours of Dec. 7th
was received a day or two since
and I have been waiting to finish
up some company papers which
would have taken me until tomorrow
evening. but this afternoon some
thing occurred which caused me
to bundle up the papers and deter
mine to write to you without
further delay. The something
spoken of was nothing more nor
less than orders to be ready to
move at four A.M. tomorrow
with four days rations and two
days forage. and 80 rounds of
ammunition per man.
We don’t know anything about
where we are going and are
Havens Letter: December 18 1864 , Page: 3

Havens Letter: December 18 1864
Havens Letter: December 18 1864


But don’t like to do it alone
and every body else did their
shouting yesterday. The country
sky. air and all the realms
of space and sound were filled
with shouting yesterday and
Friday over the news of his 1st
& 2nd victories A salute of
forty guns were fired Friday
and one hundred yesterday
from the artillery near Sheri
dans Head Quarters. Todays
papers contain accounts of
Thomas’ victories and the report
via Flag of Truce boat from
Charleston harbor that Savannah
had surrendered to Sherman
with a large number of prisoners
and guns Bully! Bullier by
Bulliest. say I. I am anxious
waiting to hear from Gen Grant
Havens Letter: December 18 1864 , Page: 4

Havens Letter: December 18 1864
Havens Letter: December 18 1864


But don’t like to do it alone
and every body else did their
shouting yesterday. The country
sky. air and all the realms
of space and sound were filled
with shouting yesterday and
Friday over the news of his 1st
& 2nd victories A salute of
forty guns were fired Friday
and one hundred yesterday
from the artillery near Sheri
dans Head Quarters. Todays
papers contain accounts of
Thomas’ victories and the report
via Flag of Truce boat from
Charleston harbor that Savannah
had surrendered to Sherman
with a large number of prisoners
and guns Bully! Bullier by
Bulliest. say I. I am anxious
waiting to hear from Gen Grant
Havens Letter: December 18 1864 , Page: 5

Havens Letter: December 18 1864
Havens Letter: December 18 1864


You may think I
was crazy when I commen
ced writing the last sheet
but the tarnal thing was
turned wrongside out and
I turned upside down and
over and over till I got tired
of it and commenced on the
first line I could find.
I don’t know as there
is any news from around
here that would interest any
one. Guerrillas continue to
trouble our forces occasionally
and if all reports are true
are making it pay big.
Last Saturday night (week
ago) Moseby pitched into the
1st Mich on picket and cleaned
them out rough. and yester
day while a hundred of the

Havens Letter: December 18 1864 , Page: 6

Havens Letter: December 18 1864
Havens Letter: December 18 1864

14th Pa Cav were on patrol
some five miles from here
somebody pitched into them
and the last report I heard
stated that only seven had
escaped It is not often
that Moseby or any one else
makes anything off from
a western regiment. but
usually succeeds best
with N.Y. Penn or NJ
troops
A week or two ago Moseby
pitched into a detachment
of the 13th N.Y. Cav and
cleaned them out equally
with the Pa. regt above
mentioned.
You will perhaps remember
that when at Kittle Run in
June /63. I wrote you of taking
a few prisoners to Fairfax
C.H. among whom was
Havens Letter: December 18 1864 , Page: 7

Havens Letter: December 18 1864
Havens Letter: December 18 1864

two of Mosebys gang LaRue
at the time of his attacking
the train on the RR
One of those men was named
Montjoy and claimed to be
a private soldier. but a few
days ago I saw an account
in the papers of the death of
one Capt Montjoy of Mosebys
men. and from the description
given I know it must have
been the same persons.
He was the smartest and
best informed “Johnny” I
ever talked with and I
formed a high opinion of him.
He was Killed near Leesburg
a short time ago.
We are having a little fun
just now with a new inven
tion of ours. (my Lieut and mine)
which is paying highly at
Havens Letter: December 18 1864 , Page: 8

Havens Letter: December 18 1864
Havens Letter: December 18 1864

present but which I will
not disclose now as we are
not fully tired of it yet.
I received a letter from
Love a few days ago which
is as yet unanswered and
must remain so till after
we become settled again
We now feel certain that
we shall make this our
winter camp. We have got
the best quarters and stables
in the army and feel
very well contented here.
Major Walker was discharged
from service by Order of Secretary
Stanton. I do not Know the reason
of this nor can I find out whether
it was an honorable or dishonorable
discharge. It is hard to say which
he most deserved..
I must close now and if
you can find anything interesting
here I shall be mistaken
My Love to all
Yours E R Havens

[Written on the left side of Scan 8]

The darned thing tore in two when I went
to fold it
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