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Havens Letter: February 24 1865

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Creator: Edwin R. Havens
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: February 24, 1865
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Original Format: Document
Collection Number: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 2, Folder 5
Language: English
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Relation: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 2, Folder 5
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Havens Letter: February 24 1865, Page: 1

Havens Letter: February 24 1865
Havens Letter: February 24 1865

Camp Russell Va.
February 24th 1865

Dear Nell.
Yours of the 16th ult came
to hand safely. last night and I was
much pleased with its contents. and
hope in a few days to be enjoying
some of the contents of that box.
There is but little news to write of
at present. No great rejoicings
have occurred since the evening
on which I last wrote you. We
received the news of the evacuation
of Fort Anderson yesterday. and
have been expecting something new
tonight as salutes have been fired
near Winchester or Stevenson’s
Depot this afternoon which usually
indicates good news.
Havens Letter: February 24 1865, Page: 2

Havens Letter: February 24 1865
Havens Letter: February 24 1865

Camp Russell Va.
February 24th 1865

Dear Nell.
Yours of the 16th ult came
to hand safely. last night and I was
much pleased with its contents. and
hope in a few days to be enjoying
some of the contents of that box.
There is but little news to write of
at present. No great rejoicings
have occurred since the evening
on which I last wrote you. We
received the news of the evacuation
of Fort Anderson yesterday. and
have been expecting something new
tonight as salutes have been fired
near Winchester or Stevenson’s
Depot this afternoon which usually
indicates good news.
Havens Letter: February 24 1865, Page: 3

Havens Letter: February 24 1865
Havens Letter: February 24 1865

and render it utterly imposs
ible to take artillery with us
Yet that would be no great
drawback as if we wanted
any when we met the Johnnies
all that would be necessary would
be for us to reach and get it
There is a report that fortifications
are to be erected near here to the
view of protecting and defending the
valley. Many have long held the
opinion that if Lee ever did evacu-
ate Richmond he would concentrate
his army and make one bold.
final effort to invade the northern
states and end the war on free
and loyal soil. It was once his boast
that he would dictate terms of
peace on northern soil. but I
rather guess he will be glad
to accept instead of dictating
terms of peace if he ever gets there

Havens Letter: February 24 1865, Page: 4

Havens Letter: February 24 1865
Havens Letter: February 24 1865

and render it utterly imposs
ible to take artillery with us
Yet that would be no great
drawback as if we wanted
any when we met the Johnnies
all that would be necessary would
be for us to reach and get it
There is a report that fortifications
are to be erected near here to the
view of protecting and defending the
valley. Many have long held the
opinion that if Lee ever did evacu-
ate Richmond he would concentrate
his army and make one bold.
final effort to invade the northern
states and end the war on free
and loyal soil. It was once his boast
that he would dictate terms of
peace on northern soil. but I
rather guess he will be glad
to accept instead of dictating
terms of peace if he ever gets there

Havens Letter: February 24 1865, Page: 5

Havens Letter: February 24 1865
Havens Letter: February 24 1865

[5]

There is little or no fun going
on around here now. The sleighing
is all gone and mud reigns supreme.
There was a Ball somewhere
the 22nd but where I have not
learned.. The day was a fickle
one the morning as clear sunny
and mild as a May day. the after
noon cloudy and the evening down
right stormy.. Yesterday it rained
nearly all day but the evening was
clear but cold. Today has been a
beautiful one although the night
is rather cold.. It has been so
for several days. warm pleasant
days and cold freezing nights.
First rate sugar weather.. We are
up to our knees in mud and
as we poor workers of 1st Sergts
are compelled to keep moving pretty
bet
constantly. we are a dirty set you ^
Havens Letter: February 24 1865, Page: 6

Havens Letter: February 24 1865
Havens Letter: February 24 1865

[5]

There is little or no fun going
on around here now. The sleighing
is all gone and mud reigns supreme.
There was a Ball somewhere
the 22nd but where I have not
learned.. The day was a fickle
one the morning as clear sunny
and mild as a May day. the after
noon cloudy and the evening down
right stormy.. Yesterday it rained
nearly all day but the evening was
clear but cold. Today has been a
beautiful one although the night
is rather cold.. It has been so
for several days. warm pleasant
days and cold freezing nights.
First rate sugar weather.. We are
up to our knees in mud and
as we poor workers of 1st Sergts
are compelled to keep moving pretty
bet
constantly. we are a dirty set you ^
Havens Letter: February 24 1865, Page: 7

Havens Letter: February 24 1865
Havens Letter: February 24 1865

two sheets of Congress Cap
paper and posted it then went
to bed and dreamed of -- what
Charleston. Columbia. Bunker Hill
Lexington. Warren. Putnam. Washing
ton. Valley Forge. pretty girls
and pumpkin pies. and the
deuce knows what and got up
ic
next morning feeling as patriot^
as Joe Flanegin when he was deter
mined to save the Union. niggers
pigs. chickens. cattle women and
children from being – divided.
Now. I expect you will think
I was drunk. but I tell you it
is not so. Not a drop of intoxica
ting liquor did I see that night.
But to tell the truth I never had
any piece of good news affect me
as that did. I dont often feel
very enthusiastic over anysuch
thing but I could’n’t help that

Havens Letter: February 24 1865, Page: 8

Havens Letter: February 24 1865
Havens Letter: February 24 1865

two sheets of Congress Cap
paper and posted it then went
to bed and dreamed of -- what
Charleston. Columbia. Bunker Hill
Lexington. Warren. Putnam. Washing
ton. Valley Forge. pretty girls
and pumpkin pies. and the
deuce knows what and got up
ic
next morning feeling as patriot^
as Joe Flanegin when he was deter
mined to save the Union. niggers
pigs. chickens. cattle women and
children from being – divided.
Now. I expect you will think
I was drunk. but I tell you it
is not so. Not a drop of intoxica
ting liquor did I see that night.
But to tell the truth I never had
any piece of good news affect me
as that did. I dont often feel
very enthusiastic over anysuch
thing but I could’n’t help that

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