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Creator: Unknown
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: 1860-1869
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Original Format: Document
Collection Number: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 2, Folder 15
Language: English
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Contributing Institution: Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections
Relation: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 2, Folder 15
Contributor: MSU Archives and Historical Collections
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Havens Letter: Information unknown 3
Havens Letter: Information unknown 3

I am glad to know that
you are getting along so well
on the farm. and are having
so good prospects for a bountiful
supply of provisions for next winter.
You will need them all. for I
am coming home to eat apples
and go “hunting” with you next
winter.. I have seen but little
that looked like a bountiful
living for the inhabitants of
this country. Very few pieces of
wheat are to be seen. most of which
looks very well.. A few have planted
their corn and are now working
it out the first time while others
are but just planning.. all. are
planting but very little..
I wish you could have been
with us when we went through
Warrenton on Tuesday.
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We saw some most beautiful
country or some that presented
most beautiful scenery. although
to the cold. calculating eye of one
who wished to choose a homestead
where grain crops could be raised
with ease it would have been
poor.. It is rolling and in
some places quite hilly.. but is
all well watered and I should
judge would make good dairy
farms.. Nearly every foot of ground
is covered with clover or timothy
which is now quite rank and
our horses find good grazing
every where.. I can hardly de
termine whether this grass is
the spontaneous growth of the
soil or has been sown by design..
This war will have the effect
to considerable extent of renovating
much old worn out land
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and could the northern
soldiers be allowed to settle on
the “sacred soil” of Virginia
I predict that ere many years
it would compete favorably
with some of our northern
states.. Free air and Free
Labor would have quite a healthy
effect upon it and it would not
be long ere it would shake off the
fetters of the mighty and blasting
incubus now binding it down
and come forth into light with all
the vigor and life of Ohio or Mich
igan.. I would. did peace again
reign in our blessed land. be
willing to make my home among
the hills and valleys of Eastern
Virginia..
I would like to be at home
to attend Sunday School once
or twice. but could not afford to
stay long.
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and could the northern
soldiers be allowed to settle on
the “sacred soil” of Virginia
I predict that ere many years
it would compete favorably
with some of our northern
states.. Free air and Free
Labor would have quite a healthy
effect upon it and it would not
be long ere it would shake off the
fetters of the mighty and blasting
incubus now binding it down
and come forth into light with all
the vigor and life of Ohio or Mich
igan.. I would. did peace again
reign in our blessed land. be
willing to make my home among
the hills and valleys of Eastern
Virginia..
I would like to be at home
to attend Sunday School once
or twice. but could not afford to
stay long.
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goes to him with a reasonable
complaint without getting im
mediate attention and receiving
redress.. But he makes a great many
moves which to us seem ridiculous
and absurd.. but as he is “Boss”
we must do. and if we dont like
we must “grin and bear it.”
I am sorry to hear that Mother
does not recover from her cough
I hope to hear that she is well
when you write again.. I hope
that this will find you all in
good health.. It is needless
to say that I am well. because
I do not intend to get sick
and I beleive that inclination
makes more than half the
sickness in the army..
Most boys when they feel a
little ill. make themselves worse

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goes to him with a reasonable
complaint without getting im
mediate attention and receiving
redress.. But he makes a great many
moves which to us seem ridiculous
and absurd.. but as he is “Boss”
we must do. and if we dont like
we must “grin and bear it.”
I am sorry to hear that Mother
does not recover from her cough
I hope to hear that she is well
when you write again.. I hope
that this will find you all in
good health.. It is needless
to say that I am well. because
I do not intend to get sick
and I beleive that inclination
makes more than half the
sickness in the army..
Most boys when they feel a
little ill. make themselves worse

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that he could carry on the
war in Virginia alone. for ten
years. and I almost beleive him.
Nature has done a good deal
for the military features of this
state. and moderately strong
fortifications may be thrown
up in many places with but
little work.. and many strong
places can be held by comparatively
small forces. against a vastly superior
force. thus leaving them at liberty
to send out many parties to harass
and worry our troops while we are
compelled to use the great bulk of
our troops to drive them from
their fortresses.. A few hundred
will gather in the mountains
from whence they can descend and
pick off small forces and scamper
back again without danger of being
driven out by any equal force
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without the aid of artillery
which being slow of transporta
tion. they can easily escape by
some one of the many roads with
which they are so well acquainted
before it can be brought to bear
upon them. It is hard fighting
an enemy who knows every inch
of the position occupied by both
parties when you know not even
your own. but they must and
shall be conquered and I hope to
live to see that day. yet if my
life is necessary to acquire that re
sult it is at my country [mark illegible in original] service..
Give my best wishes to all
and write soon. accepting
the prayers for Heaven s bless
ings upon you all. of your Brother
and Son
Edwin R Havens

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