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Havens Letter: September 22 1863

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Creator: Edwin R. Havens
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: September 22, 1863
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Original Format: Document
Collection Number: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 1, Folder 14
Language: English
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Relation: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 1, Folder 14
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Havens Letter: September 22 1863, Page: 1

Havens Letter: September 22 1863
Havens Letter: September 22 1863

One mile and a half from Culpepper Va.
Tuesday. September 22nd 63

Well Nell. what are
you up to this afternoon. Hard at
work like a good boy. while I am
away down here in Virginia doing noth
ing. and al wishing almost that
I was there to help you.. Yours of
the 13th was received Saturday evening
last and this is the first opportunity
I have had to answer. When I wrote
you last week. I was behind the regi
ment with the wagon train. behind
because I would not expose myself
to danger where I could do no good;
now, too, I am behind the regiment
and with the wagon train again.
behind this time. because I was sent here
with five men on Sunday to report to
Cap. Welk [O?].. M. of our Brigade..
Havens Letter: September 22 1863, Page: 2

Havens Letter: September 22 1863
Havens Letter: September 22 1863

You will of course. understand
by this that I am again on duty. and
I credit you with something of a desire
to know how I fared in my affair
with Lieut. Dutchman.. I will tell
you. As soon as Capt Walker returned
he began to work someway to get me
on duty again.. and on Thursday
last he succeeded in gaining a promise
from the Col that I should be released
and restored to duty and my position.
the only punishment I sustained being
an order read on “Parade” releasing me
but at the same time censuring me
for my conduct.. and ending in
Col Mann’s stereotyped phrase. “such
conduct. here after will not be tolerated..
This was much better than I had
any reason to expect. Many “non.com
mish” have been reduced to privates for no
worse offence against military discipline
than I was guilty of..
Havens Letter: September 22 1863, Page: 3

Havens Letter: September 22 1863
Havens Letter: September 22 1863

I was very thankful to Capt
Walker for his efforts in my behalf
(and I will here say that he has
always been kind to me. treating me
more like an associate than an inferior..
He wanted my assistance in the
company. Wm Graham and two Corps.
being all the “non commish” in
the company.. for duty.. and after I
was released he was anxious to find
something for me to do. and when
the detail for these men came I
was detailed to take charge of them..
None of us thought it was more
than a temporary affair and that
we would return to the company
when the regt moved again. but on
reporting to Capt Welles we found
that he considered it a permanent
thing and said he intended to keep
us as long as we remained in the
brigade. so I am worth no more to the
company than before.

Havens Letter: September 22 1863, Page: 4

Havens Letter: September 22 1863
Havens Letter: September 22 1863

The duty is very light. the
men are used as guards and order
lies for the Capt. carrying dispatches
and going on errands. The guard duty
is very light being only an occasion
al nights work and then there being
five of them it only takes two hours
duty for each. I have nothing to do.
On some accounts I am
much pleased with this arrange
ment. We are out of danger. have
less moving to do. more feed for
our horses and a better chance
to get rations for ourselves than
when with the company. Will
have no picket duty to do if we
stay here through the winter (as
Cap.. Welles says we will) and
the restrictions are not near so
severe as in the regt. We are
almost as free as we would be
at home..
Havens Letter: September 22 1863, Page: 5

Havens Letter: September 22 1863
Havens Letter: September 22 1863

But on the other hand
I shall miss the company of
those I have had as associates
for the past year. and the excite
ment of the scouts. reconnoisances
and skirmishes. and what news
I shall have to write of these things
will be less interesting as it will
be second hand..But I think.
that when Capt Walker. finds
that it is intended to keep us
here he will try to have me
sent back to the company again..
The cavalry moved yesterday
morning and it is reported have
gone on a scout to Madison. C.H.
after Stuart who was reported to
be in that vicinity. They were
lying near Stephensburg a small
village about five miles east of Culpep
per and the train lay about a
Havens Letter: September 22 1863, Page: 6

Havens Letter: September 22 1863
Havens Letter: September 22 1863

mile from them. We moved to
this point making a move of about
three miles. We are camped near
the R.R. southeast of the village.
I have heard heavy connonad
ing today in a southerly direction
supposed to be near Madison. C.H.
which is twenty three miles from
Culpepper.
Yesterday mornings “Chronicle
gave an account of a fight between
Bragg. and Rosecrans near Chatta
nooga in which it said the result
was yet uncertain.. it also stated
that Beauregard was busy repair
ing Fort Sumpter! I trust that
Gillmore will not allow the [illegible in original]
success he has met with them for to
satisfy him but will attend to their
wants in Fort Sumpter. at once
I received a “Chicago Tribune.”
yesterday morning and thank
Havens Letter: September 22 1863, Page: 7

Havens Letter: September 22 1863
Havens Letter: September 22 1863

you for it.. I feel more positive
of anything after reading it from that
paper.
Our “Equinoctial” is over I think.
and am heartily glad of it. We
have had some days cold enough
for Warrenton, and today is not
so warm as some I saw in
August. We have had a good
deal of rain since we commen
ced this movement and I don’t
know as it is to be wondered at
It was always raining if I went
anywhere.. There are several
corps of infantry near us and
some. Michigan regiments are
among them. The1st and 4th
are but a little ways from us the
7th and 24th are towards Stevensburg.
in the 1st corps. Capt Walker paid
a visit to the Col. of the 24th on
Saturday and found there
Havens Letter: September 22 1863, Page: 8

Havens Letter: September 22 1863
Havens Letter: September 22 1863

Major Graves of Niles who is
sutler of the regit and father in law
to Col. Morrow. The cannonading
is growing closer though still in
the direction of the Rapidan. and the
“long roll” is beating in the camp of
the 5th Corps. near us.. It may be
that there will be lively work on the
Rapidan ere long..
One year ago today (how often I repeat
those words) I left home to become a sol
dier. It is much such a. day. cool. clear
and sunny with a good stiff breeze. and
well do I remember the varying emotions
I felt on that day.. What varied scenes I
have passed through since then. yet how
short seems the time. Every foot of
the country around us at home seems
as plain to me as though I was there
nothing is forgotten and it seems as
though I could find every thing I ever
had and that I left behind me.
But I presume that time has made
more changes there than it has with
me. and I would not feel at home for
a few days. I hope one year from
today will find me at home. and
think I can stay till then unless this war
can be settled honorably before then.
The infantry are getting in motion
and a large battle may take place ere
long.. Many thanks for the stamps
My love to all.. Write soon
E R Havens
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