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Edwin R. Havens Diary January 11, 1864 through July 20, 1864

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Creator: Edwin R. Havens
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: 1860-1869
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Original Format: Document
Collection Number: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 2, Volume 4
Language: English
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Edwin R. Havens Diary January 11, 1864 through July 20, 1864, Page: 1

Edwin R. Havens Diary January 11, 1864 through July 20, 1864
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Edwin R Havens
Co. A.7th Mich Cav.
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35 35.00
Capt G W Wells
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[Left-hand side of inside front cover]

Edwin R Havens
Co A 7th Mich Cavalry
Army of Potomac]

[Upside-down of inside front cover]
54
1st [illegible in original] 24
7th Mich [19th?]
Wells 2
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Jan 11th 1864
[several figures illegible in original]

My Diary
Edwin R Havens
Co “A” 7th Mich Cav.

[several lines illegible in original]

and Fredericksburg Va
May 7th 1864
We have now been on
the move since Wednesday
morning. having left Camp
at 7. A M. of that day.
This like all of [illegible in original]
[illegible in original] took nearly
all by surprise. The first
understanding I had of [illegible in original]
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434 F street
Between 6th & 7th
Mr Brown

immediate movement
was on Tuesday afternoon
when Lieut B_ and
myself went to Ingalls
to procure horses. We
found everything torn
up and Capt [illegible in original] inform
[illegible in original] that the army would
move that night. We
returned to camp as
soon as possible and
at 8 PM recd ord to be
ready to break camp at
[daylt?] next AM.
We marched W. to [illegible in original]
3 m. of [illegible in original] and
crossed then [illegible in original]
at about 8.
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Jan 12th 1864
Horses
1st Mich 80
1st Vermont 24
7th Mich 19
Capt Wells 2
125

We marched that
day [illegible in original] where
we remd over nite. and
[line illegible in original]
[illegible in original] [illegible in original] This A M. we
marched back to [illegible in original] and
red till M. when we [again?]
started and came here
Heavy fighting was
heard [illegible in original] and consid
today no decisive resul
has been heard yet [tend?]
Our brig. was engaged
yesterday. and the 1st
5th & 6th lost slightly
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$ 12
[illegible in original] 150
Hired help 20
25
40
30
277 277
121
156
CM 200
60 356
20
30
110
80
190
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Borders
Due By [illegible in original] 34
Hunt 34
Scott 40
Miss Depuy 12
35
$121

Our regt is reported
not to have lost any
although engaged.
No result has been
heard from to days
fight. Gen Hays was
Killed [T.?] Today while
laying at C_ a part of 9th
came up. It was the colored
troops which were the first
I had ever seen. While coming
out of Chancellorsville little Henry
fell from one of the mules and
was run over and died soon after
reaching here
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Anna Graham
Between 1st & 2nd
May 10th 1864

We now lay ½ a mile
from where the preceding
pages were written. On Sun
day we moved from here
some five miles in direc
tion of Spottsylvania C.H.
and started in a field
where we remd until nearly
night when we came back
here. Sunday A.M. our cav
stirred up a nest of Johnnies
and engaged them until
releived by the 5th Corps
Heavy fighting was kept
up all day neither side
appearing to gain much.
When we returned here
at night the Mich
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troops belonging to 9th
A.C. were camped but
a short distance from
us. But we did not know
it until next morning
and then it was too late
to see them as they had
moved at daylight to
the front. I saw one of the
2nd who was left behind.
He told me that Frank
Farnsworth was with the
company.
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Considerable fighting
took place yesterday
and last night. About
12 Oclock last night seve
ral wagons were sent out
to bring in our wounded
It is reported that Maj
Gen Sedgwick was killed
while on the picket lines
yesterday morning
Gen Birney is reported
to have been killed yes
terday or day before. On
the rebel side Gen Long
street is reported to
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be wounded. This re
port comes from citi
zens who say that rebel
soldiers gave them the
report. Last night a
body of prisoners re
ported to contain
over 2600 passed by
here. and a short time
afterwards a squad of
twenty others passed us
It is reported that 2500
have gone another route
The wounded have
been sent to Fredericksburg
where they are to be quar
tered. Yesterday morn
the Cav. Corps started on
a movement which
no one seems to fully
understand Some reports
say that they have gone
to open communication
with Butler
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Others, that they have
gone to open communica
tion between Fredbg and
the Potomac. Some one
reports that they met
old Stuart yesterday and
cut their way through him
Heavy fighting in the
direction of Spottsylvania
this morning. It is now
the seventh day since the
movement commenced
no
and ^ day has yet passed
without fighting. What is
most remarkable. no man
has yet fallen.. a phenomenon
never before known since
the war commenced. The weather
is dry and very warm.
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Between Chancellorsville and
Fredericksburg May 11th /64

We yet remain in the
same spot chosen by us
on Sunday night which
is now ascertained to be
seven miles from Fredericks
and five from Chancellorsville
We expected rain
last night: but it did not
come and this morn.g
gave but few promises
of a shower excepting
the intense heat and
silent air. It however
commenced raining
about 2. P.M. and slight
showers still continue
at intervals. and meet
with a hearty welcom
from all

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But little firing has
been heard to day, and
that at a much greater
distance than yesterday.
The cannonading was
regular and steady until
after dark last night: and
was by far the heaviest
and most terrific I have
heard since that of Gettysburg

This morning upwards
of 800 prisoners were
brought in many, if not
all. of whom were captured
yesterday. A large number
of wounded were sent to
Fredericksburg yesterday
and quite a large number to day.
Good news if true
reached us yesterday.
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One report says that
Gen Butler has taken
Petersburg and is marching
rapidly on Richmond
Another that Gen Segel
has possession of Gordon
ville. That our forces cap
tured the first line of
their defenses yesterday;
and that the cavalry
had destroyed their
communications with
Richmond. Thus nearly
or quite surrounding
them and placing both
Richmond and the
army of Northern Va in
jeopardy. Gen Lee is
said to have been wounded
so severely as to compel
him to leave command
of the army, which
Ewell assumes
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Another report says
that Joe Johnson and
Beauregard have been
severely handled and
thrashed in the southwest:
[He?] is heaping things up
almost too fast to be readily
believed as it seems too
good to be true. Can
it be that Gen Grant
is really going to accom
plish. what McClellan,
Pope Burnside. Hooker
and Meade have tried
for three long weary years
to do. May a kind and
beneficient Providence
order this to be so.
Lieut Ballard has
just received an order
to have the [R Q M?] [illegible in original]
in teams and wagons
[line illegible in original]

[Written in pen over top of bottom two lines – This was a rumor
started by some one]
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to Washington while the
rest of [remainder of line illegible in original]
transported to Fortress
Monroe

[Written in pen over top of lines 2 – 4 – and utterly unfounded]

bg
Four miles from Fredericks^
May 12th 1864
This morning at sunrise
we received orders to prepare
to move and after waiting
and working we finally halted
here having gone a distance
of about three miles. The
day has been very rainy
and there is every prospect
of more rain to night.
We are expecting our train
with forage almost every
moment. as six wagons
from our brigade were
sent to Belle Plain for
forage last night:
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This has been an event
ful day and one of the
hardest fought of the present
campaign. It is reported
and beleived that Gen. Grant
fell back some three
miles last night with
all appearances of a ske
daddle and that the [Johnny?]
followed him up. Those
who were awake during
the night say that there
was heavy fighting in the
after part of the night:
Certain it is that at
early day light heavy can
nonading was distinctly
heard which has continued
nearly up to the present time
About nine A.M. the report
was brought in that two
brigades had been captured
by our boys. and soon
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they came up. One
whole division was
surrounded and taken
with 15 pieces of artillery
and the hospitals and
everything pertaining to
the division. It has been
said that 13 Gens. were
taken I saw three 2 Maj
Gens and one Brig. One of
them is said by many
to be a Gen Stuart not
the famous Cavalry Gen of
that name but a brother
commanding infantry.
He was an ordinary
looking man and many
of the men in the ranks
appeared as well dressed
and intelligent.
The prisoners are camped
a short distance from
here and are said to
number 6500
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Fredericksburg Va
May 15th 1864
I was awakened before
daylight this morning by
hearing Huntington calling
me. and saying that we were
going to move immediately.
We got under motion
with much less wailing
than usual and about 8
Oclock halted here. We are
now parked just out of town
on the highths. and have
a very pleasant place. with
the exception of wood being
very unhandy.
No fighting of consi
quence has taken place
since the 12th. The 13th scarcely
again was heard and yester
day but very few cannons
were heard About four P M
some cannonading was
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heard which lasted about
an hour. One or two re
ports have been heard
today. Yesterday after
noon I procured a pass
and Roop and I went
down to the city and
spent a couple of hours
riding around and visit
ing viewing the place.
The idea. I had formed
of its beauty. while lying
at Falmouth were realized.
It is certainly the largest
and most beautiful
place I have yet seen
in Virginia. Nearly every
building not occupied by
families are now used
as hospitals and are filled
with wounded. The weather
is still rainy. Several showers
fall every day
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Fredericksburg Va
May 16th 1864
We still remain in
the camp chosen by us
yesterday morning. and
prospects now are that we
may remain here till our
cavalry comes back. we
have had but two slight
showers today and it
has looked more like clear
ing up than it has at
any time before since
the storm commenced.
Our train returned from
Belle Plain last and brought
soft bread and pork. and
a few hams. We received
pork today. rations for
three days. the first we
have drawn since we drew
at Chancellorville the
6th.
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A large number of cavalry
detachments for the whole
corps came in today.
Some were new recruits
and others. those who
had been to Camp Stone
man to be remounted..
I saw Sergt Dunnett
of Co. D and Sergt Gregg
of Co B. who have been
absent from the regt on
recruiting for a long time.
Ed. Nye and I went
down into the city this
afternoon and rode all
over it and I saw many
things which I did
not notice the other time
I was down there.
Wrote a letter to our folk
on returning to camp
Our cavalry is reported
at Fortress Monroe
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Fredericksburg Va
May 17 /64
We still remain in
the same encampment
and everything is quiet
as usual. The day
has been mild and with
out rain.scarcely a drop
has fallen.
This morning we were
surprised by a capt. report
ing to Lieut Bullard that
he had been appointed
to relieve him and occu
py the place of Brig. QM.
His name is Bowman.
We heard before leaving
Culpepper that such
a thing was probable. but
had begun to hope that
it might not be so
He is now occupying
quarters. at Cav. Corps

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Headquarters. while
Lieut B- will remain
here the remainder of
this month.
Our dismounted men
who guarded the prisoner
to Belle Plain returned
here today arriving about
noon. About 5 O’clock
a large body of infantry
went out on the pike to
wards the front. Some
one reported them as
numbering 40,000.
The report that Gen. Custer
was killed a few days
ago has some way got
into circulation but is
generally disbeleived.
No fighting has been
heard today. Those
who have been to the front
report all quiet.
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Fredericksburg May 18th
All has been quiet today
so far as. I have heard.
A few of our men who
were dismounted were
going to the front this
morning and when a few
miles out were fired on
by a party of bushwhackers
and one of them was woun
ded in the leg. Word was
sent back to camp. & Cap
North went out with twelve
men and captured two
rebels a Capt & Lieut at a
house. and also brought
in a citizen and burned
the house where they
were found. The Lieut
was badly wounded
through the body. and
it is a doubtful chance
that he lives
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Some say that he was
shot by the man who
was wounded this morn
ing. while others say that
he. himself. says he was
shot while attempting
to take one of our trains
last night.
Ten wagons were sent
to Belle Plain for forage
today. Nothing reliable
has been heard from
our cavalry yet. Some
say that they were
expected to land at
Belle Plain tonight
from transports. Mail
can be got by sending an
order to the Dept. for it but
as no one knows when the
cavalry will be back it
is not advisable to get it.
We had a slight shower
of rain today.
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May 19th 1864
This morning Anthony
Densmore and myself
went to the front in
search of the 9th A.C.
which was said to be about
nine miles distant from
here. Arriving out there
we found that it had
moved some four or
five miles farther to the
left and had some diffi
culty in finding it. but
succeeded after a time
The others were in search
of the 17th Mich infantry
while I was looking
for the 2nd in hopes to
find Frank Farnsworth
I found the regt and
Co but learned that
Frank was left at Warren
ton Junction while on
the march from Alexandria
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here. After ascertaining
this I turned to leave, not
dreaming that there was
any one else there that
I knew. when I heard
some one inquire if I
were not from Niles.
I knew the voice instan
ly and turning back saw
one of my old scholars
N.T. Dyer. whom I had
never dreamed of finding
in the army. as he was
at home and stoutly
resisting all attempts
to induce him to enlist
when I came away.
I had quite a pleasant
visit of half an hour
with him. but was forced
to come away as they were
in line of battle and
none knew how soon
a fight might commence
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The country where they
were and between here
and there is like all
that we have seen this
side of the Rapidan
and Rappahannock. very
hilly and covered with
a thick growth of short
timber. We came directly
back from where they
lay and on the same
route and saw but little
if any of the lately fought
fields. I have heard no can
nons and presume that no
fighting has occurred. although
we heard no cannonading
yesterday and there was
a very severe battle. in which
our men were successful
in driving the rebels from
one or two lines of their
defences.
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Last night just at dusk
two of our dismounted men
belonging to the [13th?] Mich
took a notion to go out
guerrilla hunting on their
own hook so pulling off
their side arms they slung
their carbines over their
and
shoulders they went out as
though they had no arms
on. They had not gone far
before a couple of Johnny’s
arose from the bushes and
presenting a pair of revolvers
gave them an invitation
to go to Dixie with them.
But our boys “could nt see
it” and just reaching over
their shoulders drew a
couple of Spencer’s and
bringing them to bear fired
killing one and causing
the other to surrender
‘[instanter?]”
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When we reached
camped we found a
large amount of mail
waiting. which Pete and
Nell. were very busy assort-
ing. But although it had
been three weeks since
I had seen a letter I
received in about six or
eight bushels of mail
two letters and two
papers. and those older
than Methusaleh.
We hear very conflicting
reports concerning our cavalry
Some pretending to know
say they will be here within
a day or two while others who
have fully as good a chance
to get information say they
will not be back for a
long time. Several more
men came in from Wash
ington last night
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Fredericksburg. May 20th

We hear nothing new today.
A skirmish took place last
night some 6 or 8 miles
from here towards the
front in consequence of
the guerrillas making
an attack on a wagon
train. but were driven
back with out accom
plishing their object and
suffering considerable
loss. Ed and Lou went out
to the front today with Capt
Bowman. They said nothing
was being done while they
were there but that the
troops had orders to advance
at 12 Oclock. They had not
commenced to do so however
when they left. nor has any
cannonading been heard
this afternoon
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Some two hundred
prisoners were sent in
from the front this morn
ing. I do not know when
they were captured. Our dis
mounted men captured
three more guerrilla’s last
night or yesterday.
This morning we had or
ders to be ready to move at
a moments notice. but after
harnessing and hooking
up and laying so half
a day we finally unhooked
and unharnessed and will
probably remain here for
some time unless they
in
[mark illegible in original] get frightened and ^ such
a case we shall probably
move only across the river.
The move this morning was
only on account of the attack
ing of the train last night.
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A small mail came
up today. and as usual
brought nothing for me
I heard a newsboy crying
“Washington Chronicle” this
morning. which sounded some
thing like civilization once
more. Our train which was
sent to Belle Plain. yesterday
returned with supplies today
Today was ration today. but
nothing was issued except coffee,
“hard tack” and sugar.. no pork.
Answered Nell’s letter last
this afternoon.
The day has been warm
and pleasant. although we
had a very heavy dew this
morning.
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May 21st 1864
We were routed out at
2 Oclock this morning
by orders to ready to march
at 3 Oclock. but as usual
we did not start until
day light. No one knew
where we were going.
we
Some said ^ were going
to Belle Plain others to
Port Conway. Others to Guinea
Station. and still others
to Bowling Green. We
marched quite steadily
until noon. when we
parked here. We hear
that we are eight miles
from Bowling Green
and some 18 from
Fredericksburg..
There has been some
cannonading this
afternoon.
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Milford Station. Va
Monday May 23d /64

We lay at the camp
where the last page was
written all yesterday
and moved from there
this morning at about
seven O’clock and arrived
here at about 6. P.M.
The weather has been
pleasant and dry since
Friday. and promises to
be good for some days to
come. We have travelled
through the most beauti
ful country since Satur
day that I have seen in
Virginia. We passed through
Bowling Green about four
O’clock and found it to
be much larger than I
expected. and a most
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beautiful place. This
Station is a beautiful
little place for a Virginia
and contains several nice
little. buildings. and lies
near the Mattapony River
The first of our troops ar
rived here this morni last
Saturday morning and the
last left here this morn
ing about eleven O’clock.

May 26th
We remained at Milford
one day and two nights.
moving yesterday to this
place. which is I should
think about four miles
from Milford. While
there day before yesterday
Lieut Ballard. myself
and some eight or ten
others went foraging
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beautiful place. This
Station is a beautiful
little place for a Virginia
and contains several nice
little. buildings. and lies
near the Mattapony River
The first of our troops ar
rived here this morni last
Saturday morning and the
last left here this morn
ing about eleven O’clock.

May 26th
We remained at Milford
one day and two nights.
moving yesterday to this
place. which is I should
think about four miles
from Milford. While
there day before yesterday
Lieut Ballard. myself
and some eight or ten
others went foraging
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started out again with
four teams. We went to
another farm near this
one and filled the wagons
with corn and then re
turned to camp. and found
the train hooked up and
ready to pull out. It
was threatning rain
very hard and after
laying still about an
hour the order came to
unhook and unharness,
and just then a furious
storm of wind, hail and
rain broke which lasted
about three fourths of an
hour. After arriving
here we started out again
and going some five or
six miles found a large
number of hams and
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appropriated immediately
Our cavalry came in
yesterday afternoon and there
was great rejoicing to see them.
Our regt. lost slightly
but the worth of those lost
was great. Billy OBrien
is gone! killed while gallantly
heading the company in a
charge at Glen Allin.
Major Granger was also
killed there.. and others were
killed and wounded whose
names I did not learn.
They moved to the front
again this morning

May 30th 1864
On the morning of the 27th we moved
at ten. A.M. from where we lay.
and returning to Milford took
the road leading towards New
town and marching about
ten miles halted for the night
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at about 12 O’clock. The next
morning at 10½ we started
again and marching through
Newtown stopped about a
mile from Dunkirk and
remained near till yesterday
about 9.A M. We then moved
on again stopping here
about sundown. The country
we have passed through on
these three days march has
been as good as any we have
yet seen. and we have passed
through many pleasant little
villages. Newtown is not
a very large place containing
but a few dwelling houses.
a mill and store house and
a store. The papers strewn
about these buildings showed
one S.S.Gresham, to have been
the proprietor and indicate
that he had been long estab
lished. and extensively connected
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with business firms in
Richmond. Liverpool and
other cities. Between one and
two hundred prisoners bushels
of wheat still remained in
the Storehouse. At Dunkirk
we crossed the Mattapony
the wagons crossing on one
of our own pontoons. while the
horse and footmen crossed
on one of the bridges captured
from the “Johnny’s” It consisted
of the boats stretched across
placed lengthwise across the
river and the floor laid below
the edge of the boats The river
at Dunkirk was about the
same width as the Rapidan
at Ely’s Ford and much deeper.
About 2 miles from Dunkirk
we passed through Elliott
quite a village on the Matta
pony. Several buildings had
been burned, which a citizen
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told us were burned by
a Delaware regiment in June
of last year. they having come
up to a town lower down the
river on gunboats and then
marched up there. About two
miles from here we halted
at a point in the road where
there were two dwelling houses.
a blacksmith shop. cooper
and wagon Shop. which was
dignified with the title of Mechan
icsville. We hear that our
brigade fell in with a strong
force of “rebs” in riflepits and
although. being badly cut up.
drove them from their works.
Gen. Custer. had a horse killed
under him. an Officer named
Stranahan on his staff was
wounded severely. Capt Maxwell
of the 1st was wounded se
verely and had his arm
amputated while the [5th?]
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was badly cut to pieces..
Our regt and the 6th have not
been heard of but there is little
reason to think they did not
have anything to do:
I saw about one hundred
prisoners probably more that
were taken in that fight.
From what the citizens
told us yesterday I think
we must now be about a
mile from the Pamunkey
at Hanover Town and if
we move today will probably
go to near some point on
the Yorktown and Richmond
railroad.. Many think the
White House our destination
It was near Mechanics
ville seventeen miles from
Richmond that our brig
ade. was engaged yesterday
morning
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June 2nd 1864
We are now camped in
a field near where our brig
ade was engaged day before
yesterday. We passed through
the fields where the fight
occurred, while coming
here this morning. and
saw some dead horses
and a few graves.
Monday afternoon we
heard that some of our
company were wounded
and at the Corps hospital
a short distance from
the river on the opposite
side and Ed. Nye and
I procured a pass and
went over. We found
Harvey with his right leg
taken off between the
thigh and knee. but ap
parently feeling and
doing finely.
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Hanney was there too,
wounded in the right arm
near the shoulder; a severe
flesh wound but not dan
gerous. Luke was killed
on the field. Poor fellow.
the death he so much
dreaded and tried so
long to shun at last
overtook him at the mom
ent when spurred to
desperation. by the [jeers?]
of comrades he was doing
better than he was ever
known to do before.
I saw there. Sergt Buck
[Corp. Delamader?] & Todd
and privates Hyde. Miller.
and one other whom I
did not know. Sergt
Perkins was reported dead
having died since coming
to the hospital. and Sergt
Nolan was said to be dying
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I saw Corp Williams
from the same company
but did not see him.
Emmons of the 1st was
also there badly wounded
in the right shoulder
and [Gonell?] of the 1st wounded
in one arm and one
thigh while scores of [illegible in original]
gers were there with wounds
of all descriptions from arms
and legs off to mere scrat
ches. Everyone said that
the fight of Friday last
was the hardest and ever
known by our cavalry
Gen Custer had three
horses shot under him.
and Lieut [Christenzey?]
was wounded in three
places. Major Walker was
said to have received a
slight wounds and several
officers of other regiments
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were wounded. On return
ing to the train we found
everything ready to pull
out. and as soon as possible
we got into the road and
crossed the river and
camped about three miles
this side on a road said
to lead directly to White
House landing. that after
noon the train that had
been sent several days
before the Port Royal came
up with supplies and also
brought a small mail
from which I got three
letters. We remained
in the camp chosen
by us that night. until
nine Oclock last night
when we marched about
six miles. halting at
three O.clock We moved
again about 11 A.M
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and halted here about
3 P.M. We have the
best camping ground
now that we have had
since leaving Culpepper.
The weather has been
warm and dry until
this afternoon when we
had a nice little shower
lasting about half an
hour. day before yesterday
our brigade was slightly
engaged. but yesterday
morning they were pitched
into and had a severe
time and it is said
lost heavily. I have not
heard from our regt and
know nothing of its loss.
Capt Brevoort of the 1st
was killed. and Capt
Hazlett wounded. It
is said that four men
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and halted here about
3 P.M. We have the
best camping ground
now that we have had
since leaving Culpepper.
The weather has been
warm and dry until
this afternoon when we
had a nice little shower
lasting about half an
hour. day before yesterday
our brigade was slightly
engaged. but yesterday
morning they were pitched
into and had a severe
time and it is said
lost heavily. I have not
heard from our regt and
know nothing of its loss.
Capt Brevoort of the 1st
was killed. and Capt
Hazlett wounded. It
is said that four men
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going via Elliott or
Newtown are expected
up with supplies to night
or tomorrow morning.
We are said to be
ten miles from White
House. and about six
teen from Richmond
and some where’s near
to Coal Harbor. where
our men were fighting
yesterday. But in the
absence of an accurate
map. I can not tell
in what direction
either of these places
lie.
Near Coal Harbor
June 5th
Scarcely had I laid aside
my pencil after writing
the above few lines when order
came to “hook up,” and be
ready to move immediately.
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We got ready and pulled
out about a hundred rods
when we found the road
we were to move on crowded
with the trains of the 5th &
6th corps. and after waiting
till about nine Oclock orders
came to unhook and we
pitched our tents and slept
until daylight when the
roads being clear we pulled
out and marched to within
less than two miles of Bottom
Bridge. where we found
the 1st and 2nd Divis’ of cav.
We remained there until
yesterday morning when we
moved to this place. They
tell us we are near Coal Har
bor but in what direction
that place is from here I
have no idea. We came
a very roundabout road
to get here.
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Night before last our
train from White House came
up with one days forage
for the command and
eight. or ten for the train.
The same night another
part of the train was sent
there after rations. and which
arrived here soon after we
did. Yesterday morning
another part went out again
for forage and will probably
get here today..
We found our com
pany all well. They lost none
in any of the fights since
the one at Salem Church.
When the command
went into camp near Bottom
Bridge the batteries opened
on the rebels on the oppo
site side of the river and
for about an hour brisk
artillery fire was kept up
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Two or three shells from
the rebel’s guns fell in camp.
and one falling in the camp
of the 1st burst and killed
two horses and wounded one
man. Day before yesterday
about five Oclock P.M. can
nonading commenced
again between them and
as before some of their shells
fell near the camps.
Yesterday morning our
division of cavalry moved
off in this direction. and
I think must now be
near here as four days
rations were sent to them
last night. It commenced
raining soon after we got
here and rained slightly
all night: and this morning.
We received a mail night before
last and expect another to
day. Got two letters from Home
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June 6th 1864
We still remain in the
same place in which we
halted on Saturday. but begin
to look for a move tomorrow
or in a few days. at farthest.
Orders for a new supply of
rations and forage have been
received. which articles are
to be sent to the command
immediately. It is rumored
that the cavalry is going into
the Shenandoah Valley to
Join Gen Sigel.. Last night
about nine o’clock a terrif
ic fire of musketry and
artillery was heard to com
mence apparently but a
very short distance from
here and which continued
about an hour. We have
heard no very authentic
report of its cause today
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But some one reports that
it was the result of a trap
laid by the 2nd Corps into
which the Johnnies fell and
got fearfully cut up.
The day had been warmer
than any I have before
seen in a long time.
and as a result it threat
ens a severe thunder storm
ere long..
We received a mail
this morning and I was
fortunate enough to receive
two letters from Nell and
one from Aunt Mary..
I have felt rather
unwell today. being troubled
with a severe headache and
diarrhea. with which nearly
everyone seems to be affec
ted. and which is probably
occasionaed by the warm
weather and bad water
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June 8th 1864
For a wonder we yet
remain here and it is one of
the greatest wonders of the present
or past campaigns. that we have
not moved today. We had a
bit of fun last night in a
lot of the teamsters getting
out a fiddle and having
a dance; something that
has never been known before
wh without our moving
in less than twenty four
hours afterwards.
The corps started out yes
terday on the great raid.
The last I heard from
them they were waiting
at Newcastle Ferry on
the Parmunkey for a supply
of grain to come up. but the
train which came up from
White House went on as far
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as Old Church and not
finding the command. nor
receiving any orders came
back here. and I presume
the command did not receive
any. Yesterday was not
so hot as the day before nor
has today been much warm
er. Both have been quite com
fortable. No mail came
[up?] yesterday. and we hardly
know whether to expect any
before the cavalry returns or
not; the chances are that we
will not. although. [illegible in original?] is
about starting now to go there
and return tomorrow.
Our officers tried this morn
ing to get an order to move
nearer White House that we
might get good grazing. Fight
h
ing is kept up steadily althoug^
not very severe. Heavy cannons were
heard at intervals all last night
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White House Landing
Sunday June 12th /64
On the morning of the 9th we
received orders to move to this place
and reached here about 3. P.M. that
day. without anything worthy of
note occurring. The day was warm,
dry and dusty The next morning
(10th) when I returned from a short
ride on the river bank I received
orders to send a man to the 9th
Corps with Capt Matthews of the
17th Mich. Inf. to bring back a
horse lent him by Lieut Ballard
to ride out there; and thinking
that I should feel better to ride
out there and back than I would
if I remained in camp I conclu
ded to go myself: thinking too
that perhaps I might see the 2nd
Mich Inf.. The distance I found
to be some 18 miles and as we
went skylarking all over the
country it was sometime
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after noon before we reached Gen.
Willcox’s Hd Quarters where the
Capt was to stop. I remained
there until my horses could
eat and also got some dinner. and
then a young man of the 17th
went with me to find the 2nd.
We went clear to the outer line
of breastworks but found that the
2nd of were in the skirmisher pits
and it was dangerous to attempt
to reach them. therefore I returned
without seeing any of them..
There was no fighting going on
in any part of their lines. One or
two pieces of artillery was bellowing
every few minutes. and the sharp
shooters were firing at whatever
they might chance to see but
no reply was made to either:
There was any amount of breast
works. rifle pits and forts all
through the woods at that point
and there were many marks of
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the late fighting at that point:
In a small log shanty half
way between Gen Willcox’s Hd Qrtrs
and the outer line of works was
a crazy man. who was said to
have been there for several months..
He was destitute of any clothing
and the only covering he had was
a light quilt. I saw no citizens
there and concluded that he had
been left to the tender mercies of
the soldiers.. It was after dark
before I reached camp and had
been here but a few minutes when
orders came to move. I began to
shudder at the thoughts of a long
night’s ride. when we learned that
we
^ were to move but a short distance
so as to get within the fortifications
As there were orders given also to
have some men there to guard a
little grain and hay I concluded
to remain myself.
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Nothing of note occurred yes
terday: I remained in camp
all day writing letters and
reading. or riding around.
About 5 O’clock P.M. we had
a smart. little shower which
cooled the air considerable..
At sundown we went over
to the river and took a swim.
I swam more last night and
this morning than I have before
since leaving home to go into
the store nearly two years ago..
Troops are going and coming
constantly. filled with troops
whose term of service has expired
and who are going home. or with
troops coming in to fill their
places. We have received a mail
each day since coming here. The
9th I received two letters and
today one.

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White House June 13
Nothing new of much im
portance has occurred since
this time yesterday. We yet
remain here with no signs
of moving soon. Lieut Clark still
continues to receive forage at
the landing and issue it to
the whole army. Capt [Blood?]
is removing his stores. as is
also Capt Strang. Capt Smith
showed no signs of moving at
dark last night. still every one
thinks we will soon change
our base of supplies. and that
Harrison’s Landing will be the new
base. Some have spoken of
City Point as the new one;
but this seems improbable.
Last night a part of the 18th
A.C. camped near here having
ed
coming in the front. and march^
off again this morning.
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I also heard that a part
of the 9th Corps. including the 2nd
Brig. 3d Div. consisting of the 2nd 8th
20th and 1st Mich Sharpshooters
had been transferred from to
Gen. Butlers department..
Yesterday afternoon in company
with two or three others I went down
to the landing for the purpose
of seeing more than I had before
seen. The most principal
interesting thing that I saw
was the gunboat lying near
the old bridge. She is a boat
about one hundred and fifty feet
long and some forty in width..
She is built in a regular
passenger boat style. with only
the deck on the top of the cabin.
The guns, six in number, four
heavy Rodman guns. and two
small brass howitzers are placed
on the main deck at the stern
and bow of the boat.
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Everything looked neat
and tidy about the decks
and the windows and
doors of the cabins and
rooms being open gave us
a glimpse of as comfortable
quarters as any could ask
for.
On returning to camp I found
that J. W Harrison from the Invalid
Corps had been to our camp and
had been gone but a few
minutes. As I had not seen
him since we left Washing
ton. I made him a call
last night and had a very
good visit. He certainly looks
as able to endure the hardships
of a life in the field as the
majority of those now doing
duty at the front and in
fact such is the case with
the majority of the thousands
we see at this place
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Everything looked neat
and tidy about the decks
and the windows and
doors of the cabins and
rooms being open gave us
a glimpse of as comfortable
quarters as any could ask
for.
On returning to camp I found
that J. W Harrison from the Invalid
Corps had been to our camp and
had been gone but a few
minutes. As I had not seen
him since we left Washing
ton. I made him a call
last night and had a very
good visit. He certainly looks
as able to endure the hardships
of a life in the field as the
majority of those now doing
duty at the front and in
fact such is the case with
the majority of the thousands
we see at this place
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White House. June 15th

But few signs of our moving
as yet. although we are left nearly
alone. all of the “Hundred Day”
men are gone and nearly all of
the “Invalids.” The hospitals were
all gone last night and several
batteries of the Reserve artillery
were awaiting transportation. last
night. While at the landing
yesterday afternoon I saw the
New York and another large
government transport go out
loaded to their utmost capacity
with hundred day men.
The remainder of the 18th Corps
which lay near us took the
boat for some other port.
The dismounted men of our
corps who lay near us yesterday
morning. moved off towards the
river. but whether they took a
boat or not I do not know.
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A rumor reached us last
night that our cavalry. a
day or two since. charged into
Manchester near Richmond.
but the infantry on whom they
depended for support failing
to come up they retired..
We received no mail yesterday
and it is said will not receive
any more until our new base
of supplies is established..
Yesterday was very cool
as also the night before and
last night. and this morning
was very cool but it is now
becoming very warm and
promises by noon to become
extremely hot. No news
has been received from the
front for several days. It is
said that the 3d Division of Cavalry
crossed the Chickahominy at
Bottoms Bridge day before
yesterday.
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Near White House
June 21st
Time flies and brings
changes of all kinds Each
day.. From the 15th each day
saw more and more taken
away from the landing till
nothing was left but the
trains and a few troops
left to guard them.. Almost
Every one began to look
for an attack. The guer
rillas had been rather bold
and troublesome for several
days running off cattle
and capturing their guards
firing on pickets etc. and
we began to wish for our
cavalry. Our expectations were
realized yesterday morning
when in a dense fog just
after daylight a small
body of rebel cavalry
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charged upon our pickets
and captured many of
them. and then rode almost
to our breastworks and
finding it too hot there
driving
retreated carrying off a
large number of cattle
and about fifty prisoners.
Our batteries played on
everything they could see
while the fog lasted. When
they fog cleared up it showed
us a large force of cavalry
marching along the crest
of the hill and back
of the woods towards our
left: Our batteries soon
stopped this as in a short
time only a few in small
squads could be seen. One
of our gun boats opened
about half past six and
getting a splendid range
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on the hill some made
it too hot for any thing
to remain there. At seven
Oclock the rebels brought
up a battery of artillery
and opened from this
hill and came near creat
ing a picket panic among
our train which was the
only one that had not
pulled out of [park?]. The
first half dozen shells
they threw were directed
toward the train but find
ing that our batteries
were paying their regards
in such a manner that
they deserved some reply
they ceased firing at the
train. and pitched in
to the train batteries
It was two Oclock before
I came across the river
at the rear of the train
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and during all this time
the firing of artillery had
been kept up very steadily.
It ceased soon after however.
Our cavalry commenced to
arrive but halted and camped
on this side of the river
The 2nd division came
up as fare as here while
the first staid back a
mile or more. The 2nd
division crossed the river
dismounted before day
light this morning and
ours soon after mounted.
Artillery. has been heard
for more than an hour
but seemingly at a great
distance off. A few reports
from one of our gunboats
below here were heard
half an hour or more ago
but she has been silent
since

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Everyone was astonished
at the accuracy with which
the gunners on the boats
directed their shots. Not
one of them but seemed
to hit the spot and the
right one every time..
It seems that our cavalry
had two days very hard
fighting on their last
raid at Louisa C. H. and
Pavilion Station. Our brigade
was at one time surrounded
and it was with the greatest
only by severe fighting that
they escaped capture As it
was they lost all their
pack train, Gen Custers
headquarters wagon all the caisson
belonging to Batt. M. which
also lost a larg number
of men and horses.. besides
a very heavy loss of killed
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wounded and prisoners in
the brigade. The first regt
lost heavily in officers.
having five killed and as
many more wounded The
5th was badly cut to pieces
again. The loss of the [6th?]
I have not learned. Our regt
it is said lost 79 men.
Lieut Hamlin lost the sight
of his left eye while the other
was badly injured. Major
Bowers was wounded in
the left arm. These are
all the casualities I have
learned among the officers.
In our company Adams
& Matchett were killed and
Springer taken prisoner.
Several others in the regt
have been mentioned
but I do not remember
their names
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Our regiment received
a new stand of regimen
tal colors brough last
night: which were brought
from Michigan since
the opening of this cam
paign. They are not
quite so handsome as
the ones lost at Gettysburg
in July last. They are
carried by Sergt Shotwell.
Sergt Meshaw of the 1st
Gen Custer’s Color bearer
was killed in the last
action. while the and the
color bearer of the 1st was
shot among through the
lungs. A Sergt of the 1st
now takes the place of Me
shaw. Among those taken
prisoner in the 1st were Sergts
Allen Vincent & Babcock of Co
M. and Morrell saddler
and among the wounded [Art? Alf?] Cooke
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Capt Greene. Custers
Adjt Gen was taken prison
er also Chaplain Hudson
of the 1st Mich and Lieut
Bayles brigade provost Mar
shall was wounded. Among
the wounded officers were
Lieut Bullock of the 1st form
erly acting C.S. for the brig
ade Lieut who lost a finger
Lieut Emerson of the 1st woun
ded in heel. Capt Duggin 1st
a mere scratch in the arm
and others whose names
I have heard but whom
I did not know. Capt Sprool
7th had a horse killed and
several men in the ranks
had horses killed. By the capture
pack
of the [illegible in original] train Major Walker
lost three horses and all
his clothes and papers and many
others fared equally with
him.
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June 27th 1864
The past week has been a busy
one with us. and we have been
in as great danger as ever before.
On last Wednesday afternoon
we received orders to cross the
river which we accomplished at
about 3 P.M. At midnight
we received orders to be ready to
move in an hour. and by pulling
a few rods at a time we reached
the road at day light and finally
got started in good order..
We reached New Kent C.H.
about ten A.M. and turning
to the right took a new road
About noon we halted in
the road in a dense pine
woods and fed the teams and
got our breakfast. there started
on again and crossed the
Chickahominy at a point
below Jones bridge and
halted for the night
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in a meadow near the river.
We found that our advance
was but a short distance
out and we could hear the
skirmishing very plainly
and which seemed very heavy
at times. A few shells were
thrown towards night but none
of them came near the train.
The next morning at 3 Oclock
we started out again. and arrived
at Charles City C.H. about 9 Ock
Here our advance encountered
a small force of rebels who
on discovering us broke for
the woods and formed a skir
mish line and waited for
us to make an attack..
The 9th N. York regt was
their
got up to our support as soon
as possible and the train
parked near the court house
in a large field. Our brigade
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soon after we pulled out
again and moved to Wilcox’s
wharf where it was thought
we would be ferried over.
At about dark the 2nd
Div. of cavalry came in having
been whipped and forced
back and soon after we
hooked up and pulled out.
We took the back track and
went as far as Charles
City C.H. and then crossing
the stream turned to the
right and struck a landing
at daylight about two miles
below Wilcox. and which I
did not learn the name of
Transports were soon there
and the train commenced
loading as soon as possible.
First [illegible in original] HdQrts
wagons, then the hospital
train and Sanitary com
mission. then Capt Helman’s
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Our brigade was the last
of our division. and we did
not commence loading until
yesterday morning about seven
o’clock and it was nearly night
before the last boat load came
over. The 2nd Division train
is crossing today and will
probably be all day and per
haps nearly all day tomorrow
in doing so.
The weather has steadily and
gradually grown warmer and
warmer each day until the heat
is almost insupportable.
Heavy showers passed to the
south and east of us last night
which cooled the air some
but it is warm as ever again
this morning..
The country along the road
from White House to the
James river is changeable.
some of it as beautiful

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as any we could wish to
see and other parts such
as no Northern farmer would
settle on. We found plenty
of raspberries. and dewberries
along the road and some
few cherries. The village at
New Kent C.H. I did not see
as we halted under a hill
just before reaching the town
and feeling more like resting
than riding more than com
pelled to I did not go to the
top of the hill. Charles City
had all been burned except
the Court House and jail.
the Court house and offices
were built of brick but were
completely gutted of everything.
The jail was a strong wooden
building with a strong and
high brick wall surmounted
with a railing of iron pickets
on one side forming a small
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yard. Some mischievous
Yankee thinking it had
stood long enough set
fire to it and ere we left
there was nothing but the
brick wall left standing
the rest was a pile of smo
king cinders and ashes.
We are expecting to receive
forage. clothing and quarter
master’s stores at the landing
today. Lieut Ballard and
[illegible in original] went over the river about
One O’ck last night to issue
grain to the command at
the landing on the other
side. We have had no grain
in the train for three days.
My horse has not tasted
grain since Saturday morn
ing. The meadows here. how
ever are covered with grass
and corn and the horses
find good grazing.
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June 29th 1864
We have remained in this
spot ever since Sunday night
and everything has been busy.
The cavalry commenced crossing
yesterday morning and kept it
up until late last night..
Our brigade was the first to
cross and our regt crossed about
noon.
Near City Point June 30th /64
Just as I finished the above
few lines we received orders to
move. and were on the road all
night arriving at this point at
about 10 Oclock this morning.
I had been at the regt all day
yesterday helping Loomis
make out muster rolls. and
had just finished the last
when we heard “Boots &
Saddles” at brigade Head Quarters
and when I left the regts were
all saddled and bridled and
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ready to start and I presume did
leave soon after. Our march last
night was slow and tedious and
we did not get more than five miles
before daylight: but after that we
marched very steadily
We have been on historical ground
since crossing the river at Wind
Mill Point: About a mile and a
half below us was Fort Powhattan
built on the point where Capt Smith
was taken and condemned to
death and saved by Pocahontas.
The tree under which this took
place is still pointed out by old
citizens. I had no opportunity
of visiting the spot as we were
quite busy while lying at Wind
Mill Point. Yesterday they
drew a small supply of Cloth
ing and Quartermaster’s stores.
and forage. A quantity of forage
and quartermasters stores were
issued to the command: but no
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opportunity was given to issue
the clothing which we were obliged
to bring with us..
We can hear the cannon
ading at Petersburg which is kept
up incessantly. and quite heavy.
We hear no report of the progress
of the siege. and can form no idea
of the length of time that will
elapse before the place is taken..
We are about a mile and a
half from City Point which is
to the North and West of us.
The weather still remains warm
and dry and the dust is awful.
The afternoon of the 27th we had
two or three heavy showers which
had the effect of cooling the air
for about 12 hours. The nights
have been cool since and
last night was rather to cool
for comfort.
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Near City Point
July 21st /64

Everything quiet with us. as
yet. Train went to City Point
this morning for grain and is
now waiting to go to the com
mand with forage and rations.
Lt. Ballard went to the front
this morning to learn what dis
position to make of the clothing
now on hand.. and I presume that
soon as he returns some one will
have to go with it to the front
to issue to the command.
There are large quantities of clothing
at City Point and I expect busy
times for a few days if the com
mand remains in camp.
Reports came to our ears yester
day of the defeat of Gen. Wilsons
cavalry. which if. the truth has
been told was a most disgraceful
affair.
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The 1st Vt is represented as having
three fourths of its numbers cap
tured. The regt is reported to have
been skirmishing and all were
captured but the men who were
holding the horses. ([illegible in original]) the
2nd N.Y. (Harris Light) is also
said to have lost nearly all its
numbers in a like manner.
The supply train with the com
mand is said to have been cap
tured. also some eighteen pieces
of artillery..
Everything has been very quiet
out towards the front. the cannon
ading is scarcely heard excepting
at very long intervals. Yesterday
however the cannonading was very
rapid and incessant all day.
and all last night one or two
very heavy guns kept booming
occasionally all nigh at intervals.
Today has been very heavy hot

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and there is no prospect of any
rain very soon.
Near City Point Va
July 2nd /64
The weather still continues hot
and dry. although there is more
breeze today than before for five
or six days. The wind is almost
directly east and may possibly
bring us some rain soon.
I went with Pete. down to the
city this morning when he took
down the mail. and before we reached
there thought I should melt. the
sun shone hotter than I ever knew
it to before and the dust was so
thick as to almost stop my breath.
The roads are more like ash beds
than roads and an army wagon
and six mules raise a terrible
dust. City Point is a small
village about the size of Fairfax
although laid out in a more
beautiful form.
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I saw no very noticeable building
either for their beauty or otherwise
It is simply a very pretty little
village. built in a more modern
style than most of Virginia towns.
It is strongly fortified and could
be held by a small force against
a much larger one for a long
time. The works are much
stronger than any I have ever
seen before. There are two large
forts. the walls some ten feet
high with deep and wide ditches
around them. These are connected
by breastworks for infantry. built
by setting post deep in the ground
and then piling timbers and logs
against them on the outside. and
then these are covered by dirt
thrown against them making a
wall five or six feet high. Outside
this wall is a ditch as deep as
the wall is high. the dirt from
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which has been used to make
the embankment. and outside
the ditch is a strong palisade
of tree tops. the limbs pointing
outward and sharpened. while
the bottoms are firmly fastened
in the ground. It seems to me
that it would be almost impossi
ble for any force. no matter how
strong. to carry such works if they
were defended with any determin
ation whatever. The assaulting
party on reaching these pickets
must necessarily falter. for they
can not pass through them in
any great numbers and this
would give an excellent opportu
nity to pour in a deadly fire
of musketry and grape or
cannister. Even should any force
their way through this defence they
will have the ditch yet to cross
and wall to climb. after which
their fate is no matter for speculation
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We hear but very little firing
from the front today. and that
little seems farther away than
it did yesterday and day
before.. The boys say that at about
half past ten last night a furious
fire of musketry and artillery
was heard which lasted a
long time. I had gone to bed an
hour before and was sleeping
too soundly to hear it.
I was awake later in the night
and could hear the same
old gun that I did the night
before booming away at in
tervals. and the report of that
at intervals of about half an
hour. each is all the cannon
ading I hear today
A train loaded with five days
rations and three days forage
was sent to the command last
night. No one seemed to know
exactly where it was.
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Lieut Ballard failed to find
them yesterday morning. He went
about eleven miles and was
told there that they were about
ten miles farther. but it was
thought they would soon re-
turn as having releived Gen
Wilson they had accomplish
ed the object for which they
were sent and would in all
probability return. soon.
The mail carriers all
went along carrying three
days mail. I received
a letter last night from
Aunt Jeannette which is
the second I have received
in nearly three weeks.
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Light House Point Va
July 4th 1864
We moved yesterday P.M.
from City Point. a distance by
way of the road of some 5 miles
but not more than two by water.
The whole cavalry corps arrived
near here the night of the 2nd and
are now in camp along the
river bank above us. and it is
thought by some that they will
remain in camp several days
to allow them to recruit their
horses.
In the afternoon of the 2nd
we heard a great deal of cannon
ading. both heavy and rapid
from the direction of Petersburgh
and. occasionally a sound heavier
away to the right. in the direction
of Fort Darling. Yesterday
everything was more than usually
quiet. scarcely a canon was heard
all day. The usual fire is kept
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up as usual every night regularly.
This morning we have heard a
few distant reports but they come
very faintly to our ears.. The
morning is dark. lower and cool
and seems to threaten rain..
Gen. Wilsons command has come
in. and it is now ascertained
that he lost about 1500 [mark illegible in original] men
an immense number of horses.
twenty five wagons. and fourteen
pieces of artillery. The 1st & 2nd
divisions went out on to the
battle ground and it was
there where our train found
them. A large number of con
trabands came in with them
and a much larger number
were retaken by the rebels.
The battle ground is said
to have been near the Black
Waters. and distant nearly
thirty miles from here.
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Light House Point Va
July 5th 1864
Another clear. warm day. with
a good breeze stirring and we
find it quite comfortable here
in the woods. The “Fourth” is
over. and that very quietly. The
only appearance of its observation
among the forces here and at
City Point that I noticed was
that every vessel in the stream
displayed the National ensign
at the masthead or flagstaff
all day. something which is
not done of common days.
The river was literally covered
with flags and some of the
navy vessels displaying their signal
flags made a beautiful appear
ance. At noon a salute was
fired from the gunboats and
forts at City Point and last
evening several rockets were
sent up from the river
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The reports of artillery from
the front have ceased almost
entirely since yesterday for
now. and all is quiet No rumors
of success or defeat come in
and all are waiting anxiously
to hear what “Mr Grant” is doing
I went out to the regiment
yesterday. and while there could
see large clouds of dust moving
rising away to the Northwest
and apparently byond the
James river. It was in all probabil
ity produced by Gen. Butler’s sup
ply trains, moving in that vicini
ty.. I found Billy Graham
John Alexander. Calvin. Hunt. [stead?]
Bellinger. Stout and others. returned
to the company. having received new
horses at City Point last week..
Loomis & Graham were busy making
their monthly returns for May and
June. and as they wished me to
help them I did so for several hours
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It is understood that Major
Brewer has been promoted to
Lieut. Col. of our regiment. He is a
brave and skillful officer and will
make a good commander. but
will find it almost impossible
to give good satisfaction. to all as
the majority of the men think it
unjust to have a commander
appointed from another regiment
when we have officers of our
own who might and ought to
receive the promotion. I heard
yesterday that Gen. Wilson com
manding the 3d Div. was captured
during the late raid
Light House Point
July 6th /64
After writing the above yesterday
morning nothing occurred of note
during the day. The day was
clear and unusual very hot.
Today has been fully as clear
but not so hot. as a smart
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breeze had the effect of cooling
the air and making it very com
fortable. This morning I received
orders to go with one team to
City Point after clothing. and was
very thankful to find it so much
more comfortable than it has
before been for some time; true
the dust is bad as ever, and if
that were possible. worse. and
at times while passing other
teams or small parties of troops
I found it difficult to breathe.
While returning I met the 3d
Div 6th Corps marching down
to City Point. On inquiring of a
number of the men where they
thought they were going they told
me that it was said they were
going to Harper’s Ferry and
Maryland Highths as Gen. Lee
was reported to have sent an
other expedition towards Mary
land.
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I have heard more cannona
ding from the direction of
Petersburg than I have before
since the 2nd. The reports sound
much plainer and as though
made by heavier guns than I
have heard before..
I saw two very heavy trains
of cars going out towards the
front. I have not seen larger
trains nor neater looking cars
since leaving Michigan than
those were. The were loaded
with hay. grain and rations.
For two or three days past
we have been receiving from
the Commissary. a quantity of
pickled onions. beets and cucum
bers which are said to have
been furnished them by the
Sanitary Commission
They are very acceptable
We received one days ration
of soft bread today.
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Light House Point
Tuesday July 12th /64

Nothing of much importance
has occurred since the last pages
were written. the weather has
been hot and dry as usual
although a few showers have
passed all around us. Yester
day afternoon we felt certain
that we should get a shower
as the clouds were very thick
and the thunder very heavy.
but we got but a very light
shower sufficient to lay the
dust for a short time but
it is nearly as dry as ever
now.. and promises a very hot
day: the 7th I went to City
Point again after clothing and
received a large supply of
trousers. boots and shirts. The
day was warmer than the 6th
and dustier if possible.
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The 8th was warm as any
of the previous ones. I helped
[Brass?] in the office. and the 9th
went again to City Point with
Lieut Ballard and drew a large
quantity of Quartermaster’s stores
clothing and stationery. the
morning was cool and cloudy
and promised rain but as
usual passed off without a
sprinkle.. We found that they
had had quite a shower the
night before near City Point
as the roads were crusted
and it was middle of the
afternoon before the dust was
very bad. Our train went
to the station west of City Point
and loaded with grain.
Sunday all took a rest
the day was one of the hottest
of any we have had. Yesterday
we did nothing.

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The 1st & 2nd Div. of the 6th Corps
took transports at City Point
on Sunday for Maryland
it is supposed.. There is a
report that our forces at Peters
burg have undermined and
blown up a large fort inside
the second line of the enemy’s
works. Heavy firing is heard
almost every day.

Light House Point
Friday July 15th
Everything goes off as usual
with us. The weather is still dry
and hot as ever. No rain as yet.
Tuesday afternoon I went to City
Point. on an errand and saw three
regts of [illegible in original] cavalry returning
from a Scout to Suffolk. Among
them was the 1st D.C. Cavalry armed
with sixteen shooters.. It threatened
rain severely and a heavy shower passed
around to the right of us..
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Wednesday did nothing of any im
portance. Lieut Ballard went to City
Point and drew some haversacks. Gen.
Custer started that morning for
home on a twenty day leave of absence.
Col Alger is now in command of the
brigade. in the afternoon a small
force of rebel cavalry with one or
two pieces of artillery took up a position
on the opposite side of the river near
Harrison’s Landing and fired at some
steamers passing there.. One or two
gunboats went down and soon drove
them off. they did no great damage
to any of the boats although they
did strike them once or twice..
Yesterday passed off without
any thing occurring. of note
A report came in last night
that our forces charged the works
at Petersburg and took them
with seven hundred Prisoners.
but we do not know whether it is
true or not.
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Light House Point
Saturday July 17
This morning was much
cooler than any during the
week and there has been more
wind than usual all day.
This morning went to the land
ing and helped to get some hay
from a schooner. There has
been considerable cannonading
up the river today supposed
to be at Malvern Hill. Our gun
boats were engaged. Have heard
no results. The cannonading ceased
some two or three hours ago.
Yesterday morning William Graham
while cleaning the cylinder of his
revolver preparatory to inspection
accidentally discharged one
barrel the ball of which passed
through the second joint of
his right thumb. shattering the
bone badly. It will probably
cause the loss of his thumb
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although as yet it has not been
deemed necessary to amputate
it. No mail last night

Light House Point
July 20th 1864
Everything has been quiet
since Saturday excepting yes
terday and last night when
it seemed as though everything
had broken loose again at the
front and cannonading was
quite heavy and rapid.. Yester
day morning it commenced
raining and kept it up all
day and a good share of
last night and today the
roads are good. Received
my pay yesterday morn
ing. The regt was paid the
day before but as I was
compelled to go to Capt
Strang’s had no time to
go after the money
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[Written upside down]

43 = 5
11 = 6
28 = 1st
19 = 7th
82 = 1st
183
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150 [illegible in original]
300 prs Drawers
850 Gray, Fl Shirts


800 [illegible in original]
250 [illegible in original]
250 Boots


100 50
100 50
100 50
100 50
100 50
100 50
100
100
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Lt Emerson [illegible in original]
77 Horses
1 Dead

Edwin R. Havens
Co. A. 7th Mich Cav
1st Brig. 1st Division
Cavalry Corps.
Army of Potomac

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Edwin R. Havens
Co. A 7th Mich Cav
1st Brig 1st Division
Cav. Corps
Army of Potomac
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