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Havens Letter: March 29 1863

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Creator: Edwin R. Havens
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: March 29, 1863
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Original Format: Document
Collection Number: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 1, Folder 8
Language: English
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Contributing Institution: Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections
Relation: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 1, Folder 8
Contributor: MSU Archives and Historical Collections
Havens Letter: March 29 1863 , Page: 1

Havens Letter: March 29 1863
Havens Letter: March 29 1863

Fairfax C. H. Va.
March 29 1863

Dear Nell
We are in the field one mile
east of Fairfax Court House Virginia. look on
the map in the parlor find [illegible in original] and im
ed
agine yourself just one mile east from there camp^
out in the [“illegible in original”] under a little piece of of can
vas just high enough to sit under with an old
cornfield in front a strong march wind and a
fair blue sky and Sunday afternoon and you
have our situation. How and where did we
come here; I will tell you. You doubtless
[illegible in original] this have received my last giving a
detail of our first grand arousal. Well we did
nt come that time.. That was Sunday.. Wednesday
forenoon our Col held a regimental review and
I must say I was much disappointed at
the result but it was very agreeably sad and I
think Col Mann was also as he gave the regt
great praise.. We drilled Thursday morn
ning we had squadron drill and in the after
noon we fell out for Officers and Sergts drill
Havens Letter: March 29 1863 , Page: 2

Havens Letter: March 29 1863
Havens Letter: March 29 1863

We had just fallen into line but
not mounted when an orderly from the
Col brought the Major a message from Col..
which he read folded up and then told us that
we must prepare to move immediately [as?] we. together
with the 9th Battery had just received orders to
moved to Fairfax C.H. and that we would leave
as soon as possible, providing myself ourselves with two
days rations in our haversacks. We broke ranks and
prepared for our journey. Just at dark 25 rifles
with 31 rounds of cartridges for each gun was distributed
to each company together with 18 rounds for our revolvers..
We were mounted and left Camp Kellogg not far
from 7 Oclock that evening the regiment numbering
some 750 strong.. We crossed the [Long?] Bridge about
half past ten and leaving Washington behind us
entered [illegible in original] Virginia and struck out for this place.
We could not see much of the country although
the night was clear and moonlight. yet every
thing had the appearance of complete desolation
I do not remember seeing a fence until within
a short distance of Alexandria which place we reached
about midnight.. It was the same after leaving
Alexandria for here. The roads are very good after
leaving the Potomac.. much better than I expected
to see them.
Havens Letter: March 29 1863 , Page: 3

Havens Letter: March 29 1863
Havens Letter: March 29 1863

We overtook the battery a short distance
this side of Alexandria as they having left their
camp about 5 P.M. had got somewhat the start of
us.. We arrived at our present camp just at daylight
and at once proceeded to dispose ourselves comfortably..
Our tents were not brought with us: but in their stead
we brought some small shelter tents.. which are large enough
for only two and as they have no poles they are folded up and tied
in front of the saddle. These are the only shelter we are to have
this summer and unless we return to Washington we shall
not see them again. and I do not think we shall see
Washington before winter unless we are driven back or the
war is closed.. The 5th & 6th Mich. Cavalry are camped
very neary us and a Penn. and a New York regt of Cav are
also near us: besides several detachments of Inf numbering in
all some 6, or 7,000 men. Genl. Copeland has his Hd. Quarters.
at Fairax C..H.. which is said by those who have been there
to be about as large as Bakertown and the Court House
about the size of a Mich. farmers corn crib.. I have been
busy as a bee ever since we came here and only managed
to get the time to write these lines before guardmounting..
We have no facilities for getting mail here as yet but I
heard the Col.. say that he would send a special daily
messenger to Washington for it.. We had a most beautiful day
after we arrived here. but just at daybreak yesterday moring
it commenced raining. and kept it up all day.
Havens Letter: March 29 1863 , Page: 4

Havens Letter: March 29 1863
Havens Letter: March 29 1863

We overtook the battery a short distance
this side of Alexandria as they having left their
camp about 5 P.M. had got somewhat the start of
us.. We arrived at our present camp just at daylight
and at once proceeded to dispose ourselves comfortably..
Our tents were not brought with us: but in their stead
we brought some small shelter tents.. which are large enough
for only two and as they have no poles they are folded up and tied
in front of the saddle. These are the only shelter we are to have
this summer and unless we return to Washington we shall
not see them again. and I do not think we shall see
Washington before winter unless we are driven back or the
war is closed.. The 5th & 6th Mich. Cavalry are camped
very neary us and a Penn. and a New York regt of Cav are
also near us: besides several detachments of Inf numbering in
all some 6, or 7,000 men. Genl. Copeland has his Hd. Quarters.
at Fairax C..H.. which is said by those who have been there
to be about as large as Bakertown and the Court House
about the size of a Mich. farmers corn crib.. I have been
busy as a bee ever since we came here and only managed
to get the time to write these lines before guardmounting..
We have no facilities for getting mail here as yet but I
heard the Col.. say that he would send a special daily
messenger to Washington for it.. We had a most beautiful day
after we arrived here. but just at daybreak yesterday moring
it commenced raining. and kept it up all day.
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