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Havens Letter: No Date (2)

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Creator: Edwin R. Havens
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: March 1863
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Original Format: Document
Collection Number: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 1, Folder 8
Language: English
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Relation: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 1, Folder 8
Contributor: MSU Archives and Historical Collections
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Havens Letter: No Date (2)
Havens Letter: No Date (2)

The rebs were not driven
from their positions on Clarke
Mountain at Raccoon and Mortons
Fords any great length of time.
Our division crossed at these
points three successive morn
ings and returned again on
Saturday driving the enemy four
or five miles and in turn
being driven by them. Our regt
during these actions lost two
men to wounded and three
prisoners. our Co: none.
As I said before the
troops in returning resumed
their old positions and with
but little shifting still
retain them and are now
preparing winter quarters..
Gen Meade has his Hd Quarters
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Havens Letter: No Date (2)
Havens Letter: No Date (2)

near Brandy Station and
the different Corp are distribu
ted along a line running para
lell with the course of the river.
The 2nd Corps yesterday took
up camps near us and around
Stevensburg and all the after
noon we were prepared to move
at the word and expecting to
go back into the defences of
Washington and there take
up winter quarters: but to day
all is quiet again and our
teams have gone to Brandy
Station for forage and other
supplies.. and it is not known
when we shall leave here, or
whether we leave at all. yet the
prevailing opinion is that we
shall b placed somewhere
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Havens Letter: No Date (2)
Havens Letter: No Date (2)

between Alexandria and the
Rappahannuck to guard the
R.R. the coming winter.
The news of Braggs de
feat reached us on the first
day of our movement and as
the troops received the joyful
news they were enlivened and
cheered and encouraged to perform
deeds of valor that should place
them on a par with their
brothers of the southwest. Must
our army always be doomed
to be lead by some incompe
tint or traitorous commander?
I hope not. but rather that
some Gen may yet be found
who has the skill and knowledge
to command them and the
patriotism that does not shrink
Havens Letter: No Date (2), Page: 4

Havens Letter: No Date (2)
Havens Letter: No Date (2)

between Alexandria and the
Rappahannuck to guard the
R.R. the coming winter.
The news of Braggs de
feat reached us on the first
day of our movement and as
the troops received the joyful
news they were enlivened and
cheered and encouraged to perform
deeds of valor that should place
them on a par with their
brothers of the southwest. Must
our army always be doomed
to be lead by some incompe
tint or traitorous commander?
I hope not. but rather that
some Gen may yet be found
who has the skill and knowledge
to command them and the
patriotism that does not shrink
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