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Havens Letter: May 13 1863

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Creator: Edwin R. Havens
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: May 13, 1863
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Original Format: Document
Collection Number: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 1, Folder 10
Language: English
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Relation: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 1, Folder 10
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Havens Letter: May 13 1863 , Page: 1

Havens Letter: May 13 1863
Havens Letter: May 13 1863

Warrenton Junction Va.
Wednesday May 13th 186[3?]
To our Folks
Having a few leisure moments I
propose to employ them by writing you my weekly
letter. It is seldom now a days that I get an
opportunity of writing and having no paper or
ink except as I can beg or borrow.. it is pretty hard
work to write I received letters from Mother
and Nell on Saturday last which were very welcome
Nell spoke of your being all unwell. I hope that
ere this reaches you I you will be all well again
He spoke of Mothers cough and having spoken
of it once or twice before it made me feel as though
it was something serious. I sincerely trust it is not and
that you will live to see me home ere another May comes A
As for my self I grow fat and lazy every day and if
there was nothing to stir up my feelings occasionally I would
soon give out.. but as it is we have little time to get sick
The weather is very warm and dry and it begins to
show its effects upon some of our men. and many of them
are lying in their tents unfit for service.. Mother inquired
concerning my sick tent mate. His name is Henry [L?]
Anthony and is still lying in the Hospital near Washing
ton. He will probably never join the company for duty
as he is [disabled?] with a severe cough. much resembling
consumption.
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Havens Letter: May 13 1863
Havens Letter: May 13 1863

Since writing you last we have moved camp twice..
Saturday morning we broke camp and moved to Bealeton Station
about 8 miles from here. We found there Gregg’s division of Stoneman’s
forces just returned from their famous raid towards Rich
mond. and having camped their the night before.. You have
already become acquainted with the results of that raid and
I need not recount them. another division of cavalry came
in soon after and all moved away for Falmouth on
Sunday. I saw them as they moved and must say
that it was the grandest sight I ever saw. We made a
small scout that afternoon to the Rappahannock which
was about four miles distant.. We moved back here on Monday
and expected to move on to Fairfax C.H. but pitched our
camp again. We had just eaten our little grub and fed
our horses when a messenger from the picket lines came into camp
riding at a full gallop and crying. “fall in! they are upon us”
and such bustling I have never before seen. But the result of
it was the whole brigade was under arms and in line mounted
and the 5th N.Y. charging down towards the point where
they were expected in less than five minutes. This may
look like a short time... and so it was. I have heard the same
said of the 5th N.Y. on the occasion of Mosbeys charge a week
ago and deemed it incredible before seeing it done. Our regt
nor any except the 5th did not move from their line. as it
was soon found to be a false alarm. I beleive that a few
bushwhackers had appeared in sight of the pickets and cap
tured a soldier belonging to the Vt cavalry who was straggling
outside the lines.
Havens Letter: May 13 1863 , Page: 3

Havens Letter: May 13 1863
Havens Letter: May 13 1863

Yesterday morning they woke us up about three O’clock
and we were ordered to saddle up and taking nothing but our
ponchos and camp blanket about and a little rations. This
looked a little as though fun was ahead and although [illegible in original]
we had nothing for ourselves or horses to eat we “lit out”
just at day break well pleased with the prospect ahead.
We reached Warrenton ten miles distant about 6 Oclock
but saw no “rebs” although I beleive that had we searched
the town we might have found some.. Warrenton is
the largest town I have seen since leaving Alexandria
and is quite beautifully situated and well laid out and
contains many fine buildings We passed through
much fine country and one or two small villages
Rebels were reported [illegible in original] been seen in
the vicinity through we passed only the day before
and some of our men chased four into the moun
tains.. We reached camp again about 6 P.M. and
are having a slight rest today.. We are ordered to have
an inspection of arms this afternoon and to be ready to
go on another raid by tonight.. It is reported that
400 of them are camped in the mountains about 4
miles from Warrenton. I hope that we may visit it
and have a slight brush with them. Our boys are
all anxious to [meet?] them and swear that our
officers are afraid to lead them on against Moseby
and I must confess that it does look a little
like it.
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Havens Letter: May 13 1863
Havens Letter: May 13 1863

We get daily papers almost every day and are
well pleased that we are again permitted to know what
is being done by the soldiers in other parts of the army. The
account of Grierson’s raid in the south is as cheering as
that of Stonemans and is its equal if not superior.. Every
thing now looks quite cheering to me and I feel almost certain
that this summer’s campaign will close the war.. The news from
the north too is cheering and every letter from home but [moves?]
us to greater interest and determination to do and win.. The
orders of Gen Burnside and others in the west concerning
home traitors are cheering to the soldiers and they feel that
the “fire in the rear” business will soon “play out..”
I have heard nothing from Rene since leaving
Fairfax C.H. and begin to feel somewhat anxious about
him.. But I must close for this time. I shall
write as often as I can find the time to do so and hope
you will do the same with regard to answers.
Give my respects to all the friends and tell every
one that I will answer all their letters as soon as
I can find the time. I have near a dozen to answer
yet. I received Nells of May 3rd Monday morning..
Spring is now in full blush. Trees in full leaf and
grass has a good start so that we [illegible in original] our horses
on it each day partly supplying the place of hay
which is pretty scarce.. I saw several planting
corn yesterday
Yours in Haste Edwin R Havens
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