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Havens Letter: May 16 1863

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Creator: Edwin R. Havens
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: May 16, 1863
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Original Format: Document
Collection Number: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 1, Folder 10
Language: English
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Contributing Institution: Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections
Relation: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 1, Folder 10
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Havens Letter: May 16 1863
Havens Letter: May 16 1863

Camp of 7th Mich Cavalry
Warrenton Junction Va
May 16th /63
Dear Nell..
Yours of Sunday last
came to hand yesterday and altho
having already published my weekly
issue.. I am now about to issue
an extra.. Everything goes off about
the same, all quiet, weather nice and
warm and the nice Spring morn
ing air gives us all the greatest pleas
ure in the world.. Since going
out by way of Warrenton Baltimore,
Tues
Grenwich and other places on Wednes^
day last our company has a spell of
rest.. Thursday morning the four Cos
B.C.G. and E. went on another raid..
This time parts of E and C accom
panying Col Mann came upon six
“rebs” concealed in a dwelling house.
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Havens Letter: May 16 1863
Havens Letter: May 16 1863

about 5 miles from camp
and before they found that
any.one was there two Sergts and
3 men were sent up to search the
house and part of them dismoun
ted and marched up to the house.
One of them Sergt Isham got
upon the porch when one of the
“Rebs” opened the door and shot him
through the hip inflicting a
severe flesh wound. He immediately
returned the fire but did not hit
the “reb” although striking the
door on the level of his head
Another private of Co “E” was shot
in the left cheek the ball passing
through the back of his neck near
the spinal cord.. Another of the same
of the
Co was shot near the small ^ back
inflicting a severe if not fatal wound..
The rebels fled to the woods and
escaped.. One of the men who
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Havens Letter: May 16 1863
Havens Letter: May 16 1863

were in the house was sub
sequently killed in the woods near
the house by a Corporal of Co “E”..
He was unarmed and his sister
said had never taken up arms on
either side. But like poor Troy
he was found in bad company..
and received punishment which per
haps should have been given to
others.. He has two brothers in the
Black Horse Cavalry.. and was a strong
rebel sympathizer himself and there
is no doubt that this house was
a rendezvous for rebels. as small
parties of them are constantly
scouring the country in this
vicinity and I have every reason
to beleive often penetrate inside our
picket lines and even into our
camp.. They gov in small squads
dressed in citizen’s clothes and
keep in the woods or on back
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Havens Letter: May 16 1863
Havens Letter: May 16 1863

roads where our forces which
always keep the main roads and
“pikes” never meet them..
Three men of our own com
pany named Adams, Bellinger
and Cook went out of camp on
Wednesday afternoon to get some
thing to eat and while careless
ly strolling along about a mile
from camp six mounted rebels
dashed upon them and before
they could make any resistance
they were captured and disarmed
They were on foot and had
only their revolvers with them..
They were marched about 23 miles
from here across Lee’s Ford of the
North Fork of the Rappahannock
where they were paroled by a Capt
of the 4th Va. Black Horse Cavalry,
and reached camp again yesterday
afternoon..
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Havens Letter: May 16 1863
Havens Letter: May 16 1863

The weather is fine and
pleasant and everything looks favor
able for offensive movements..
I hope you will send me papers
containing accounts of all this fight
ing..
Last night I was agreeably sur
prised to receive a letter from Aunt
Jeannette.. She had not received a
letter that I wrote her about the
time we left Fairfax C.H. She said
that she had received a letter from
Mother a few days ago which had
induced her to write to me
Her letter as they always are
was interesting and contained
many good words of friendly
concern for my welfare..
She told me of my a cousin
Eliza Havens Uncle Nelsons
daughter who was passionately
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Havens Letter: May 16 1863
Havens Letter: May 16 1863

fond of letter writing and desired
me to open a correspondence with
some of her other relations. and
Aunt wished me to write to her
and at my earliest opportunity
I shall do so.. Uncle Nelson’s
address is Center Roads Station
Crawford County Pennsylvania..
I begin to want to hear from
home as I have heard nothing
since the 19th of April. Are you
beginning to grow weary of my
long letters? If so I wll not
write so often in the future..
We get a scare occasionally
One occurred this forenoon
which aroused not only the
pickets but the whole camp..
but which proved to be only
the releif guard on its way
to releive the pickets.
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Havens Letter: May 16 1863
Havens Letter: May 16 1863


We are having quite good
times at present.. plenty of money
new clothes and plenty to do.
Our horses are also gaining
now.. Since coming near the
railroad we have had grain and
hay regularly and the grass is
now getting up so that it affords
quite good pastureage for them
and they are gaining rapidly.
But it is now time to go on
picket again and I must
stop writing. Write soon
and remember me to all
Yours in haste
Edwin R Havens
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Havens Letter: May 16 1863
Havens Letter: May 16 1863

P..S.. I have completed
a second volume of my diary
and shall send it to you at
the earliest opportunity..
Hereafter I shall not keep
a connected one but shall
as often as I find anything
of note pen it down and send it
to you and if you consider it worthy
of preservation you may preserve it
and on my return home I will copy
it into [illegible in original].. by which I
can find everything when I want
it. There are many corrections
to be made in it which you
will please overlook as I have
been obliged to write many
times in a great hurry
E R Havens
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