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Havens Letter: June 3 1863

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Creator: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 1, Folder 11
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: June 3, 1863
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Original Format: Document
Collection Number: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 1, Folder 11
Language: English
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Relation: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 1, Folder 11
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Havens Letter: June 3 1863 , Page: 1

Havens Letter: June 3 1863
Havens Letter: June 3 1863

Camp Near Kettle Run Va
Wednesday June 3d/63
Dear Father and Mother
It has been
a long time since I have read a
line penned by either of you
yet I am confident that I am
often the recipient of your thoughts.
I have written weekly to Nell two
or three letters. the last one of but
a few days ago. and at the present
date I have but little news to
write.. No rebels have been seen since
Saturday. although it was repor
ted that Stuart was at Warren
ton Junction City yesterday
and we began to anticipate
a little fun this morning..
But patrols sent in that
direction last night and
this morning report that
Havens Letter: June 3 1863 , Page: 2

Havens Letter: June 3 1863
Havens Letter: June 3 1863

he is not there.. It was
rumored that he had 10,000
men with him. But even if this
were so, and he should chose to
make an attack but upon any
station between Union Mills
and the Rappahannock he will
meet with a warm reception
and I strongly doubt his show
of success. We have here
four regiments of cavalry num
bering in all about 2,000 men..
and pretty strongly barricaded
and in such a position that
it would take a much larger
force to dislodge us.. At Bristow
Station two miles from here is
a regiment of infantry. at Catlett
Station four miles is a detach
ment of two companies of
infantry. some cavalry
and four pieces of artillery
Havens Letter: June 3 1863 , Page: 3

Havens Letter: June 3 1863
Havens Letter: June 3 1863

at Warrenton Junction. Genl
Buford is camped with his
brigade and one or two pieces
of artillery. and at Bealeton
Genl Stoneman has a division
of his command. At Manas
sas Junction there are two or
three companies of infantry.
and all of these except the inf
antry at Manassas and Catlett
may be concentrated at any
one point before Stuart with
his whole force can capture that
place. The troops at Manass
as Junction occupy much the
strongest position of any as they
have the protection of the strong
fortifications to defend them..
Many are apprehensive that
Stuart will make a raid in
this direction and I think
the chances quite good for the
Havens Letter: June 3 1863 , Page: 4

Havens Letter: June 3 1863
Havens Letter: June 3 1863

attempt yet I can see but
little that he can accomplish
by such an act. There is a strong
probability that he might go up
to the very gates of Washington
but it would be only to expose
his command to certain destruction
as he could never get out again
We have the forces along the rail
road to close in upon his rear
and Genl Stahels troops at Fair
fax C.H. to attack him in flanks
and drive him into a pen
from which he could not extri
cate himself without subjecting
a part of his command to destruction.
I often wish he would come
this way. we would do our best
to make his visit agreeable to
him if fighting was [illegible in original] what
he came for..
Havens Letter: June 3 1863 , Page: 5

Havens Letter: June 3 1863
Havens Letter: June 3 1863

The prisoners taken Saturday
were sent to Fairfax C.H. on
Sunday under guard of the men
of whom I had command. and
delivered to the Division Provost
Marshall and I had the satisfaction
of seeing them put in the jail about
11 Oclock that night..
The North Carolinians seemed
to bear their fate with resignation
and I thought many times that
they had rather be Union prisoners
than Secesh soldiers. Their actions
would seem to indicate that such
was the case.. But Moseby’s
men were saucy as turks and
ef expresssed the opinion quite freely
that they would soon have the
opportunity to return us the same
civilities that we were then
showing them
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Havens Letter: June 3 1863
Havens Letter: June 3 1863

One of them was a shrewd
fellow and quite well posted
in affairs on both sides showing
the true secesh disposition of
exaggerating their victories and
our defeats..
The pay master of our
brigade made us a visit yester
day and brought with him
“green backs” enough to pay
us two months wages. Thus
it seems that Uncle Sam is
bound to pay his debts more
promptly than he has heretofore
done.. In this I shall send
ten dollars and this will be
followed ere long by ten more..
I hope you will put this
money to such use as shall
seem to you most fit..
You have told me to keep all
my money, but I can not
Havens Letter: June 3 1863 , Page: 7

Havens Letter: June 3 1863
Havens Letter: June 3 1863

think it prudent in me to keep
much here. I receive 204 dollars
a year and clothing and subsistence
enough for all my necessary wants
and it seems to me that I ought
to pa lay up a little but although
I have received [14?] months pay
I have not laid up a cent yet..
I could spend all my wages
and undoubtedly should if
I kept them, and have but
little at the end of the year to
show for the money..
Sunday two of our boys
who were sick in the hospital
at Washington rejoined our com
pany. They are Fish and An
thony one of them my old bunk
mate. I staid at Fairfax C.H.
overnight and found that many
alterations had been made since
we left there.
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Havens Letter: June 3 1863
Havens Letter: June 3 1863

Newt Sparks looks very
well but is unfit for duty as he
had an excuse from our brigade
surgeon for fifteen days..
A little alteration has been made
in our medical department.. Our
Asst Surgeon Capt Sherman has
Resigned and Dr Richards of Grand
Rapids has appointed to his place.
“Old Death” our 1st Surgeon
has left the regt and it is rumored
that he will never return.. and
we hope he will not.. Dr Richards
is a fine fellow and is fast gaining
the confidence and good will of .
Since writing to Nell I have received
letters from Aunt Jeannette and
Cousins Helen and Eliza.
Cousin Eliza spoke of our visit
to them many years ago and says
she has a lock of my hair which
is as white as flax Quite a contrast

Please write soon and
beleive me your affectionate Son

Edwin R Havens
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