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Havens Letter: August 24 1863

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Creator: Edwin R. Havens
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: August 24, 1863
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Original Format: Document
Collection Number: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 1, Folder 13
Language: English
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Contributing Institution: Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections
Relation: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 1, Folder 13
Contributor: MSU Archives and Historical Collections
Havens Letter: August 24 1863 , Page: 1

Havens Letter: August 24 1863
Havens Letter: August 24 1863

August 24th
Good morning again Nell.
I presume you will wonder
what I’ve got to write this morning.
Not much I can assure you but
then I received yours of Aug 15 last
night containing your shadow. with
which I was much pleased and
having my yesterdays letter still
on hand I concluded I better ac
knowledge the receipt of it before send
it away.. and thus [illegible in original] another
long letter in a few days besides
too I received four other letters.
last night which together with
some I had received in the morning
made some half dozen letters I have
yet to answer.. Perhaps you would
like to know who all these letters
were from. Well one was from Cousin
Eliza a real. cousinly letter full of
Havens Letter: August 24 1863 , Page: 2

Havens Letter: August 24 1863
Havens Letter: August 24 1863

good news and good wishes.
These stranger cousins of mine are
a great institution I tell you. and
a letter from one of them is as wel
come as though I had known them
all my life. and we are becoming
pretty well acquainted now. Another
one was from W.W. Fuller. dated [illegible in original]
[illegible in original] Aug 10th and brim full of good
news. Another was from J. Jarvis and
the fourth from an intimate friend of
mine. So I sat by the fire and squin
ted my eyes out reading them. I had
forgotten to state that we were relieved
from picket a little while before night.
After I had finished my letters
Graham and I lay down and
talked over things for a while when
he fell asleep. but as I always have
to think awhile I lay awake some
time but just began to doze when
we had a “big scare”. I heard
the bugle blow and officers began
Havens Letter: August 24 1863 , Page: 3

Havens Letter: August 24 1863
Havens Letter: August 24 1863

to yell saddle up. We all
out
climbed.^ and begun to saddle as
soon as possible although I did’nt
get saddled very soon.. They formed
into line and stayed awhile.. but finally
scattered out again. The occasion of
all this was that a few rebs made a
dash upon two posts of the [4th?] of [illegible in original]
three men each and it is said cap
tured both but they received as an
earnest of our boys good will some four
their
or five volleys from ^ Spencers.. One
man of the 5th was wounded in the
right arm.. But I must tell you a
little incident that occurred here in camp
yesterday illustrating the genial temper of
our Dutchman.. He was called upon for
a certain number of men from his own
Co. (G) to go on a foraging expedition..
One of his men had a horse that was
unfit to put a saddle on much less ride
any distance. and of course didn’t propose
to go and no man would have asked
him to.
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Havens Letter: August 24 1863
Havens Letter: August 24 1863

But Dutchy ordered him
to saddle. The man was kneeling
with his back towards the [illegible in original] putting
on a spur and told him the condition
of his horse and also said he should un
saddle him. Whereupon the valiant Lieut
drew his sabre and struck him with the
edge of this a full blow and then bringing
his weapon to a [tience?] point threatened to
run him through.. The man staggered to
his feet and saddled his horse while the
rest of the company broke ranks and un
saddled. Dutchy ordered them back
but they didn’t scare worth a cent. and told
him they shouldn’t. He then told them
they were under arrest and to take off
their arms which they did making
a respectable pile of them.. The Capt. command
ing the detachment released them and they made
out charges against Dutchy and sent them to
Col.. Litchfield who will undoubtedly arrest
him since he has so great a penchant
for arrests. It will be quite apt to break
his back too. So you see by this what a
fellow we have had to rule us for the past
two months.. You know it is not my disposi
tion to “go back” on any one for slight offences
and I often find myself in a minority of one
in my good opinion of officers. and but when
a tyrant and a fool attempts to run over Co A.
a
He usu^ly finds a set of “backs up” that are not
easily smoothed down..
Hoping to hear from you with
out delay. I remain as ever
Yours
E R Havens

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