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Havens Letter: December 19 1863

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Creator: Edwin R. Havens
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: December 19, 1863
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Original Format: Document
Collection Number: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 1, Folder 17
Language: English
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Contributing Institution: Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections
Relation: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 1, Folder 17
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Havens Letter: December 19 1863, Page: 1

Havens Letter: December 19 1863
Havens Letter: December 19 1863

Stevensburg Va
December 19th /63

My. Dear Mother
Your welcome
letter came to hand some days
since but everything has preven
ted me from answering before
this evening We are not so very
busy. yet I find something to
occupy nearly every moment of
my time. Reading. Riding. writing
letters and various kinds of duties
call for my attention. and then
the weather is almost too. cold
to allow me to write much candles
too are scarce and not so easy to
obtain as at home. and the even
ings are about the only time
I can find in which to write.
Havens Letter: December 19 1863, Page: 2

Havens Letter: December 19 1863
Havens Letter: December 19 1863

Do not infer from what
I have said about it’s being
so cold that we suffer or are
not comfortably situated for you
would be much mistaken.
True. were you to see us now
it
you would be difficult to persuade
you that we were really comfort
able. Our little “Hogs nest” would
not compare very favorably with
the pleasant comfortable sitting
room. soft. clean and warm bed
which would be mine at home
yet. where our boys. (as they sometimes
do) are complaining of hardships
and privations. I often tell them that
I enjoy more real comfort here than
I did at home. This may seem
to you. as it does to them a very
broad assertion. and to you a
very unjust one. I will
tell why I make it.
Havens Letter: December 19 1863, Page: 3

Havens Letter: December 19 1863
Havens Letter: December 19 1863

You know very well. that
during the last few years spent
at home I was ambitious to try
my hand at something new. and
I was almost always tormented
with a desire to leave home and
carry into effect some of my dearly
cherished plans. All this has
passed away. I have bound my
self to stay here 3 years unless
the Emergency. necessitating my presence
here be sooner disposed of. and feeling
that no honorable exertions of my
own or my friends can release me
from these obligations I am determined
to carry out all my obligations. and
therefore am contented. and let it shine
or snow. rain or blow. I try to be cheer
ful and never do repine at my lot.
True. I have the blues occasion
ally, but their attacks are becoming
less frequent and severe..
Havens Letter: December 19 1863, Page: 4

Havens Letter: December 19 1863
Havens Letter: December 19 1863

I am enjoying the best of
health. excepting, of course my class
ic complaint a cold in the head
which has become of little consequence
or concern to me. The weather is
good for the season. Cold and clear
over head but now, quite muddy
underfoot. The day. before yesterday
was a very stormy day. heavy showers
of rain and strong winds. I have never
told you I think that we are camped
near a small mill on what is called
Mountain Run. The road which
runs to Brandy Station over which
we draw our supplies runs through
the Mill Pond just above the dam
which the high water had broken
way in one or two places. and yes
terday when crossing two teams. mules
wagon. driver and all went over the
dam, but fortunately without injuring
any one, and to day we had the fun
of fishing one of the wagons out of
the creek. Not very pleasant, but
somewhat interesting
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