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Havens Letter: December 1863

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Creator: Edwin R. Havens
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: December 1863
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Original Format: Document
Collection Number: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 1, Folder 17
Language: English
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Relation: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 1, Folder 17
Contributor: MSU Archives and Historical Collections
Havens Letter: December 1863, Page: 1

Havens Letter: December 1863
Havens Letter: December 1863

We have no guards around
the camp. and have had but one Dress
Parade since we came here. and this
was our first inspection..
The day has been a beautiful one
“barring” the mud. warm clear and spring
like making me as lazy as a hog.
You know how lazy I can be when
I try. A few such days and I shall
have a severe and protacted attack of the
Spring Fever in it’s most severe form.
I was much pained at the
news contained in your letter.. I
received three letters Friday containing
the same news. and one whispiring of
suspicions of foul dealing. which I sin
cerely trust and hope is not so. for
of sin
Hunter already has a greater load ^ on
his damnable black heart than I
would like to answer for.. I can not
think of her death without wishing
that I could see most severe and
summary punishment dealt out
to him and I would like to help administer it
LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 1, Folder 17, Page: 2

LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 1, Folder 17
LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 1, Folder 17

I received a letter from Rene
one day last week.. He was still
near Murfreesboro where they are buil
ding strong fortifications in anticipa
tion of a great battle there before
long.. He has at last repudiated
Genl McCllellan to whom he has
clung with astonishing tenacity
since he was at first established
as commander-in-chief of the
army. I was glad to hear it..
He seems to think we shall
have some hard work in Virginia this
Spring and summer.. Perhaps..
they will be I awful doubt our
having any hand in it.. It looks no
more like it now than it did on
Christmas last.. This is a most beau
tiful camp. but then who wants to
go to war without seeing anything.
I dont.. I dont know but when
you read this you will think me
homesick.. Not a bit of it.. I think of
home often enough, but a soldiers
life suits me better than any other
I ever led..
Havens Letter: December 1863, Page: 3

Havens Letter: December 1863
Havens Letter: December 1863

You may think this a broad
assertion. It is.. But it is really de
lightful to live three or four together
in a little tent. cook your own grubs.
or go without.. get up when the chickens
do and go to bed at 9. or sit in the
dark. not see your boots once in a
coons age. or until you forget how
they look.. Why when we get up we
thrust our feet into a hole with
around it
four inches of mud ^ and go forth
to our daily duties. It may be said
that man. born of woman and who
joineth the 7th Mich Cav. is few of days
and short of rations. he cometh forth
at revellie. is present at retreat and
also at tattoo and retireth to his
bed at taps. having waded through
mud one day and seeketh repose to
do likewise the next.. Dont you think
it fun.. But when the weather is
fine. no one can complain. Tents are
much warmer and healthier than
barracks and I think pretty strongly
of buying me one to live in after the war
is over..
Havens Letter: December 1863, Page: 4

Havens Letter: December 1863
Havens Letter: December 1863

You may think this a broad
assertion. It is.. But it is really de
lightful to live three or four together
in a little tent. cook your own grubs.
or go without.. get up when the chickens
do and go to bed at 9. or sit in the
dark. not see your boots once in a
coons age. or until you forget how
they look.. Why when we get up we
thrust our feet into a hole with
around it
four inches of mud ^ and go forth
to our daily duties. It may be said
that man. born of woman and who
joineth the 7th Mich Cav. is few of days
and short of rations. he cometh forth
at revellie. is present at retreat and
also at tattoo and retireth to his
bed at taps. having waded through
mud one day and seeketh repose to
do likewise the next.. Dont you think
it fun.. But when the weather is
fine. no one can complain. Tents are
much warmer and healthier than
barracks and I think pretty strongly
of buying me one to live in after the war
is over..
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