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Havens Letter: January 2 1864

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Creator: Edwin R. Havens
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: January 2, 1864
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Original Format: Document
Collection Number: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 1, Folder 18
Language: English
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Relation: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 1, Folder 18
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Havens Letter: January 2 1864, Page: 1

Havens Letter: January 2 1864
Havens Letter: January 2 1864

Stevensburg Va
January 2nd 1864

Dear Father
Yours of Dec 22nd
was received on the 29th on which
day I mailed you one written on
Sunday last. There has nothing of
any interest transpired since
then and I lack the material
for an interesting letter.
The day is clear and sunny. but
cold as Greenland.. The weather has
been changeable since Sunday. apart
of the time pleasant and a part of
the time stormy. The storms have
been rain. and quite warm ones until
the day before yesterday when we
had a very cold one and immediately
afterwards high winds but it did
not commence freezing until about
Havens Letter: January 2 1864, Page: 2

Havens Letter: January 2 1864
Havens Letter: January 2 1864

noon yesterday when it became
so cold that one could scarcely ride
with comfort half a mile. The ground
is as hard this morning as I ever saw
it in Michigan. and we can see
the snow on the mountains in
considerable quantities..
The 1st Mich Cav. started at 8 Oclock
yesterday morning for home but
did not get half a mile when they
were ordered back into camp again
They expected to start again this
morning, but as yet I have seen nothing
of them. The reason given at the time
for countermanding the order was that
transportation could not be furnished
them at the time. But it is now
reported that they cannot be spared as
Stuart is believed to be making a raid
on our railroad communications and
some infantry has been sent to head
him off. and should they go it will
weaken our force too much in front
Havens Letter: January 2 1864, Page: 3

Havens Letter: January 2 1864
Havens Letter: January 2 1864

It is also said that two Corps
are to start this morning for Harpers
Ferry to oppose the crossing of a
force of the enemy reported to be in
the vicinity of Chambersburg.. These
are rumors only, and by the time
this reaches you, you will be able of
yourself to tell whether they are true
or not. It is also reported that
Greggs Cavalry made a raid into
Orange County. via Sperrysville and
Chester Gap with important results.
New Years passed off. without any
noticeable events occurring unless I
accept a quarrel between Capt. Wells
our Brig Q.M. and myself the
result of which was that we understood
each other better after. letting him know
that I thought him about the least
part of a man I ever knew. and we are
better friends than ever this morning.
I understand from others. that
the Adjutant General of the Division
Havens Letter: January 2 1864, Page: 4

Havens Letter: January 2 1864
Havens Letter: January 2 1864

It is also said that two Corps
are to start this morning for Harpers
Ferry to oppose the crossing of a
force of the enemy reported to be in
the vicinity of Chambersburg.. These
are rumors only, and by the time
this reaches you, you will be able of
yourself to tell whether they are true
or not. It is also reported that
Greggs Cavalry made a raid into
Orange County. via Sperrysville and
Chester Gap with important results.
New Years passed off. without any
noticeable events occurring unless I
accept a quarrel between Capt. Wells
our Brig Q.M. and myself the
result of which was that we understood
each other better after. letting him know
that I thought him about the least
part of a man I ever knew. and we are
better friends than ever this morning.
I understand from others. that
the Adjutant General of the Division
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