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Havens Letter: January 26 1864

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Creator: Edwin R. Havens
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: January 26, 1864
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Original Format: Document
Collection Number: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 1, Folder 18
Language: English
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Contributing Institution: Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections
Relation: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 1, Folder 18
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Havens Letter: January 26 1864 , Page: 1

Havens Letter: January 26 1864
Havens Letter: January 26 1864

Stephensburg Va
January 26th 1864

Dear Father
Yours of the 19th is just
received, and with a thankful heart, too full
of gratitude for your thoughtful kindness. I seat
myself to answer it. The box of dainties
you have sent me will be welcome. I assure you.
But have you not been put yourself to too much
expense. to afford me a little comfort. Do not send
the Apples.. With what you have already sent
me I shall be more than well provided for.
“It is more blessed to give than to receive”
Says. the “Good Book” and may the choicest
blessings of a benevolent Providence be yours
for many years.
I wrote you on Sunday last and
but little of interest has occurred since.
Capt Wells returned Sunday Afternoon
and we are quite busy now.
Col. Mann returned to the regt. Sunday
Havens Letter: January 26 1864 , Page: 2

Havens Letter: January 26 1864
Havens Letter: January 26 1864

afternoon: but we do not expect him to stay
long. Gen Custer with his Staff started
for Mich yesterday morning to be gone thirty
days. The Gen is going to be married Feb 4th
to a lady somewhere in the eastern part of
the state. Nearly all of the Mich officers have
gone to Washington to day to attend a large
ball.. I do not Know whether Custer is to
be there but think he is
A. Lieut and five men gave themselves up
to our pickets on Sunday. They had been set
at work throwing up earth works near the river
and coming to the conclusion they had served
Jeff, long enough. quit. Two more passed our camp
today..
The weather is beautiful. It is warm and
bright as May. in Michigan.
Excuse this short and miserable
scrawl. and believe me as ever,
Your. devoted Son
E.R. Havens
P.S. The Chicago Tribune of the 15th came
to hand to night.. I am well. I hope to hear from both
of you soon.
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