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Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: March 11, 1864
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Collection Number: Havens Letter: March 11 1864
Language: English
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Havens Letter: March 11 1864 , Page: 1

Havens Letter: March 11 1864
Havens Letter: March 11 1864

Stevensburg Va
March 11th 1864
Dear Father.
Yours of the 5th
came to hand this evening
and although it has been but
a short time since I wrote
you last. I will answer it this
evening as I have nothing else
to occupy the time.. I am glad
to know that you are well and
can say that I was never better
in my life.. You wanted to
am
Know what I was doing. I can
scarcely tell you. As to the clerk
ing part that is about “played
out” I liked the business better
than I did the man yet I stuck
to it. determined not to let my
dislike of a man ruin my chances
for obtaining a knowledge of the
Havens Letter: March 11 1864 , Page: 2

Havens Letter: March 11 1864
Havens Letter: March 11 1864

business. But after I had
worked at it about a month
the whole Quartermaster’s business
was so altered as to make it
much easier. and put it in
such a shape as to allow one
man to do the whole business
by working steadily and so I
was left out. not very much
displeased however. Now I am
playing [“gemmen”?]. I retain
command of my five men
and my duties consist in set
ting them at work at whatever
the Capt wishes them to do. J
If. I were at home I should
be ashamed to have any one see
me lay around and be as lazy
as I am here. but here everything
is changed. The one who is most
lucky. and successful in “playing
off.” and getting out of duty is
the best fellow, and I beleive
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Havens Letter: March 11 1864
Havens Letter: March 11 1864

I can hold my own with
any of them. I have strong
notions of going back to the
company in the spring, when
we break up winter quarters.
as I always feel that I am
doing my duty better there
than any where else..
I received a Chicago Tribune
of March 4th to night which I
see contains a brief account
of Kilpatrick’s expedition.
The Washington papers have
said nothing concerning it
for several days and I pre
sume I could tell you noth
ing concerning it but what
you have already heard.
The expedition has not yet
returned, but is expected every
day.. A rumor has reached us
that the troops are coming
back by water. I cant say that
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Havens Letter: March 11 1864
Havens Letter: March 11 1864

there is any foundation for
this rumor, but it seems to
me that such would be the
easiest quickest. safest and cheap
est way they could be got back.
I hear that a Sergt of our
regt who was left on picket received
a letter from the Lieut who was
acting Adjutant of the regt who
said that the loss of our regt was
the Lieut Col. a Capt. Lieut and
some forty men.. No names of the
men were given. The Capt and
Lieut. were no great loss to the
regt except their “straps” but yet
I suppose no notice will be ta
ken of men in the ranks better
than a dozen of them. I suppose
I ought not to talk so concern
ing my “superiors”. but this mili
tary life leads one to think if
it allows him no expression of
his thoughts.
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Havens Letter: March 11 1864
Havens Letter: March 11 1864

Capt Walker who was left
in camp. detailed in command
of the pickets was releived a few
days ago. and obtained a leave
of absence on which he started
yesterday morning to go to
Niles..
Gen. Grant. paid Gen Meade
a visit yesterday. returning to Wash
ington to day.. It is said that
Gen. Hooker accompanied him.. and
also President Lincoln.. It is
rumored that his appointment
to Lieut Gen. will cause several
important changes in the “Army
of the Potomac” It seems to me
that it is about time some change
should take place. here. Meade
has been in command since. July
first almost 10 months.. What’s
going to happen
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Havens Letter: March 11 1864
Havens Letter: March 11 1864

We are much interested in
watching the news of elections
north. and are much pleased
with the tone of those papers
which strongly supporting the
renomination of “Honest Old
Abe” for next President. He is
the choice of the army. and if
we have a chance to vote he will
be elected. I am glad to see
that our state Legislature is
willing to afford her soldiers
an opportunity to vote. and I
can assure you the Adminis
tration. Republican or Union party
which ever you may call it will
not lose anything by the soldier’s
votes.
John Alexander and Niel
Sparks arrived here last Tuesday
and I can assure you met with
a hearty welcome by us.

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Havens Letter: March 11 1864
Havens Letter: March 11 1864

They had been shoved
along pretty fast and were
nearly tired out but are all
right now. It is a real
treat to visit with anyone
who has so recently left a
civilized country. and more
especially right from our own
home. Some two hundred
recruits came in at the same
time. [3 g?] of whom were for
the “Snotty Seventh” as the 6th
regt used to call us at Grand
Rapids.. We scarcely ever hear
them use that term now..
The 1st Cavalry is now
in Washington. and it is re
pooled will remain there to
do Provost duty in the city
and around there.. It is
reported that they had one
killed and three or four
wounded in the fight at Elmira
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Havens Letter: March 11 1864
Havens Letter: March 11 1864

It has rained four days
this week and mud is getting
unreasonably deep. and the
small runs almost impossible
to ford. Corduroy roads are
quite welcome at the present
time We have had consider
able thunder to day and although
rather early in the season if
was none of your home made
band box stuff. but real gen
uine quality..
With fervent wishes
for the health and general
welfare of yourself and
Mother. and all the folks
I remain
Your Affectionate Son
Edwin Havens
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