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Havens Letter: March 27 1864

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Creator: Edwin R. Havens
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: March 27, 1864
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Original Format: Document
Collection Number: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 1, Folder 20
Language: English
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Relation: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 1, Folder 20
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Havens Letter: March 27 1864 , Page: 1

Havens Letter: March 27 1864
Havens Letter: March 27 1864

Stevensburg Va
March 27th /64
To Our Folks.
I again after some
ten days of silence by all parties
take up my pen to try and
elicit some kind of an answer
from some one of you. What
is the matter? Are you all sick,
dead or do you think I am
either dead or no longer of any
importance, and have according
ly cut my acquaintance and
turned me loose upon the
world to stand my own chan
ces for comfort and company.
I feel almost indignant at
such long continued neglect.
At first I tried to endure it
because it was hard work for
Havens Letter: March 27 1864 , Page: 2

Havens Letter: March 27 1864
Havens Letter: March 27 1864

Father and Mother to find
the time, and felt inclined
to excuse Nell while busy
with his school but now I
can frame no excuse for all
of you while together. I presume
my letters are not so full of news
or interest as they were a year
ago. but I cant help it there is
nothing occurring here that
interests me and I can not
make it interest you. But such
is not the case with you, You can
easily find some little thing to
write that interests me. Every
little change among the neighbors
in fact anything that seems
like home is welcome to us.
Nothing has served so much
to make everything pleasant
during the winter ^as Fathers
frequent though very short
letters. Anything that will
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Havens Letter: March 27 1864
Havens Letter: March 27 1864

show that we are not for
gotten or that “They miss me
at home” is more precious than
you perhaps may imagine. and
may have a great influence
upon the morals of your son
than you would readily beleive
I have known more than
one promising boy. almost
irretreviably ruined by lack
from
of letter at home. Those who
have frequent letters from
parents and friends unquestion
ably make the best soldiers.
They having the Knowledge that
those at home are watching them
with an eye to their course here
and respecting them have
their own self respect made
stronger and find it much
easier to do right than to
do wrong. while those whose
Havens Letter: March 27 1864 , Page: 4

Havens Letter: March 27 1864
Havens Letter: March 27 1864

friends never write them. soon
begin to feel that no one cares
for them and soon lose all
respect for themselves and others
and gradually sink lower and
lower into that state from
which rescue is next to impossi
ble. So if you wish me
to continue.. trying to
please all here and all at
home I hope you will try
to write oftener than you have
done for some time past.
Hitherto I have written
when the mood came upon
me without regard to letters
from you but henceforth I
shall write only in answer
to your own letters. “A word
to the wise is sufficient”
Havens Letter: March 27 1864 , Page: 5

Havens Letter: March 27 1864
Havens Letter: March 27 1864

I have given a partial
vent to the feelings that possess
me but smother the rest from
precedence. and will now try
to write something else..
The weather has been change
able since I last wrote you. we
have had a little shine. a little
rain and a “right smart” of a
snow storm.. Last Monday
was clear but cold, and it kept
growing colder until about
noon of Tuesday. when it tried
to rain but found that “no go”
and accordingly turned into
snow, and for the next twelve
hours it snowed a “heap.” Wednes
day morning the snow was almost
knee deep. I dare say that as much
snow fell then as there did du
ring the storm of last April
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Havens Letter: March 27 1864
Havens Letter: March 27 1864

when we were at Fairfax, but
the wind blew it all away. I
never saw any wind in Mich
that would compare quite at all
with the winds here. This has
been the most quiet day we have
had in a week.. It would seem
that one gust of it would blow
away the whole “Southern Confederacy”
and I would’nt be much surprised
if one of these gust would some
day carry away its dying graons..
Deserters pass by here every
day. sometimes one at other times
from three to six at a time.
Last Sunday sixteen or seventeen
passed here. Monday eleven or twelve
and several others at times during
the week.. I have never had
any chance to converse with any
of these and can of course repeat
nothing they may have said.
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Havens Letter: March 27 1864
Havens Letter: March 27 1864

A new regiment joined our
division on Thursday. I say a new
one because it has not been on
field service for a long time and
has now entered the division for
the first time. It is an old regiment
having been with Fremont and
Pope during their operations in
Virginia. It is the 1st Connecticut
and has joined the first Brig.
It has been doing Provost duty
in Baltimore for a long time
The 1st Michigan has not yet
come to the front but is doing
duty in Washington & Alexandria
I beleive I wrote you some time
since that Col. Mann had re
signed. There is a report that
Lieut Col. Litchfield has been pro
moted to Col. and that [Cap?] Estes
a regular officer now on Gen Kilpat
rick’s Staff has been appointed
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Havens Letter: March 27 1864
Havens Letter: March 27 1864

Lt Col. Capt Walker. and Capt. Darling
of Co C. to Majors. and Lieut Briggs
to Capt of our Co. Also Sergt Pratt
of Niles to a 1st Lieut.. A part of
these promotions I can beleive are
true and all of them just. One
of our Majors resigned. another was
discharged by a board of examination
thus leaving to vacancies which
I beleive have been properly filled.
and the apointment of Lt Briggs
to our capt. gives universal satis
faction. Gen Custer on account
of the injuries received sometime
ago has received 20 days leave of absence.
This is all I have to write at the
present time. and as the drums and
bugles sounded “Tattoo” some time since
I am admonished that the time for
honest peope to be in bed approaches
So I desist. Ever Yours,
E R Havens
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