Havens Letter: March 30 1864


Creator: Havens Letter: March 30 1864
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: March 30, 1864
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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 30 1864 , Page: 1

Havens Letter: March 30 1864
Havens Letter: March 30 1864

Stevensburg Va
March 30th 1864

Dear Brother Nell
Yours of March 22nd
reached me a night or two since and I will
now attempt an answer although I wrote you on
Sunday in much the same strain as yours was
written. I hope that herafter neither of us will
have any reason to find fault with the other on
that cause or any either.. Every goes on about
as usual. Monday was quite a pleasant and agree
able day. But yesterday was not quite so nice
It was cold and cloudy. and about noon commenced
raining and last night was about as disagreeable
a day as I have seen in a long time. It not only
rained out of doors but it rained inside of our
house. almost as hard and fully as disagreeably.
Today it is clearer and has not rained much
but is very cold and windy. Mountain Run
near us boiled over and has inundated the ground
for a considerable distance around and is not
fordable for teams anywhere. The infantry who
were going on picket could not cross. and did not
make the attempt excepting one or two. who
waded it breast deep. Not much fun I beleive.

Havens Letter: March 30 1864 , Page: 2

Havens Letter: March 30 1864
Havens Letter: March 30 1864

The 1st Mich Cav. arrived here last night
in the worst of the storm. and must have had a
rough time of it as they were obliged to lay out none
of them having any tents or shanties. My friend
Elliott stopped here and stayed over night with
us and I have had a splendid visit with him I
can assure you. He has told me more about Mich
than all the letters I have received this winter
He expresses himself more than satisfied with
his visit and says there is not a place in the world
equal to Buchanan. He enjoyed himself hugely
there. and speaks highly of every one whose acquaintance
he formed. It makes me almost wish I could be
at home awhile. to listen to the tales he tells of fine
times he had there. I wish, Nell, you could have
made his acquaintance for you could not help liking
him.. He laughed heartily over Cynthias wedding..
I just received a letter from Newt Sparks last night
written soon after his return to Washington. He thinks
Mich an awful dull place. but yet I guess he is’n’t
sorry he went home. I should like to be at
home to visit with John Cowles as I suppose he
is with the 6th Regt Do you remember his writing
from New Orleans two years ago that they were
coming home via Cairo and Chicago. To be sure
they have dones so. and I wish the war was
over so that they need not travel the same
course again
Havens Letter: March 30 1864 , Page: 3

Havens Letter: March 30 1864
Havens Letter: March 30 1864

Our Pay Master is expected here to night
and if he arrives we shall finger some “Greenbacks”
soon. This will be the last time we are paid before
we break up winter quarters.
There is no news of any kind afloat and
strange to say no new reports or rumors. Last Satur
day our pickets on the other side of the Rappahan
nock some four or five miles from Falmouth were
attacked by a party of Stuart’s rebel cavalry, and
after quite a skirmish were driven to their camp
with a loss of one man killed and one wounded
The boys are all well here. John Alexander
and Neal Sparks are getting broken in by de
grees, and rather sharp ones too. Neal went
on picket in one snap which was about as cool
as we have had this winter. While John went on
during the snow storm last week.. Fully as good
a first lesson as I had for field service..
It was a year yesterday since we arrived at
Fairfax C.H. from Washington
Hoping this will find all well and that
you will write again soon I close
Fraternally Yours.
Edwin R Havens
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