Havens Letter: June 4 1864


Creator: Edwin R. Havens
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: June 4, 1864
Format: Image/jpg
Original Format: Document
Collection Number: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 1, Folder 23
Language: English
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Relation: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 1, Folder 23
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Havens Letter: June 4 1864 , Page: 1

Havens Letter: June 4 1864
Havens Letter: June 4 1864

Near Bottom Bridge Va
June 4th 1864

To Our Folks
Your letters of
May 22nd came to hand this
evening and as I have not
written you for a long time I
have concluded to write you
a few lines this evening as I
have a chance to send you a
few lines in the morning.
I am well and pleased
beyond measure to hear from
you as it has been a long.
long time to hear since I have
received a line from you. altho
I have not been much dis
appointed divining your
reasons for not writing
We have changed our
Havens Letter: June 4 1864 , Page: 2

Havens Letter: June 4 1864
Havens Letter: June 4 1864

position very much since
I last wrote you and have
passed through much beau
tiful country and seen
much that I was much in
terested in. but have no
time now to write it down
We are now within a
mile or less of Bottom
Bridge over the Chicka
hominy river near Despatch
Station on the Richmond
and Yorktown R.R. and
about 13 miles from Rich
mond. When the Cavalry
came here last night
a force of rebels occupied
the bridge and opposite
bank of the river and
exchanged shots with
our battery and at
five oclock PM today
a few more shots were

Havens Letter: June 4 1864 , Page: 3

Havens Letter: June 4 1864
Havens Letter: June 4 1864

exchanged with them
and one or two of their
shells fell in the camp
of our Brigade. less than
half a mile from here
The sound made when
it burst sounded very
natural even to one who
like myself had not heard
it before in more than
nine months. Our cavalry
has had some of the hardest
fighting during the last
month that they have
ever known. and have
lost heavily. Our brigade
has had its full share
of work and loss. Our
regt has lost heavily and
our Company equally. so
in camparison to its size
with any other. Two men
have been Killed and.
two wounded

Havens Letter: June 4 1864 , Page: 4

Havens Letter: June 4 1864
Havens Letter: June 4 1864

One of my conrades from
Niles. Billy O’Brien was
killed while on the late
raid. in a fight at Glen
Allen Station a short
distance from Richmond
and on Friday last the
other losses occured.
One of the wounded men
lost a leg. We are now
receiving supplies from
White House station 12
miles from here. There
was heavy fighting yester
day and the day before
and some to day. which
as we have been moving.
has been I presume much
heavier than we have
any foundation for [illegible in original]
Wm Graham and Allen
Park are both all well
and extremely fortunate
in escaping unharmed
during the terrible fighting
they have been in
I will write you more
fully at my earliest oppor
tunity. At present accept
this and the heartiest
prayers for the welfare of all
from Yours Affection
ately E R Havens
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