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Havens Letter: July 25 1864

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Creator: Edwin R. Havens
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: July 25, 1864
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Original Format: Document
Collection Number: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 1, Folder 24
Language: English
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Contributing Institution: Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections
Relation: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 1, Folder 24
Contributor: MSU Archives and Historical Collections
Havens Letter: July 25 1864 , Page: 1

Havens Letter: July 25 1864
Havens Letter: July 25 1864

Light House Point Va.
July 25th 1864

My Dear Mother
Yours of the 14th
was received on Saturday last and
as they are always so welcome I
ly
always try to answer them immediate^
hoping thereby to receive them very
often. I was surprised and much
pained to learn that in writing to
Mrs O.Brien. Major Walker had left
her in such doubt as to the fate
of her son. To be sure. when last
seen by any of the regt he was alive
and that was barely all.. He was un
able to speak when first found. and
his brains were oozing from a fearful
wound in the temple. and no one
could beleive that he would live
until the next morning..
Havens Letter: July 25 1864 , Page: 2

Havens Letter: July 25 1864
Havens Letter: July 25 1864

Light House Point Va.
July 25th 1864

My Dear Mother
Yours of the 14th
was received on Saturday last and
as they are always so welcome I
ly
always try to answer them immediate^
hoping thereby to receive them very
often. I was surprised and much
pained to learn that in writing to
Mrs O.Brien. Major Walker had left
her in such doubt as to the fate
of her son. To be sure. when last
seen by any of the regt he was alive
and that was barely all.. He was un
able to speak when first found. and
his brains were oozing from a fearful
wound in the temple. and no one
could beleive that he would live
until the next morning..
Havens Letter: July 25 1864 , Page: 3

Havens Letter: July 25 1864
Havens Letter: July 25 1864

Since my last to Father there
is nothing new here. The brigade
having been paid off they went on
picket Saturday morning near the
left of our lines at Petersburg and
some fifteen miles from here.. They
will be gone six days and then I
think they will return to their old
camps at which all those unfit for
duty were left William Graham’s
wound is getting along slowly. but all
danger of amputation is now past.
The rest of us are all well as usual
and enjoying ourselves as well as we
ever have since being soldiers..
We received orders this morning
to clean up our camp and fix up
good places for our horses. and after
having worked half a day we have
as comfortable as a soldier can wish..
The boys have built a table which
is a novelty in either civil or military life
Havens Letter: July 25 1864 , Page: 4

Havens Letter: July 25 1864
Havens Letter: July 25 1864

Since my last to Father there
is nothing new here. The brigade
having been paid off they went on
picket Saturday morning near the
left of our lines at Petersburg and
some fifteen miles from here.. They
will be gone six days and then I
think they will return to their old
camps at which all those unfit for
duty were left William Graham’s
wound is getting along slowly. but all
danger of amputation is now past.
The rest of us are all well as usual
and enjoying ourselves as well as we
ever have since being soldiers..
We received orders this morning
to clean up our camp and fix up
good places for our horses. and after
having worked half a day we have
as comfortable as a soldier can wish..
The boys have built a table which
is a novelty in either civil or military life
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