Edwin R. Havens Papers
00016

Summary Information

Repository
Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator
Havens, Edwin R.
Title
Edwin R. Havens papers
ID
00016
Date [inclusive]
1838-1926
Extent
0.66 Cubic feet
Language
English

Preferred Citation note

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing,Michigan".

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Biographical Note

Edwin R. Havens was born at Stafford, New York on May 25, 1842. His family later moved to Michigan in 1851, settling in Niles Township. As a young man, Havens taught in the district schools of Berrien County. In September 1862, Havens enlisted in the Seventh Michigan Cavalry Regiment as a Sergeant.

After the war, Haven was transferred to the West where he was stationed at Virginia Dale, Colorado Territory. On December 15, 1865 the regiment was mustered out at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and Havens returned home to Michigan. In 1888, he became an employee of the State Lands Division and retired in 1929 as the chief of the department. He died in Lansing on August 25, 1931 following a lingering illness.

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Scope and Contents note

The Edwin Havens papers consist of letters and diaries written by Havens while serving in the Seventh Michigan Cavalry during the Civil War. The letters of 1862 concern the training period of the regiment at Camp Kellogg, Grand Rapids, Michigan. In February of 1863, the regiment was sent to Washington, D.C., and was later involved in campaigns at Gettysburg, Richmond, Petersburg, and the Shenandoah Valley.

Havens' letters contain details of important battles, as well as the day-to-day life of the Civil War soldier. Descriptions of such notables as Ulysses S. Grant, George Meade, George Armstrong Custer, John Mosby, and Jubal Early are especially interesting.

Civil War related materials (Box 1 Folders 3-26, Box 2 Folders 1-16, Volumes 1-8) have been transcribed, scanned and placed online at http://civilwar.archives.msu.edu/collection/7-1C-17/havens-papers/.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824
517-355-2330
archives@msu.edu

Revision Description

 Added news clipping copies. December 2013

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Conditions Governing Use note

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Custodial History

Gift of Roscoe Havens, transferred by the MSU Museum. Additional copies of originals donated by Tim Killam (2013).

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials

See also the Irenus McGowan papers (c.00160).

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • United States. Army -- Military life -- History.
  • United States. Army. Michigan Cavalry Regiment, 7th (1862-1865).

Genre(s)

  • Account books
  • Diaries
  • Letters (correspondence)

Geographic Name(s)

  • Camp Kellogg (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
  • Fort Leavenworth (Kan.)
  • Grand Rapids (Mich.)
  • Petersburg (Va.) -- History -- Siege, 1864-1865
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Regimental histories
  • Virginia Dale (Colo.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Custer, George A., (George Armstrong), 1839-1876
  • Early, Jubal Anderson, 1816-1894
  • Grant, Ulysses S., (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885
  • Kilpatrick, Judson, 1836-1881
  • Meade, George Gordon, 1815-1872
  • Mosby, John Singleton, 1833-1916

Subject(s)

  • Folk songs, American
  • Gettysburg, Battle of, Gettysburg, Pa., 1863
  • Richmond (Va.) -- History -- Siege, 1864-1865
  • Winchester, 3rd Battle of, Winchester, Va., 1864

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Collection Inventory

Papers 

Box

Correspondence 

1
Box Folder

 1838 

1 1

 1853 

1 2

 March-October 1862 

1 3

 November 1862 

1 4

 December 1862 

1 5

 January 1863 

1 6

 February 1863 

1 7

 March 1863 

1 8

 April 1863 

1 9

 May 1863 

1 10

 June 1863 

1 11

 July 1863 

1 12

 August 1863 

1 13

 September 1863 

1 14

 October 1863 

1 15

 November 1863 

1 16

 December 1863 

1 17

 January 1864 

1 18

 February 1864 

1 19

 March 1864 

1 20

 April 1864 

1 21

 May 1864 

1 22

 June 1864 

1 23

 July 1864 

1 24

 August 1864 

1 25

 September 1864 

1 26

 October 1864 

2 1

 November 1864 

2 2

 December 1864 

2 3

 January 1865 

2 4

 February 1865 

2 5

 March 1865 

2 6

 April 1865 

2 7

 May 1865 

2 8

 June 1865 

2 9

 July 1865 

2 10

 August 1865 

2 11

September 1865 

2 12

 October - December 1865 

2 13

 1866-1867 

2 14

 undated 

2 15

Envelopes 

1 27
Box Folder

Civil War Record of Edwin R. Havens undated 

2 16

Provision Return For 29th Indiana Regiment November 1861 

2 17

Song "Peter Butternut" circa 1861-1865 

2 18

Newspaper clippings 1892-1926, undated 

2 19

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Volumes 

Box
2

Volume 1: Diary October 18, 1862 - February 20, 1863 

Volume 2: Diary February 27, 1863 - May 6, 1863 

Volume 3: Diary July 7, 1863 - (August or September) 1863 

Volume 4: Diary May 7, 1864 - July 20, 1864 

Volume 5: Diary July 28, 1864 - October 31, 1864 

Volume 6: Diary January 1, 1865 - December 1865 

Volume 7: Account Book for Regiment February 1, 1864-1865 

Volume 8: Regimental Accounts and Diary June 24, 1865 - December 6, 1865 

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Electronic Resources 

Digitized Photographs and Service Related Documents undated 

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