Havens Letter: November 1 1864


Creator: Edwin R. Havens
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: November 1, 1864
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Original Format: Document
Collection Number: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 2, Folder 1
Language: English
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Relation: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 2, Folder 1
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Havens Letter: November 2 1864 , Page: 1

Havens Letter: November 2 1864
Havens Letter: November 2 1864

[Written on left side on top of page]

Nov 2nd
The mail has
come but no letter
from you. It has
been two weeks
since I got your
last and I
don’t like it


Tuesday Eve Nov 1st/64

I thought I had finished
my letter this morning. but I
find I have left out a few items
that I wished to put in so I take
a new sheet and strike out..
Lieut Loomis received a letter a
few days since from our Co. Q. M. Sergt
who was taken prisoner at Buckland
Mills in October a year ago. He
made his escape from Anderson Ga.
some time ago and had reached
Washington all safe.. He sent us in
telligence of Dan. Lingo. Billy O’Brien
and others of our company but all with
the exception of Billy’s case was of not
very recent date. Dan Lingo you will
remember was lost in the latter part
of October of last year and was undoubtedly
taken prisoner by guerrillas
Havens Letter: November 2 1864 , Page: 2

Havens Letter: November 2 1864
Havens Letter: November 2 1864

The last seen of him by ^ Cooke
he was sent to the hospital from
Belle Isle. and his fate is not very
encouraging to think of
Billy O’Brien was removed to An
derson Ga. and died in the hospital
there the early part of September.
So writes Sergt Cooke and his word
is good.. I am very sorry to hear
this for I hoped Billy would yet return
alive. I have often spoken, in my letters
and when at home on furlough of one
Edward S Lang. a Sergt in our company.
You will remember that he was taken
also at Buckland Mills. and I be
leive I wrote you some time ago
that we had received word that he
died in Belle Isle. I speak of him
as he claimed to be a brother in law
of Mr Stephen Snow of Fredonia
N.Y. a fact I always slightly
doubted as he was not always reliable
Havens Letter: November 2 1864 , Page: 3

Havens Letter: November 2 1864
Havens Letter: November 2 1864

But on looking over some papers
in the company desk a few days
ago I found a letter to the Comman
der of the company written by Stephen
Snow. asking for what information
could be given him concerning Sergt Lang
Mother will see by this that Mr
Snow is still alive. I felt almost
tempted to write to him and claim
relationship but on second thought
concluded it was better not to do it
The inspection spoken of in this
mornings sheet came off at the
appointed time and passed off
well and Col Stagg was kind enough
to pay us quite a compliment on
our good behavior. I witnessed to
day the punishment of two men. in
a manner quite common to some
portions to the army, but something
I had never before seen.
Yesterday Lieut Loomis was Officer
Havens Letter: November 2 1864 , Page: 4

Havens Letter: November 2 1864
Havens Letter: November 2 1864

of the Day and discovered two
men in camp engaged in gambling
and immediately arrested them
They had what is called a sweat board
and were playing with loaded dice
He delivered them over to the Brig. Officer
of the Day who sent them to the Provost
Marshal of the Brigade. and this morning
they were paraded through the camps
of the brigade, cooped. each one in an
empty flour barrel which had a hole
in the bottom (the top knocked entirely out)
sufficient to let it slide over the head.
(inverted) and rest on the shoulders. with
a large piece of paste board in front with
the word “Gambler” in large letters placed
on the front of the barrel. In this uniform
I preceded by four guards (mounted) one
with a bugle and followed by two more
guards they were marched through
the different camps. the bugler playing
through each camp. What further pun
ishment they will receive I can not
say. But if it was me I should’nt
want to be seen in this brigade again
No train has come from Winchester
in five days and as we only drew three
days rations and forage you can judge
of our fare. We have expected the train
since Sunday morning
Yours truly
E R Havens

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