Havens Letter: November 25 1864


Creator: Edwin R. Havens
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: November 25, 1864
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Original Format: Document
Collection Number: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 2, Folder 2
Language: English
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Relation: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 2, Folder 2
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Havens Letter: November 25 1864 , Page: 1

Havens Letter: November 25 1864
Havens Letter: November 25 1864

November 25th/64

Having no chance to send off
my letter this morning and not
being very busy. I will scratch
off a few lines this morning. just
to make it look like my usual
sized letters. for I do not know that
I have anything special to write.
It is quite pleasant today. more so
than any preceding day since Satur
day last thus proving the old saying
that Friday is the fairest or foulest
day of the week.
Was’n’t yesterday “Thanksgiving
Day.” I beleive so. although. I had
received no notice of it. I told you
how the day was observed now
I will tell you how the night
was celebrated. All the officers
of the brigade were invited to call
Havens Letter: November 25 1864 , Page: 2

Havens Letter: November 25 1864
Havens Letter: November 25 1864

upon Col Stagg. Brig. commanded
at his Hd Qrtrs where they were sup
plied with cigars. and other fixins
not forgetting the extract of rye. compoun
ded with milk making a salubrious
liquid Known as Milk Punch. and
frequent libations of this made all
feel quite merry and some few of them
were carried to their quarters by comra^
having been placed “hors du combat”
and Whiskey acKnowledged king supreme
My lieut came stumbling into the
tent. some half hour after I had
sought my virtuous couch. and
on the
tumbling into bed exclaimed “Edwin
have you gone to bed? and being told
that “I have.” exclaimed again. Then
help me to bed. too.” “Oh!” said he “my
legs are awful drunk. but my head is
right” and so it was. He was not half
so drunk as he pretended to be but was
as sober as I was..
Havens Letter: November 25 1864 , Page: 3

Havens Letter: November 25 1864
Havens Letter: November 25 1864

The 1st Mich started this morn
ing. to Pleasant Valley with “played
out” horses to make get new ones.
and each of the others will follow
in time until the brigade is remount^
Major Deane of the 6th Mich while
out a short distance from camp.
accompanied by one man met
Capt Chapman and one man of
Mosebys gang. and made them
prisoners and on bringing them
into camp an Adjutant belong
ing to a Pa. regt. in Powell’s
division (Averill’s old command) drew
his revolver and shot both dead on
the spot. Capt Chapman was the
same officer who captured Harvey
Reynolds and his comrade and has
thus met his reward for his crimes
and a much more honorable death
than he really deserved. or would
have met. had not this taken place

Havens Letter: November 25 1864 , Page: 4

Havens Letter: November 25 1864
Havens Letter: November 25 1864

I received a letter from
Isom and Melinda the same
time I received yours and am
sorry to learn that Melinda’s
health is so poor.
Accept my thanks for
the stamps which were
a real godsend. as it is almost
impossible to obtain them
But I think I’ll quit
and call this a full letter
more or less. and with a hearty
wish that I could help you
eat “duck & cabbage” some
day. and that this will find
all well I remain
Your Aff. Brother

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