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Havens Letter: February 7 1865

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Creator: Edwin R. Havens
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: February 7, 1865
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Original Format: Document
Collection Number: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 2, Folder 5
Language: English
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Relation: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 2, Folder 5
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Havens Letter: February 7 1865, Page: 1

Havens Letter: February 7 1865
Havens Letter: February 7 1865

Camp 7th Mich Cav.
Camp Russell Va
February 7th 1865
Dear Nell.
I received your letter on
Saturday last and was much pleased to
hear from home again. I can assure you
I confidently expected to hear from you again
by this evening but the mail has come and
no letters from any one for Ed. I begin to
feel sorry that I ever got a furlough if I
am to lose all my friends by the operation.
I have already written you twice since my
return to neither of which I have received any
answer.. there is nothing of any importance
to write now. My Lieut started for Michigan
yesterday morning and I am now alone in my
glory. Today has been one of the snowiest (if I
may use such an expression) that I ever saw.
There was not a flake of snow to be seen
24 hours ago and now we have about ten
Havens Letter: February 7 1865, Page: 2

Havens Letter: February 7 1865
Havens Letter: February 7 1865

inches and I presume will have sleighing
in a few days as the ground was frozen
quite hard. The officers of our brigade have
a grand ball at Winchester tonight. I told
you of it in my last I beleive but said
it was to be the 22nd in which I was mista
Ken. I thinK it must be a first class concern
as the tickets are only 6 dollars apiece..
Splendid evening. for such a time. I see no
reason why it should storm. I had no intention
of going..
I am somewhat surprised at Mothers
asking you such questions. Why did’n’t she ask
me the same I could have told here all
there was to tell..
Well. Old Abe. Secretary of War and
others. have returned from the peace conference
and we are now just as near it as ever.
Just about as I expected. The south will
now become united as one man again and the
next summer’s campaigns will be fiercer in
proportion to the strength of the armies

Havens Letter: February 7 1865, Page: 3

Havens Letter: February 7 1865
Havens Letter: February 7 1865

than ever before. [illegible in original] Blairs visit to
Richmond was the most opportune thing
that could have happened for Jeff and Co.
as the result of the late conference will tend
to hush the clamors of the peace men of
the south. whom. I beleive, confidently expected
that Lincoln would grant them peace and
a recognition of Independence and their
clamorings for peace had caused so great
a dissension at the south that Davis found
that he must do something to quiet these
men and Blairs visit to recommend a conference
was just what he needed and seeing his time
he accordingly took advantage of it and
accomplished his object
Every effort is being made to fit our
command for the field at a moments
notice. Horses for the dismounted men
are being brought in every day. and arms
and equipments are coming forward as rap
idly as possible. Could we only have the
men as fast as we are now getting
Havens Letter: February 7 1865, Page: 4

Havens Letter: February 7 1865
Havens Letter: February 7 1865

the other materials I should have
hopes that we should see peace
soon. For a time I did give some heed
to the peace rumors and had some
hopes that our warfare was nearly over
but now I have settled down to the belief
that I shall see all of war during my short
stay as I shall want to. but that I shall live
to see such a peace as we all desire I confidently
beleive.
How did you like the “Elephant”? Did he
ride easy or was he fractious? Hope you have
lots of fun. Do you have as good luck as
ever in taking pictures.. How are all the
folks any way. If I dont get some more
letters presently. Ill sell my pen and ink
stand and close out and refuse to receive
any more comunications
If any body should ask any questions
about me tell I’m top of the ground yet
and sicKing
Write soon, excuse haste. and
style and beleive me
Your Affectionate Brother
Ed
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