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Havens Letter: March 28 1865

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Creator: Edwin R. Havens
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: March 28, 1865
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Original Format: Document
Collection Number: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 2, Folder 6
Language: English
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Relation: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 2, Folder 6
Contributor: MSU Archives and Historical Collections
Havens Letter: March 28 1865, Page: 1

Havens Letter: March 28 1865
Havens Letter: March 28 1865

Camp Near City Point Va
March 28th 1865

Dear Nell.
Our mail arrived yes
terday and brought me nine letters
which contained ten sheets of
paper.. and [two?] Photographs.. Two
of the letters were from you. one from
a near friend. one from Cousin
Helen. one from my cousin. one from
each of several other friends. whom
you never saw and some of whom
I never saw.
Well. I was quite well satisfied
with yours of Feb 26th and only
hope that I shall soon receive
another of the same sort.. One
such a week. and I shall not
complain. but I wont agree
to answer them in the same
style
Havens Letter: March 28 1865, Page: 2

Havens Letter: March 28 1865
Havens Letter: March 28 1865

I beleive I mailed you
a good long letter on Sunday or
yesterday. and I have but
little news to write at present.
There will be some exciting news
from this part of the world ere
another month rolls around
or I shall miss my guess.
There is a great deal of stir
around this vicinity just at
present. Large numbers of horses
are being brought in daily and
are issued as fast as possible and
the men are sent to the front.
All. the men of our regt and
the 5th who had horse equipments
were mounted and started
out of here last night. “But.”
you will ask. “why did’nt you
go with them” Well I.ll tell
you. Just before reaching this
place a Lieut. of our regt was de
tailed as Commissary of the
Havens Letter: March 28 1865, Page: 3

Havens Letter: March 28 1865
Havens Letter: March 28 1865

detachmnet and he had me
detailed as his Sergt which place
I have held since and when
the order came last night he
would not hear a word to my
going. and to confess the honest
truth I was not sorry. as I
felt then. I have been in the
worst fix since I got here that
I ever saw. Diarrhoea and the piles
in their worst form were enough
to make me desire a few days
rest. and last night I had added
to these a headache which seemed
determined to split open. I have
felt some better today and shall
soon be able to do any duty re
quired again. There are still
ten men of my company here and
I am almost as much at home as
anywhere. yet my duties as [illegible in original]
Sergt are the most hurrying and
disagreeable I ever did. and I
shall go to the front at the first op
portunity
Havens Letter: March 28 1865, Page: 4

Havens Letter: March 28 1865
Havens Letter: March 28 1865

the cavalry was at Hancock’s Station
some ten miles from here at noon
today but it was expected that they
would leave there tonight or early
tomorrow morning. It is also reported
that the Army of the James was
moving across the Appomattox today
Gen Grant is about to move his head
quarters to some other point ere long.
There is a report that Sherman has
joined Grant and today some of
our boys. who were down town say they
saw several carriages. said to contain
Gens Grant. Mead. Sherman. Sheridan
and Our “Uncle Abraham.” I was
down town but failed to see them.
The pay masters paid off the mounted
men at the White House. and then came
here and paid off a part of those here.
We were paid up to the 31st of Dec. and
you bet I got a big pile.. ---- when I
went home.. but as I had a few
outstanding debts I got a few dimes
Nell I think I’ll close as
I did not intend to make a
letter but simply to return
thanks for small favors received
yesterday…
Remember a few
more such at your convenience
for Your Brother
Ed.
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