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Havens Letter: April 23 1865

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Creator: Edwin R. Havens
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: April 23, 1865
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Original Format: Document
Collection Number: Havens Letter: April 23 1865
Language: English
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Havens Letter: April 23 1865, Page: 1

Havens Letter: April 23 1865
Havens Letter: April 23 1865

Head Quarters Remount Camp
Near City Point Va
April 23d /65
Dear Nell.
I received a letter from
you a few days since but having
one sealed and all ready to mail
I concluded that it was not best
to reopen. so sent it along with
an intention to write again soon
and here I am.
The past few days, since the
date of my last have jogged along
similar to others. the only excep
tion being that I have found once
or twice a little excitement and
pleasure in the anticipation of
soon rejoining my company.
anticipations. alas. too bright
to be realized and bringing
me only disappointment
Havens Letter: April 23 1865, Page: 2

Havens Letter: April 23 1865
Havens Letter: April 23 1865

Consequence was I was mad
enough to have sunk this whole
camp in the Dismal Swamp.
I went out, however, on a visit
today. found the boys in camp
half a mile beyond Petersburg and
spent two or three hours very pleasantly
among the boys and returned to
this “hole” completely disgusted
with myself and the miserable
life I am compelled to lead here.
It seemed like a visit home and
with old friends to be among them
once more. I found Will Graham
all right. tough and hearty as a buck
although he showed a few signs of
the wear and tear of the late cam
paign. Tis enough to make the
worst coward in the world ashamed
of himself to see with what satis
faction the boys of [illegible in original] tell of their
adventures during the last campaign

Havens Letter: April 23 1865, Page: 3

Havens Letter: April 23 1865
Havens Letter: April 23 1865

“I would’n’t have missed being at
present at Lees surrendered for all
the world” says every one. It was
hard work but they all are glad they
were there. Tomorrow morning they
are to start at six o’clock for where?
No one knows yet a general impression
is that they are going to North Carolina
to join Gen. Sherman. They take 5 days
rations. and 3 days forage. Some pretend
to think they are going to Washington
to guard a large wagon train that is
beleived to be going overland. The 9th
Corps is shipping on transports to
some new place. supposed to be
Washington. by some. Newbern or
Wilmington by others..
The latest news from North Carolina
is that Johnston has skedaddled. that
Stoneman had gained his rear captured
his supplies and reserve artillery..
We hear also that Moseby has
surrendered to Hancock in the “Valley”
Havens Letter: April 23 1865, Page: 4

Havens Letter: April 23 1865
Havens Letter: April 23 1865

We have been having real old fashioned
City Point weather. hot and dry. and I
found the dust in the roads at least two
inches deep. Today has been somewhat
cooler almost too cold for for comfort.
I was much interested in the appearance
of Petersburg on Sunday. Everything was
so different from the usual appearance of
a town in Va. and especially one under
martial law. When I passed through on
my way out the church bells were ringing
and the streets were filled with well dressed
ladies and gentlemen going to church. It
really looked like civilized people once
more. The yards of the dwelling houses
are well shaded and the trees bring in
full leaf. and grass well started and the
yards and streets well cleaned makes
the town really pretty. I like the
town better every time I see it. and
do not wonder at its receiving the
title of the “Cockade City”
But as usual it is late the boys
have gone to bed and I guess I’ll follow
suit. Remember me to all inquir
ing friends and also see that you
remember me
Ever Yours
E R Havens
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