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Havens Letter: May 2 1865

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Creator: Edwin R. Havens
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: May 2, 1865
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Original Format: Document
Collection Number: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 2, Folder 8
Language: English
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Relation: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 2, Folder 8
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LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 2, Folder 7, Page: 1

LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 2, Folder 7
LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 2, Folder 7

Camp Remount
Near City Point Va.
May 2nd 1865
Dear Nell.
It has been but a day
or two since I wrote you a letter.
neither have I found anything
new to communicate. but, feeling
homesick and as uneasy as a
cat in a strange garrett. I
have taken to my desk and pen
to drive “dull care away” by my
usual method..
We have had some news. since
I wrote you last and that, too of
a very pleasant character. as it seems
to promise us a speedy release from
our contract with Uncle Sam.
If the army is to be reduced
to 400,000 men. nearly every volun
teer will be mustered out soon

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Havens Letter: May 2 1865
Havens Letter: May 2 1865

as our regular troops. (white & colored
inclusive) will almost equal that
number. Those regiments who
re-enlisted under the orders of the
winter of 63 – 64 if any volunteer
troops are required. ought to. and
in all probability will be kept. while
those regiments whose term of service
has nearest expired will be mustered
out as soon as practicable. Such
are the opinions expressed by all
and I agree with them.
Large numbers of troops are
being sent away from the “Army
of the Potomac already. In addition
to the 9th A.C. the 2nd & 5th Corps
are making preparations to move
to Washington at once. The field
hospital near. City Point is cleaning
out the patients as rapidly as poss
ible. It is said that the one belong
ing to the cavalry corps has sent
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Havens Letter: May 2 1865
Havens Letter: May 2 1865

nearly all its patients away already
and I know that several other corps
are making rash preparations for
shipping their patients as soon as
possible. Today they have commenced
loading tran artillery on transports
probably to be sent to Washington on
to the arsenals of the states to which
it belongs. The river is constantly
filled with steamers. busily engaged
in transporting the troops to Washington.
It is reported. and I think it
very likely that this dismounted
cavalry command will be sent
to Giesboro Point before long..
The cavalry was expected to arrive
at Petersburg tonight or early to
morrow. and the baggage. company
desks etc. have been sent there today.
I have some hopes that I shall
be permitted to join them in a day
or two. but I never was known to
keep my word so I will not say that
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Havens Letter: May 2 1865
Havens Letter: May 2 1865

nearly all its patients away already
and I know that several other corps
are making rash preparations for
shipping their patients as soon as
possible. Today they have commenced
loading tran artillery on transports
probably to be sent to Washington on
to the arsenals of the states to which
it belongs. The river is constantly
filled with steamers. busily engaged
in transporting the troops to Washington.
It is reported. and I think it
very likely that this dismounted
cavalry command will be sent
to Giesboro Point before long..
The cavalry was expected to arrive
at Petersburg tonight or early to
morrow. and the baggage. company
desks etc. have been sent there today.
I have some hopes that I shall
be permitted to join them in a day
or two. but I never was known to
keep my word so I will not say that
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Havens Letter: May 2 1865
Havens Letter: May 2 1865

There will be little chance for
a clerkship in some one of the depart
ments of the government as there
are large numbers of clerks now in
the employ of the government who of
course are entitled to. and will
receive the preference of all applicants
and the only recourse for me will
be to patiently await for something
to turn up. Perhaps I will feel like
taking hold of plow handles again
when I get home more than I do.
now. and somebody will take pity
on me and give me more my
victuals for what I could do.
What is going on in the way of business
in Buchanan? Any new firms starting
there that will be likely to want an
errand boy. in a month or two?
If there should be any chance. that
you know of please speak a good word
for me.
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Havens Letter: May 2 1865
Havens Letter: May 2 1865

I don’t know of anything in
the way of gossip that I could
relate that would interest you.
in fact. nothing that interests me.
I beleive that I told you in my
last that I intended going to
Richmond on Sunday. Well! as
usual I did’nt go. Col. Anderson
commanding the camp here. did’nt
know that he had the authority to
grant a pass to any one to go there.
and would’nt give me one. so. I did’nt
go. There was nothing to interest me
around camp. and it was an awful
dull day to me. I assure you.
The Christian Commission have
a tent near our camp and they
hold meetings on Sundays and
every evening. but as I have never
attended them yet. Not saying
much for my my morality. is
it.

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Havens Letter: May 2 1865
Havens Letter: May 2 1865

I have not received any
letters since Saturday’s mail. and
in all probability shall not in
several days to come unless I rejoin
the regiment. as our mail carriers
have all gone to meet the command
with the mail.
The weather which was excessively
warm a few days ago. has turned
very cold within the past twenty
four hours. Saturday night. we
had a slight shower and on Sunday
night we had a heavier one and
last night it was cold enough
to freeze Greenland and to night
it’s colder yet.
Write as convenient and
beleive me to be.
Your Aff. Brother
E.R. Havens
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