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Havens Letter: May 21 1865

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Creator: Edwin R. Havens
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: May 21, 1865
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Original Format: Document
Collection Number: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 2, Folder 8
Language: English
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Contributing Institution: Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections
Relation: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 2, Folder 8
Contributor: MSU Archives and Historical Collections
Havens Letter: May 21 1865, Page: 1

Havens Letter: May 21 1865
Havens Letter: May 21 1865

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Camp Remount
Near City Point Va
Sunday 21st May /65

Dear Nell.
Yours of Sunday
last was received last night
and I will this morning try
to answer it. There is nothing of
interest to write of here. more than
there has been for the past six
months more orless. We lay here
dying off by inches. for want of
change and.excitement and were
we not tougher than bull beef
at a shilling a pound we’d have
been dead a month ago.
We have been expecting for a
week past to leave here at any
hour and have been prepared
therefor. but now it is the general
Havens Letter: May 21 1865, Page: 2

Havens Letter: May 21 1865
Havens Letter: May 21 1865

opinion that we shall remain
here until the 1st of next month
and then go to Washington getting
there in time to muster out..
Talk of mustering out and going
home much as they will. I can not
make it seem that I have finished
my soldiering and presume I shall
not be able to until I get home and
swap my “suit of blue” for some other
clothes. and am compelled to look
around me for something by which
I can earn my grub..
How does the Mexican emigration
scheme rage up your way.. Does any
one want to make their fortune by going
down there to drive a lot of “frog eating
Frenchmen” out of Mexico and there
settle down amid all the splendors
of a tropical climate. Poor fools.
Let those go that cant see with
half an eye that it would be
almost certain death to go
Havens Letter: May 21 1865, Page: 3

Havens Letter: May 21 1865
Havens Letter: May 21 1865

there at this season of the year..
For a time there was a talk of our
cavalry being sent to Texas and it really
seemed that there was a show of truth
ly
in it and at one time I would willing^
have agreed to serve the remainder of
my time for the privilege of being sent
there but that’s played out now. and
I’ve no desire to go. There are thousands
of soldiers who would be glad to go
to Mexico. six months from now. and a
great many will doubtless go there
as soon as they can get out of the
army. I don’t approve of the
present scheme of “settling” Mexico with
an armed force. If President John-
son saw fit to declare war against
Maximilian and call for volunteers.
then I might get the fever. but
doubt it some.
Well. how do you like the capture
of Jeff. & Co. Big thing. was’n’t it
especially the “crinoline”
Havens Letter: May 21 1865, Page: 4

Havens Letter: May 21 1865
Havens Letter: May 21 1865

Bravo for the Michigan boys.
they have a pretty good record
to carry home with them. for instance
the 1st Sharpshooters. raised the first U.
S. flag over the court House at Peters
burg. the 2nd Inf. raised the 2nd one
over the Custom House then the 7th Inf. crossed
in boats at Fredericksburg under a heavy fire.
the 17th I.nf. covered themselves with glory
at South Mountain. The 4th Cavalry.
captured Jeff Davis. the 5th Ca. killed
Gen. J.E.B. Stuart. the 7th received
the flag of truce from Gen. Lee. to
Gen. Grant. at Clover Hill. the 8th [illegible in original]
cavalry captured Gen Morgan. while
other regiments have performed deeds
of valor on many a hard fought field.
But the capture of Old Jeff.
is the crowning act of all. and
being the last act in the drama
of this horrible tragedy one can
a of
not help ^ feeling ^ pride that our boys
should be the honored ones
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Havens Letter: May 21 1865
Havens Letter: May 21 1865

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I had not dared to even hope
that Old Jeff would be captured
and I could hardly beleive it at first.
The 25th Army Corps. composed chiefly
of colored troops. who went into camp
near here a week or two ago are now
pulling up and making preparations
for moving and it is generally beleived
that they are going to Texas” which,
if true will let us off that job and
h
we may be home by the Fourth yet. althoug^
I am determined not to be disappointed
if we do not come before next November
I would’n’t mind helping you eat
strawberries next month. especially
when I could have some good, fresh,
sweet cream. along with them.
They have been for sale here, in
Petersburg and Richmond for nearly
two weeks. and taste. very good. too.
Havens Letter: May 21 1865, Page: 6

Havens Letter: May 21 1865
Havens Letter: May 21 1865

They hold regular markets in Rich
mond and Petersburg and one can buy
the materials for a “right smart” meal
there wth a few green backs. These
markets held once or twice a week are
a good institution in my opinion and
I wonder they have not been instituted
as generally throughout the north as
they are in the south. Every town of any
size in Penna. Md. & Va that I have ever
seen has its market house. and market
days. Strawberries sell at 25 cts a
dish at the restaurants. or 30 cts per
quart in market. The Major Cmdg our
division here. belongs to my regiment.
and has made arrangements with a
family five or six miles from here to
furnish him a lot every day. and by
being on pretty good terms with his
orderly I manage to get a quart
now and then for my own use.
free gratis for nothing. as the paddy
said

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Havens Letter: May 21 1865
Havens Letter: May 21 1865

there are some cherries in market
also. but I don’t fancy them much.
It seems that you must have
failed to procure that Photo as I
did’nt see it in the letter anywhere.
nor any where around the shanty.
so I have concluded you failed
Am I right. By the way speaking
of Photos.. have you received a letter
from me containing four or five of
soldiers. I sent you a lot some
two or three weeks ago but you have
not told me whether you had received
them or not. I’d hate to lose them..
Will. Graham and John Alexander are
here yet and the same old sixpences as
usual. I have John helping me and
find him one of the most faithful.
honest men I ever knew. Will dont
do anything. but is taking things
cool and easy.. I dont think this life
agrees with him. for it seems to make
him a little homesick..

Havens Letter: May 21 1865, Page: 8

Havens Letter: May 21 1865
Havens Letter: May 21 1865

there are some cherries in market
also. but I don’t fancy them much.
It seems that you must have
failed to procure that Photo as I
did’nt see it in the letter anywhere.
nor any where around the shanty.
so I have concluded you failed
Am I right. By the way speaking
of Photos.. have you received a letter
from me containing four or five of
soldiers. I sent you a lot some
two or three weeks ago but you have
not told me whether you had received
them or not. I’d hate to lose them..
Will. Graham and John Alexander are
here yet and the same old sixpences as
usual. I have John helping me and
find him one of the most faithful.
honest men I ever knew. Will dont
do anything. but is taking things
cool and easy.. I dont think this life
agrees with him. for it seems to make
him a little homesick..

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