Havens Letter: June 3 1865


Creator: Edwin R. Havens
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: June 3, 1865
Format: Image/jpg
Original Format: Document
Collection Number: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 2, Folder 9
Language: English
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Relation: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 2, Folder 9
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Havens Letter: June 3 1865, Page: 1

Havens Letter: June 3 1865
Havens Letter: June 3 1865

Parkersburg West Va.
Saturday June 3rd 1865

Dear Nell.
Seizing a few minutes this morning
while evading my “superiors” I will try to write you
a few lines to let you know our progress towards the
“far west” [illegible in original] commence. After penning (or penciling)
which ever you may choose to call it. my letter from the “Rest”
Tuesday morning I sauntered “down town” to see the city.
I first fortified myself with a slip of paper. which
contained the words “Pass the bearer to” and then being
minus the “needful” in the shape and color of “Greenbacks”
I determined to try my luck in “raising the wind” I was
the posessor of a couple of papers that proclaimed me
the creditor of “Uncle Samuel” to the tune of $165.00 and
concluded to call upon his agent. Bvt Brig Gen Jas A
Ekin and ascertain whether he would take up the bills
or otherwise.. I found the aforesaid Gen Ekin’s place
of business presented the aforesaid documents to
a very gentlemanly appearing clerk signed the papers
and received the amount of $165.00 in greenbacks. and

Havens Letter: June 3 1865, Page: 2

Havens Letter: June 3 1865
Havens Letter: June 3 1865

“Richard was himself again.” During my ramble. on
turning the corner of a street I passed a small stoutly
built young infantry man whose countenance looked
familiar and hastily running over the list of acquaintan^
that I have always ready in my mind I found
his name and turning back I exclaimed”Wright
Smith how are you.” and I can assure you as I
did him I was heartily glad to see him. I learned
that he had but recently escaped from a rebel prison
for eleven months
of which he had been an inmate ^ had not heard
from home in more than a month. year. I had a
short visit with him and then struck out for further
adventures. I called on my old comrade Sergt. E.D. Cooke at
the War Department. spent an hour or two with him and
then went back to the “Rest” We could not get away until
next day and that night I stayed with Cooke in a good
bed. The next morning I sauntered down town an [illegible in original]
or more made a few purchases. and filled my self with
Strawberries and ice cream. in afternoon drew rations issued to
the men and at 5 P.M. took the cars. however we did not
leave ‘till 7 P:M. during the interim took supper at the R.R.
house saw Gen W T Sherman take the cars and made myself
usually well contented. I saw Harvey L Reynolds while
there. and found him one of the most pitiable objects I ever knew
Havens Letter: June 3 1865, Page: 3

Havens Letter: June 3 1865
Havens Letter: June 3 1865

The disease affects his left side to such an extent that he is unable
to keep quiet for a single instant scarcely and gives one the idea of
an idiot. We started from Washington at 8 P.M. bound for
Parkersburg. Nineteen car loads of men and one of Officers etc.
(I came in under the “etc.”) Thursday morning we found ourselves
at Monocacy Junction. noon at Martinsburg and sunset at
Cumberland Md. Took supper in Cumberland at the
Revere House where Gen’s Kelly and Crook were captured
last winter. We moved on and at daylight next morning
found ourselves at Cheat River Station. at noon at Clarksburg
West Va. where we were detained on account of a wreck a
few miles west of there. A train loaded with a portion
of the [illegible in original] ran off the track. smashing up the loco
motiv and three cars injuring the engineer and four
soldiers. We took dinner at Clarksburg and continued
on our way reaching Parkersburg about midnight while
I was fast asleep and I keep asleep til daylight. We expect
to leave here today. have drawn rations for six days and
hope to get along pretty soon.
There is nothing farther of interest. I beleive
and promising to keep you posted in our progress I
will close remaining
Yours as Ever
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