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Havens Letter: August 19 1865

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Creator: Edwin R. Havens
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: August 19, 1865
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Original Format: Document
Collection Number: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 2, Folder 11
Language: English
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Relation: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 2, Folder 11
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Havens Letter: August 19 1865
Havens Letter: August 19 1865

Virginia Dale Col T.
Saturday Aug. 19 /65

My Dear Mother.
Today. the first
mail we have received since leav
ing Julesburg. one month ago was
received bringing me. your most
truly welcome letter of July 16th
and so well pleased was I that
I can not resist the temptation
to answer immediately. The
pleasure derived from the receipt
of your letter and Nell’s of the
20th July was made much
greater by receiving one from
and
our old friend, ^ almost a brother
Irenus McGowan, the first one
I have received from him since
I was in the vicinity of Fairfax
two years ago last May.
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Havens Letter: August 19 1865
Havens Letter: August 19 1865

Although neither Nell or
you spoke concerning your
health. I hope. and feel confident
that it is usually good. Often
during this long interval that has
passed since I received Nell’s
last letter have I imagined that
perhaps ill health prevented you
from writing. I am sorry that
Nell’s health is so poor. I am
afraid he does not take proper
care of his heatlh. He. always
so robust in appearance. to grow
sickly now it seems almost im
possible. For myself. I can say
of
that with the exception ^ a slight
cold that I have had a short
time I was never in better health.
spirits and flesh. than at present..
During our journey from City
Point to. Fort. Leavenworth I
lost. ten pounds in flesh. but
now I am confident that I
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Havens Letter: August 19 1865
Havens Letter: August 19 1865

have fully regained all that and
more too.. In my letters to
Nell that I have written since
coming here I have given him
a description of our country. both
that through we passed before reaching
here. and immediately in this vicinity.
so that I have nothing very interesting
to write about.. I went down to Fort
Collins on Wednesday and returned
on Thursday. On Wednesday about
One O’clock a party of Indians
came within a half mile of this
station and drove off six head of cattle
belonging to the keeper of the station
among them three milch cows. No
one was heard hurt. they Killed
one of the cattle, being unable to drive
it away. They are a cowardly sett
of rascals and no more deserve
the reputation given them for bravery
than I deserve the fame of “Little
Phil. Sheridan”
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Havens Letter: August 19 1865
Havens Letter: August 19 1865

We have a very pleasant place here
and I am enjoying myself as
well. better in fact than I at first
thought I should. The family who
live there are young people from Illi
nois who have lived there more than
two years. The man. kind. sociable
and accommodating and his wife
one of the nicest women I ever knew.
She is young. intelligent and sociable.
one of these real homelike people.
who without being really beautiful
makes you think she is while talking
with her. It is during the past week
only that I have become much ac
quainted with Mrs Taylor. but last
evening I was strolling down towards
the house when she invited me into
the kitchin where she was at work
ironing. and I have not spent an
evening more pleasantly since I
was in Michigan. last winter. If
I could not talk it seemed so like
home to sit and see a woman work
Tis strange how. little every day
occurences that we used to view
with indifference when at home
now. stir up the warmest feelings
in our hearts and make us feel
really happy in them. I was. at
first, much prejudiced against
the women who live in this country
but there are many good and
true women. among these mountains
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Havens Letter: August 19 1865
Havens Letter: August 19 1865

I should really like to help
you eat up those strawberries
and raspberries you have canned and
drink that wine. but I must confess
the prospects that I will do so are
not very good. I have an invitation
too to visit Wisconsin next winter
and eat strawberries and cherry pie.
Do’n’t you think I had better go?
Nell. once in a while writes me
a good long letter. but oftener his
letters are very short. It seems.
as if you should lead an easier life
now. Nell is twenty-one and a sober
industrious. well-to-do farmer and
ought to get married. Can’t you
make him do it some way. If I
had remained at home you should
have been living with me and
my “Duck” now. by the way
is Rene. married. He does not
say so in his letter to me. but after
finishing. he says “A young lady
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Havens Letter: August 19 1865
Havens Letter: August 19 1865

there sends her love” and I took
as a gentle hint of this that he
had committed matrimony.
I’m going to ask him about it
when I write. I have not received
a letter from Melinda since last
May. nor from Aunt Jeannette. Cozs
Helen or Eliza for nearly two
months.. It does seem strange
that no one writes me any more.
but as one of my letters today con
tained my fortune told by the writer
which is as bright as a new dollar
I guess I can live through all
present petty disappointments
I am quite anxious to hear from
Minnesota again as Aunts Health
was very poor when she last wrote
I am as anxious to return home
as any one can be to see me. and
when October comes and I see the
old members of Co “A” marching
by us towards home. and realize
that I must remain until next
spring I shall regret my commis
sion and feel as uneasy as I used
to. to see the boys going to “Camp Meeting”
and dare not ask “Pa” “if I might
go. But every cloud has a silver
lining and the “good time” so long
delayed will surely come when
you can welcome home once more
your
Wandering Boy
Ed.
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