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Havens Letter: August 20 1865

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Creator: Edwin R. Havens
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: August 20, 1865
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Original Format: Document
Collection Number: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 2, Folder 11
Language: English
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Contributing Institution: Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections
Relation: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 2, Folder 11
Contributor: MSU Archives and Historical Collections
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Havens Letter: August 20 1865
Havens Letter: August 20 1865

Virginia Dale C.T.
Sunday August 20th /65
Dear Nell.
Yours of July 20th arrived yesterday
and as a small favor was thankfully received: but
I am pained to think that I have a brother who
can write all he knows on a sheet of commercial
notepaper. Had you asked me to excuse your
short letter on the plea of scarcity of time. I
would have done so readily. but to think you
had written all you knew in that small [compass?]
is too disgraceful to be thought of. But if you
really told the truth I sincerely hope that pretty
Post Mistress will instill some sense and
knowledge into your empty noddle. I used
to think you did know something. but I begin
to imagine that learning the blacksmith’s trade
and becoming a cold water tippler has been too
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Havens Letter: August 20 1865
Havens Letter: August 20 1865

much for your poor brain.. However let us hope
for the best.
Times since I last wrote have been compare
atively dull. As I told you in my last I
visited Fort Collins on Wednesday and after spend
ing a very pleasant afternoon and evening returned
a part of the way by coach that night. The
next day I returned to the Dale and found that
our friends the “Ingins” had made it a visit
during my absence. levying a tax upon Mr Taylor
of six head of cattle.. Our boys turned out to “go
a piece” with them. and making themselves
quite agreeable. the “injuns” kindly relented and
sent an arrow nearly through the father of the
herd. a surly old bull. and left him for us
Our boys drove him back slaughtered him and
we have been living on “bull beef.” ever since. The
arrow was preserved and proves to be a beautiful
little shaft nearly two feet in length pointed
with steel and feathered with gray eagles feathers
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Havens Letter: August 20 1865
Havens Letter: August 20 1865

The detachment stationed at Willow Springs
fared worse on Sunday last than we did losing
two men and twelve horses. The men were treated
with their usual savage barbarity and horribly cut
to pieces. I beleive I could calmly stand by and see
one of the red devils treated in the same manner. that
they treat so many of our boys. I should prefer an
instant death by my own hand than to fall into
their clutches. Just after finishing my letter to
Mother last night our signal man gave the
alarm. by firing his gun and reported that a
suspicious looking party of 25 or 30 persons were
approaching us from the west. We turned out. had
the horses put into the corral. and awaited the coming
of said party. In half an hour they came in
sight and proved to be a party of travelers from
the vicinity of Salt Lake. We have now got
our house completed and find that the comfort
we are enabled to take. alone pays us for our
labor. to say nothing of the protection it will
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Havens Letter: August 20 1865
Havens Letter: August 20 1865

affords us if we are ever compelled to seek safety
within its sheltering walls.. We have an excellent
fireplace with an ample hearth a good bed. a table
a door with a window in it filled with real
glass. a floor and other little traps too numerous
to mention. to say nothing of the loop holes through
which we intend to send Mr “Big Injun” our
compliments. We have in fact the most pleasant
and comfortable quarters I have ever had since I
have been a soldier and I think I can spend the
winter very pleasantly here and next summer when
the rest of the boys go home I can settle down here
with my “squaw” and live “on the interest of my money”
And so Sallie Hanks is married is she
“Twas always thus from childhood’s hour
“I’ve seen my fondest hopes decay.
“I never loved a tree or flower
But ‘twas the first one to decay.”
Joy go with her. and when time assembles a num
ber of little “Cobbs” about her. may they flourish ‘till like
their mother they become fruitful “ears”
Write when you find time and give my
regards to all inquiring friends if I’ve got
any left
Your Brother
Ed
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