Havens Letter: August 27 1865


Creator: Edwin R. Havens
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: August 27, 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 27 1865 , Page: 1

Havens Letter: August 27 1865
Havens Letter: August 27 1865

Virginia Dale C T
Sunday Eve
August 27th /65

Dear Nell.
Although I have
received no letter from you during the
week past I have concluded to write
you tonight just to “keep my hand
in” I have but little news to com
municate of importance. We have an
“Ingin” scare every few days which
always results in proving the party
to be friendly ones. Last night we
had one which resulted in the arrival
of a large party of returning Califor-
nians. a great share of them bound
to Michigan.. Thursday Major
Sproule arrived from Fort Collins
with a detachment of our regiment
that was left at Fort Leavenworth

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Havens Letter: August 27 1865
Havens Letter: August 27 1865

when he we left there. Wishing to explore
the country to the west of us he decided
to lay over until Saturday morning and
on Friday morning took a party of some
35 men. and procuring a guide from the
Stage Company started out ostensibly to
look for Indians but really to hunt
and fish and perchance find some trace
of a party of six or seven highway men
who, sometime since robbed a stage coach
in Montana of $6000. dollars in gold.
and are now beleived to be hiding some
where on the banks of the South Fork
of the Cache le Poudre. with one of their
party severely wounded. Our luck in
hunting for traces of Indians or Robbers
was fruitless. but in game and fish. not
entirely so. as I shot a sage hen. while
three or four of the party caught nearly
a hundred of the finest trout I ever
saw. The distance from here that we
reached was nearly twelve miles. through
a very picturesque and beautiful
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Havens Letter: August 27 1865
Havens Letter: August 27 1865

mountain country.. At times we rode
through gorges in the mountains where
crags of rocks rose on either side hundreds
of feet. Then again through beautifully
wooded lawns glens or over elevated plains
resembling a beautiful field surrounded
by woods. I remember one canon that
reminded me of some of streets of a once
beautiful. but non deserted city On
either hand was a wall of rocks ten
or fifteen feet in highth and nearly as
smooth and even as a piece of Masonry.
From the top of this wall the ground stretched
back with a gentle ascent. a few rods
forming a beautiful little. lawn. covered
with grass and beautiful mountain flowers.
There arose a tower of rocks almost
circular in form and growing grad
ually smaller until they seemed to
almost meet the sky. The canon
between was about five rods in width
and nearly half a mile in length
Once while returning from the
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Havens Letter: August 27 1865
Havens Letter: August 27 1865

the Cache Le Poudre. we ascended a moun
tain nearly 180 feet high and then pro
ceded along the side for a mile. way up
above the valley. where trees and shrubs
sank into insignificance. We found the
Cache Le Poudre a stream. about four rods
wide with a very strong and rapid cur
rent flowing over rocks with a sound
that can be heard for a mile. It is just
the right sort of a stream for trout. clean
cold. and rapid. and they abound in great
numbers. many of them weighing from two
to five pounds each. Along the bank I found
a large number of gooseberries. huckleberries
choke cherries. red raspberries. etc. all just
ripe and not being very well pleased with
my luck in fishing and hunting I ate
berries and managed to make quite a
meal. Trails of bears who had been feast
ing on the berries were quite plenty. but
I did not have the doubtful pleasure of
making the acquaintance of any of their lord-
ships. Yesterday they went on towards Fort
Halleck. I saw. Wm Graham who looks as
hearty as a buck.. John Alexander was left
at Fort Leavenworth. sick and I shall not
be surprised to hear that he is at home
ere long. The Major. brought orders for
me to report to Stonewall station 15 miles below
here. to take command of the detachment sta
tioned there. and I shall leave here tomorrow
morning. It is a mighty lonesome station
and I shall miss the society of the “[illegible in original]”
antelope and “[illegible in original]” but it’s all in [illegible in original]
years. so who cares for excuses. We expect
a large mail on Tuesday. and should I
get a letter from you. you may expect to
hear from me again.
Ever Yours Ed.
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