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Havens Letter: October 15 1865

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Creator: Edwin R. Havens
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: October 15, 1865
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Original Format: Document
Collection Number: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 2, Folder 13
Language: English
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Relation: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 2, Folder 13
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Havens Letter: October 15 1865 , Page: 1

Havens Letter: October 15 1865
Havens Letter: October 15 1865

C S
Fremont House Denver City
Sunday October 15th 65

Dear Nell
Yours of September 24th reached
me Friday afternoon and would have been
answered ere this had “circumstances beyond
my control” not conspired to prevent and
accomplished their object. and even now when
I feel as though I ought to answer I find my
self considerably troubled to find something
to write about. I begin to beleive that the
nearer one approaches to civilization the
less interest he feels in what is transpiring
about him. and events. which a year ago would
have attracted my attention and caused me
to write 5 or 10 pages about may now pass
by without even a second thought
Business, that is our business is dull we
have not done any more this week than
we did last. Our first case was opened on
Monday last by the court meeting and
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Havens Letter: October 15 1865
Havens Letter: October 15 1865

having present all the members. the prisoner
and his counsel. and its labors amounted to
a short deliberation on the request of the prisoners
counsel to adjourn until Tuesday which was
granted. Monday night it rained and some
time between 8 and Eleven o’clock, the prisoner
walked out of his cell, so far as any one knows
to the contrary heavily ironed at the wrists and
ancles. with a heavy chain connecting the shackles
and has not been heard from since. He certainly
proved a very clear case and like all other
innocent men went on his way rejoicing.
The greatest excitement now in town is the
visit of Brig. Gen. Connor who arrived here on
Thursday. Every one here thinks Gen. Connor is
everything that a General should be. and so far
as reports go I should judge they have good
reasons. He is an man. 35 or 40 years of age.
tall and well formed and looks alike a soldier
and a gentleman. A complimentary supper
was given him at the Planter’s House last
night at which all who chose to attend and
pay their respects to the General could do so. by
paying the very reasonable sum of Twenty-five dollars

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Havens Letter: October 15 1865
Havens Letter: October 15 1865

As I [illegible in original] do not feel 25 dollars interest
in the welfare of any General in the United
States service. at the present time I did not
attend. I should judge from reports. however
that they had a very lively and interesting time
sed
A brass band was in attendance and discour^
“smart music” on the balcony of the hotel while
a piece of artillery that was raked up some
where and was. I should judge from the noise
it made about as large as a Springfield
Musket paid its honors to the renowned
military here by nine surly growls.
I do not know how long the General intend
remaining here. The greatest military prodigy
I have ever known is [Brivet?] Maj. Gen Upton new
in command of the district of Colorado.
He came here covered with laurels that he
had either won or stolen on the battle fields of
Virginia. and with the honors of this new
[illegible in original] quite fresh. puffed up with his impor
tance like the frog in the fable. and still continues
to puff although signs of the final “bustin” are
already beginning to be seen and when that
time comes I advise all in smelling distance to
hold their noses.
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Havens Letter: October 15 1865
Havens Letter: October 15 1865

He makes himself obnoxious to military and
civil persons at once and already has called
down more “Scotch [Blessings?]” on his devoted
head than he can feel perfectly unconcerned in
bearing.
By a coach from the west a few days
ago I learned that Col. Potter and a part of
our regiment that men on their way to Utah
got snowed in somewhere this side of Fort
Halleck about the 10th or 11th of this month. and
would probably remain some time as the
snow was seven feet deep. It is either a mighty
big story or a mighty big storm. and before
they get out of it will find it “A tight
squeeze. as old [Dewey?] used to say..
I know there has been a terrible snow storm
on the mountains as the peaks are “white as
snow” while down here it has been more
like summer than winter until today
when it grew quite cool and is now snowing
some. or at least trying to. Last Sunday
I went to church twice but today I have
been too darned lazy or wicked I dont
know which but I guess I shall go tonigh
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Havens Letter: October 15 1865
Havens Letter: October 15 1865

As far as amusement is concerned this
town affords as little as any town I ever
knew. I find time a great deal harder to kill
now than I did up in the mountains. There
I could take my pony and gun and go
out to see antelope and waste powder and
feel some interest and companionship there
but here all I ever do is to sit in the bar
room and read smoke my meerschaum
or play chess and find time. mighty
dull at that.. A theater is to be opened
here next week but whether that will
afford much amusement or not I can
only tell after trying it
I had a letter from Cousin Helen. Friday
morning dated Sept 24th in which she gave
the usual good tidings of health. Our mail
comes very irregular. reports from both
the Overland and Smoky Hill routes say
the Indians have been troublesome along
the road lately. We are sadly in need of “Peace
Commissioners” there to treat with the Indians
for a cessation of hostilities and could we
have such men as Little Phil Sheridan and
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Havens Letter: October 15 1865
Havens Letter: October 15 1865

the General with the Golden locks G A Custer
to assist Gen Connor I think they would
soon accomplish it Colonel. Chivington. the
only man that besides Connor ever dared
to fight the Indians here and whip them
was dishonorably dismissed from the service
because he killed a large number of
Indians and captured a large number
of their horses. The authorities to whom
he was accountable call it a massacre; the [illegible in original]
people. to whom the authroities are accounta
call a darned good threshing and uphold
the gallant Colonel in it.
I guess I’ll enclose a Photograph of your
humble servant so that if the “Ingins” ever “raise”
my hair you’ll know how I looked a few
days ago.
Respects to all inquiring friends
Your Brother
Ed
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