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Havens Letter: October 28 1865

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Creator: Edwin R. Havens
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: October 28, 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 28 1865 , Page: 1

Havens Letter: October 28 1865
Havens Letter: October 28 1865

Gen. Court Martial Rooms
Denver City CT
October 28th 1865

Dear Nell
Yours dated October 22nd &
mailed October 26th is just received and as
I want something to do. I will try to answer
immediately.
Im not in the best possible humor. at
icle
this moment in consequence of a part^ of
news I have just heard which makes
me feel like “Thunder” to use no more
indelicate or expressive mood. I’m just
mad enough this morning to tell all I know
and I guess I’ll do it. I told you in
one of my late letters of the consolidation
of our brigade and said that some of us
would go home and others would go to
Salt Lake. Among the number designated
to muster out was your humble servant.
and I thought I’d got a “soft thing”
ed
but now Im almost sorry that I express^
a desire to go out.. Had it been in the states
of America so it would have been but
there it is worse than an insult to
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Havens Letter: October 28 1865
Havens Letter: October 28 1865

ask a man to muster out. We are now obliged
to march to Leavenworth to muster out. The
men making the march on foot and such
poor corpes of officers as dont happen
to have a horse either private or government
go afoot too. No transportation will be
furnished by this confounded infernal
despicable. department. for men across the
plains. I’d like to swear a great deal harder
but it would’n’t look well on paper and
I’ll omit it but I’m afraid that if
all the curses I feel like calling down
upon the heads of this department were
to be granted they would sink to the lower
most depths of the “Infernal Regions” and
I be detailed to tend the fire and if I
did’n’t do my best to make it sufficiently
hot for their infernal carcases. then I
do’n’t want a cent.. But I dont intend
going across these plains with the com
mand if I can help it. I am going to
apply to our Judge Advocate for him
to make a request to detain me until
after they get well on their way when
I will get transportation by either
the “Overland” or Butterfields Dispatch
and meet them in Leavenworth and
muster out with them.
Havens Letter: October 28 1865 , Page: 3

Havens Letter: October 28 1865
Havens Letter: October 28 1865

home
We shall probably get out about
about the 4th of next July as it
will take us a year to go to Leavenworth
[illegible in original] two years to muster out and fif
teen days from then home so make
ready the fatted calf. and fine raimen
and prepare to receive the “Prodigal”
by the time he gets there.
As to news there is none. We had
our first snow storm Wednesday nigh
and since then the mornings have
been considerable cool. The snow is fast
disappearing and the mud where the
snow was is now sixteen feet deep
more or less as the case may be at any
rate it’s deep enough to be insteresting
and too deep for one to take much
pleasure in perambulating the streets
of Denver as a pedestrian. The Denver
Theater opened on Tuesday night and
has since been playing to full houses
notwithstanding the bad state of roads
and weather. The “stage” actress is Miss
Marion Clifton, a stout, staunch. built
craft. reminding me much of Polly
Painter in form. I attended the theater
Tuesday night when she appeared
as Pauline in the Lady of Lyons”
Edwin R. Havens, Page: 4

Edwin R. Havens
Edwin R. Havens

home
We shall probably get out about
about the 4th of next July as it
will take us a year to go to Leavenworth
[illegible in original] two years to muster out and fif
teen days from then home so make
ready the fatted calf. and fine raimen
and prepare to receive the “Prodigal”
by the time he gets there.
As to news there is none. We had
our first snow storm Wednesday nigh
and since then the mornings have
been considerable cool. The snow is fast
disappearing and the mud where the
snow was is now sixteen feet deep
more or less as the case may be at any
rate it’s deep enough to be insteresting
and too deep for one to take much
pleasure in perambulating the streets
of Denver as a pedestrian. The Denver
Theater opened on Tuesday night and
has since been playing to full houses
notwithstanding the bad state of roads
and weather. The “stage” actress is Miss
Marion Clifton, a stout, staunch. built
craft. reminding me much of Polly
Painter in form. I attended the theater
Tuesday night when she appeared
as Pauline in the Lady of Lyons”
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