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Havens Letter: December 9 1865

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Creator: Edwin R. Havens
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: December 9, 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: December 9 1865 , Page: 1

Havens Letter: December 9 1865
Havens Letter: December 9 1865

Camp. 7th Mich Cav.
Fort. Leavenworth Kas
Saturday Eve. Dec. 9th 1865
Dear Brother Nell.
We arrived here on Tuesday last and I was
very much pleased to find your letter of November. 25th awaiting me.
and as a few lines from me at this time may not prove unacceptable
to you I have concluded to spend a few moments in writing you
a short note. You may imagine that I have something to do in
company with everyone else in the regiment in making preparations
to leave the fatherly protection of Uncle Samuel. under whose kind
and beneficent care we have been for the past “three years and
a few..” I once thought it was pretty hard to get a situation in
U.S.s employ. but the “getting in” was nothing compared to what
the “getting out” proves to be. When I got ready to “go in” it
took about fifteen minutes to accomplish the job. but it has taken
us since last Wednesday to get started to get ready to get out
and we are not half ready yet. We shall. in all probability
be obliged to remain here the greater part of next week.. then
four or five days to go to Jackson. stay there as much longer
and get home some time next year.. We will muster out
here. and go to Jackson or Detroit to get our final pay
ment. I find this thing has by far the longest tail of
any species of “critter” I ever saw.
Havens Letter: December 9 1865 , Page: 2

Havens Letter: December 9 1865
Havens Letter: December 9 1865

Our. journey from Fort Kearney continued as pleasant as
it had been before. We remained there three days. and then
marched from 28. to 35 miles per day the remainder of our journey..
Last Saturday night we camped on Big Walnut Creek 46 miles
from here. and 36 miles from Atchison. and wishing to visit
Newt. Stephens. I concluded to go to Atchison next day. So. Sunday
morning I started from camp in advance of the command and
arrived in Atchison about 3. O’clock P.M.. found Newt and his
wife enjoying wedded life with as much apparent zest as they
did when I met them in Michigan last winter. Mattie has
nearly recovered from her late. long and serious illness.. but is
troubled with occasional Ague Chills yet. I remained with
them until nearly noon on Tuesday. and left them feeling
that I had spent two days more pleasantly than any I had
enjoyed since last January.. Sunday was the first stormy
day we had see since leaving Denver.. it being cold with a
nasty drizzling rain. which lasted from sunrise ‘till nearly
night… but Monday and Tuesday were pleasant days.
Wednesday we had quite a snow storm. and since then
it has ben cold enough to suit everyone.. Our men have
good barracks to stay in but the officers stay in their
tents. nights. but have good rooms to work in. daytimes..
Company “A.” will probably muster out on Tuesday or
Wednesday next. John Alexander is here somewhere but I
have been so busy in my rooms that I have not seen
him yet. and have not seen Will. Graham but once since
I came here
Havens Letter: December 9 1865 , Page: 3

Havens Letter: December 9 1865
Havens Letter: December 9 1865


But as I shall see you soon again I think I
will close for the present. with good wishes for all
at home.
Your Brother
Ed.

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