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Havens Letter: December 1865

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Creator: Edwin R. Havens
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: December 1865
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Original Format: Document
Collection Number: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 2, Folder 13
Language: English
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Contributing Institution: Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections
Relation: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 2, Folder 13
Contributor: MSU Archives and Historical Collections
Havens Letter: December 1865 , Page: 1

Havens Letter: December 1865
Havens Letter: December 1865

[Penciled in on top of Scan 1 [Dec., 1865] ]
Sunday Evening, Sundown.

I dont want you or any one there to imagine
that when you read this. I have had my hair viz or
sleep any the less easy for what I write at this time for I shall
sleep just as easy tonight as usual.. but news is news
and I will write what news has been received today..
About a dozen men who went up a few days ago. with
two wagons loaded with [illegible in original] stores have returned today
and reported that having reached Little Laramie about
45 miles above here they were attacked by between one and
two hundred Indians who killed two men. one belonging
to Co [B?] of our regiment and one to the 1st Colorado
wounded two men of our regiment. slightly and captured
both wagons. their contents and teams. (12 mules).
our boys captured two of their ponies.. I am a
little inclined to think the boys might have done
better. but owing to the fact of their being armed
only with pistols and sabres they coud not do
Havens Letter: December 1865 , Page: 2

Havens Letter: December 1865
Havens Letter: December 1865

much. A greater part of our men. do not have
their Spencer’s they having been taking away from
us before leaving Fort Leavenworth but we are in
hopes to be supplied again before long A company of Colorado
Cavalry is now in pursuit of this band of Indians and
may overtake them at any time and we have hopes
this thing will soon cease. The remainder of the men
belonging to the 1st & 7th that were left at Fort
Leavenworth are expected to join us almost daily
at farthest during the present week when we shall
have nearly 1600 men to put on the road between
Denver and Salt Lake City these will render the
regular running of coaches daily perfectly safe
but all agree that the only way of effectually crushing
this trouble is by a winters campaign against
their towns. This is it beleived Gen Connor is preposing
for near Fort Laramie. I feel no desire to engage in
such a campaign.
But as it is fast growing dark I
will close. subscribing myself
Yours while hair lasts
Ed
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