Havens Letter: November 15 1862


Creator: Edwin R. Havens
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865, Michigan Cavalry -- 7th
Date: November 15, 1862
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Original Format: Document
Collection Number: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 1, Folder 4
Language: English
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Relation: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 1, Folder 4
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Havens Letter: November 15 1862, Page: 1

Havens Letter: November 15 1862
Havens Letter: November 15 1862

No 9th

Camp Kellogg, Grand Rapids
November 15th, 1862

Dear Father and Mother

Although I sent you
a short note last night I again take my pen
to write you a few lines.
We have no drill this afternoon and
I can not employ my time any better.
The remaining companies of our regi
ment were mustered on Thursday and
we were all paid off yesterday, and Col.
Mann told us that we might all go
home for ten days and a great many
have taken advantage of the permission
and there is but about sixty five or
seventy men of the regiment in camp
at present.
Capt. Walker let those who had not
been home and who wished to go now do
so. But thinks that those who have been home
so much had better stay awhile and drill
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Havens Letter: November 15 1862
Havens Letter: November 15 1862

It is a thing of uncertainty as to
our prospects for the winter, whether we shall
stay here or go to Detroit.
Boxes containing saddles, bridles and
other horses equipments are being brought
here every day for our regiment. Col. Mann
says that our arms are also here at the
depot so all that is needed at present is
the men and horses. The men will be
the hardest to get.
The horses for the 6th regiment are
coming in every day and from appearan
ces they must be very nearly supplied.
The men have drawn their saddles
and bridles, but no horses. Their officers
drill on horseback each forenoon.
The horses sent in are generally of
a good quality, much better than I
expected to see. The most of them are
dark colored, but one company will have
dark grays. A number of Minie rifles
have been received by the 6th.
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Havens Letter: November 15 1862
Havens Letter: November 15 1862

But have not yet been distributed
and I have heard some say that Col.
Grey is not going to accept of them.
but will return them to the government.
He has gone to Washington on business
for the regiment and it is thought by
some that his regiments will leave
there soon.
We have lived rather hard this
week. it has been bread, butter and
meat for breakfast, bread and meat
for dinner, and bread butter and
molasses for supper, up to yesterday
morning when we had potatoes for
the first time. since then we have
had them occasionally. But for all
that I have not lost any flesh.
We have a good brass band which
Col. Mann has procured for us. The men
composing it are mostly Germans, and
are enlisted by as privates and receive the
pay of privates but it is said that the
Col. pays them extra wages himself
Havens Letter: November 15 1862, Page: 4

Havens Letter: November 15 1862
Havens Letter: November 15 1862

The weather is quite cold here
at present, but with the exception of
Tuesday has been quite pleasant.
It rained all day Tuesday, and
Tuesday night but although very
cold we have had no snow yet.
When we got here we found that
Capt. Botham had ordered the straw
in the barracks to be taken out and
burned and that but little had been
provided again and that that had
been taken care of by those who were
here and consequently we had to sleep
on the boards for two or three nights
which I must say were not so soft
as some beds that I have slept on.
But I will now close as
it is getting dark. I am well
as ever and I hope this will find you
the same. Write soon and direct as
before. Your affectionate son
Edwin R. Havens

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