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Havens Letter: November 28 1862

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Creator: Edwin R. Havens
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865, Michigan Cavalry - 10th
Date: November 28, 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 28 1862, Page: 1

Havens Letter: November 28 1862
Havens Letter: November 28 1862


No 11th

Camp Kellogg, Grd. Rapids
November 28th 1862

Dear Father, Mother, and Nell,
yesterday evening I received
a letter, directed in Nells hand
but being in a hurry just then
I thrust it, as I supposed, into
my blouse pocket. But when
I came to look for it, to read it,
it
I could not find ^ neither then
nor after a long and careful search,
I commenced a search for it
again this morning by daylight,
but it had snowed considerable
during the night and consequently
my search was again fruitless.
I still have some hopes of
finding it if the snow should
go off in a few days. It was
the most severe loss I ever met
with, for a letter from home is not
Havens Letter: November 28 1862, Page: 2

Havens Letter: November 28 1862
Havens Letter: November 28 1862

only one of the
^ luxuries but necessaries of a soldiers
life, and I feel as though I had
lost a pearl of inestimable value.
I am in my usual good health,
as are the other boys, with the excep
tion of Allen Park whose Shoulder hurts
him some during the present stormy
weather. I hope this may find you
all enjoying good health.
We have had good weather here
all along until yesterday morning
when it commenced a slight snow
storm which continued without
cessation during the day and night
and continues it harder than ever
this morning, and as the ground
is dry and frozen it does not melt
so that we have about four inches
of it at present on the ground.
It furnishes us with a clean,
white tablecloth every morning
noon, and night, which although looking
very well makes our bread and cheese
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Havens Letter: November 28 1862
Havens Letter: November 28 1862

rather cold to handle.
We have not removed into
our new house yet, but hope to within
a few days, as the carpenters are busy
at work on it every day. I do not
know the exact plan of it, but
from what I can learn I fear we
shall not be as well suited with
it as with our present one.
It may be a little warmer
in its outward build but the inter
nal arrangements will not be as
good as this.
Our Capt. is sick with the
lung fever, and has been removed
to the city this morning.
The company is filling up slowly
but surely. Every evening some of
the absentees come in f bringing
from one to three recruits with
them and we must now number
about ninety men all told.

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Havens Letter: November 28 1862
Havens Letter: November 28 1862


The other companies are coming
in again and we have about 400
men of our company regiment now
in camp.
Our rifles and sabres are nearly
all here but I presume we shall not
receive them while we remain here.
I do not think that we shall get
any horses while we remain here or at
least not until we are nearly ready to
move. There will not be any place here
to drill with any horses, or with men
after winter sets in and snow
falls to any depth. We can not pro
cure a proper place of shelter for
horses or forage for them in this
bleak, Greenland of a place.
The 6th are losing many horses
even in this comfortable weather
and their hay is soon spoilt after
being brought and stacked up
on the ground.
It is bad enough to go to break
fast in the face of a driving snow
storm, and have plates, cups, and
bread covered an inch deep with
snow without being compelled to
take care of the horses besides
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Havens Letter: November 28 1862
Havens Letter: November 28 1862

11th

Some of the arms have
been opened for inspection and
prove to be very good ones. The rifles
are short and very light ones.
They are about three feet and a
half long and weigh but five pounds
and three quarters, and are calcula
ted to shoot with certainty a dis
tance of five hundred yards.
The only objections that I can
find with them are that they
are muzzle loading, besides not
being the same kind that were prom
ised us when we enlisted. Still I
do not know as any one is to be
blamed for that, and therefore
I shall not grumble about it.
I only wish they would hurry
up the thing and set us to work
by spring at least.
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Havens Letter: November 28 1862
Havens Letter: November 28 1862

Some one asked Captain
Walker the other day when the other
companies would come in for this
regiment and he answered that
as near as h he could guess they
would begin to come in about
the first of next May. This is
about as full of truth as the
answers of Cols. Kellogg and Mann
on this subject.
But to the arms again.
Our Sabres are the regular cavalry
sabres, and also of the nicest pattern.
One or two boxes were broken open
in handling so that there could
be no picking from the lot.
Col. Mann took one of them
yesterday, and placing the point
on the floor laid his weight upon
it and bent it until the hilt
touched the point and letting go
of it, it instantly sprung back
straight as ever.
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Havens Letter: November 28 1862
Havens Letter: November 28 1862

He then repeated the
operation bending it the
other way without injuring
it in the least.
He then tried an officers sword
of a costly pattern, but soon
desisted as it did not show
signs of as good metal.
We are now drawing our rations
from the Quartermasters depart
ment, and fare a little better
than we did last week.
We shall have new cooking apart
ments as soon as we get into our
new barracks, probably next week.
The 6th Regt. is under march
ing orders to leave the 5th of December
But I presume that it will be longer
than that before they go.
They expect to go into Banks
division on his expedition to
Texas.
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