Havens Letter: February 18 1863


Creator: Edwin R. Havens
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: February 18, 1863
Format: Image/jpg
Original Format: Document
Collection Number: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 1, Folder 7
Language: English
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Relation: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 1, Folder 7
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Havens Letter: February 18 1863 , Page: 1

Havens Letter: February 18 1863
Havens Letter: February 18 1863

[Penciled in on top of Scan 1 [1863] ]
Lee Barracks Grand Rapids
February 18th/62

Dear Father, Mother and Nell,
I seize
every opportunity that now presents
itself to write to each and every
friend whom I have met so lately
and perhaps for the last time.
We did not receive our pay yester
day as was expected, yet but very
few were disappointed. The pay master
arrived last night however, and pro
ceded to pay us this morning
Our company was in ranks and
commenced signing the pay rolls
about ten O clock and about twelve
we were full of fun and “Green
Backs”, I received 61.75 cts.
as my pay for 3 months and 18 days
Havens Letter: February 18 1863 , Page: 2

Havens Letter: February 18 1863
Havens Letter: February 18 1863

Everything indicates that
we shall not be disappointed
in leaving here as soon as I
stated when at home. Twenty
three men and a Lieut from each
company are detailed to see that
the horses are got off immediately
and five companies will leave
tomorrow morning at Eight Oclock.
Immediately after receiving
our pay our haversacks were issued
to us and this afternoon we or
rather the company is busy packing
up saddles and horse equipments.
I have been busy with my
commissary business drawing
rations for those men detailed
to go away tomorrow.
When the rest of us will leave
I can not say but think by
Monday at the farthest and
perhaps before
Havens Letter: February 18 1863 , Page: 3

Havens Letter: February 18 1863
Havens Letter: February 18 1863

I can never feel too thank
ful that I came home when
I did, for it is certain that no
more furloughs will be granted.
The visit though short was one
I shall long remember. The journey
back was the most pleasant one
that I have enjoyed on that road.
At Niles I met Capt. Warner
of Co “B” who had the kindness
to pass us to Kalamazoo free
of charge. At Kalamazoo I met
a Lieut of the 28th Infantry
who came with us to Grand
Rapids and who made the journey
a pleasant one by his conversation
and pleasant, agreeable manners.
I found a letter from Rene
awaiting me which I read with
pleasure. I received a letter
from Melinda last evening,
which I presume I shall
answer from Washington
Havens Letter: February 18 1863 , Page: 4

Havens Letter: February 18 1863
Havens Letter: February 18 1863

It is at length decided
beyond question that that is our
destination. I feel contented and
satisfied that such is the case al
though I would much rather go
west. I am well as usual, my
cold does not trouble me any and
I feel quite smart.
I have not yet decided
how much money to send home
but will do so in a day or two.
It is said that the ladies of
Grand Rapids will give us a free
dinner at the largest hall in the
city tomorrow or next day.
The weather is very fine and I
am anxious to get away from here
before we have a relapse of Old winter.
I will try to write you again
before we leave the state, but
can not tell how busy I shall
be. However you shall hear from
me at the earliest opportunity.
Hoping that the next time we
meet, it will be to part no more I
remain your affectionate Son and
Edwin R Havens

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