Erasmus J. Allton Civil War Letters

Erasmus J. Allton Civil War Letters


Erasmus Joseph Allton (November 30, 1834 - June 12, 1923) enlisted in the U.S. Union Army on August 16, 1861 and was soon after promoted to Company First Sergeant. The 30th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company D, to which he belonged, was involved in the following actions during the Civil War - 1st battle of Bull Run, Centerville, South Mountain, Antietam, Vicksburg, Jackson Miss., Mission Ridge, Kennesaw Mountain, Siege of Atlanta, Ezra Chapel, Jonesboro, Lovejoy's Station, Sherman's March to the Sea, taking of Ft. McAllister, and the march through the Carolinas. During his time in the army, he wrote letters to his girlfriend, [Phoebe] Catharine Shick, as well as to his parents. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant on May 11, 1865 and mustered out of the Army on August 13, 1865. He later married Phoebe Catharine Shick on December 24, 1865 in Perry County, Ohio.

We thank E.J. Allton's relatives, Larry Jones and Cathy Sprigg, for graciously loaning the letters to us so that we may preserve them via this exhibit.

This is an ongoing project being carried out in the Goldberg Center at Ohio State University's Department of History. Staff and interns will be working on this exhibition through this winter and spring. This collection includes over 100 letters. Please check back as there will be periodic updates beginning in January 2022.

Letters:

  • Undated February 1860
  • 19 August 1860
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  • 30 August 1861
  • 3 September 1861
  • 9 September 1861
  • 25 September 1861
  • Undated October 1861 - Includes Marriage Proposal and Poem
  • 4 October 1861 - Sees President Lincoln
  • 5 October 1861
  • 18 October 1861
  • 5 December 1861
  • 15 December 1861
  • 25 December 1861
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  • 6 January 1862
  • 13 January 1862
  • 26 January 1862
  • 4 February 1862
  • 23 Febrary 1862
  • 13 March 1862
  • 14 March 1862
  • 24 March 1862
  • 3 April 1862
  • 7 April 1862
  • 20 April 1862
  • 5 May 1862
  • 8 May 1862
  • 15 May 1862
  • 23 May 1862
  • 20 June 1862
  • 4 July 1862
  • 20 July 1862
  • 1 August 1862
  • 4 September 1862
  • 20 September 1862
  • 24 September 1862
  • 18 October 1862
  • 7 November 1862
  • 10 November 1862
  • 11 November 1862
  • 16 November 1862
  • 23 December 1862
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  • 4 January 1863
  • 9 January 1863
  • 25 January 1863
  • 1 February 1863
  • 12 February 1863
  • 20 February 1863
  • 28 February 1863
  • 10 March 1863
  • 15 March 1863
  • 29 March 1863
  • 8 April 1863
  • 25 April 1863
  • 7 May 1863
  • 27 May 1863
  • 2 June 1863
  • 11 June 1863
  • 23 June 1863
  • 14 July 1863
  • 19 July 1863
  • 30 July 1863
  • 16 August 1863
  • 28 August 1863
  • 16 October 1863
  • 25 October 1863
  • 17 November 1863
  • 23 November 1863
  • 29 November 1863
  • 7 December 1863
  • 19 December 1863
  • 25 December 1863
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  • 17 January 1864
  • 7 February 1864
  • 19 March 1864
  • 11 May 1864
  • 15 May 1864
  • 21 May 1864
  • 30 May 1864
  • 3 June 1864
  • 12 June 1864
  • 19 June 1864
  • 29 June 1864
  • 12 July 1864
  • 26 July 1864
  • 4 August 1864
  • 12 August 1864
  • 24 August 1864
  • 9 September 1864
  • 10 September 1864
  • 17 September 1864
  • 22 September 1864
  • 22 October 1864
  • 9 November 1864
  • 21 December 1864
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  • 4 January 1865
  • 12 January 1865
  • 21 January 1865
  • 29 January 1865
  • 12 March 1865
  • 19 March 1865
  • 22 March 1865
  • 31 March 1865
  • 9 April 1865
  • 20 April 1865
  • 26 April 1865
  • 1 May 1865
  • 29 May 1865
  • 9 June 1865
  • 22 June 1865
  • 29 June 1865
  • 4 July 1865