Erasmus J. Allton Civil War Letters


Savannah city Ga.

Jan. 12th 1865                    This day is so clear and pleasant that I am sitting out in the open air with pencil in hand trying to think of something to write, that would be interesting to you, Catharine, but I am absent minded at present and can only think of nothing, only that we are well as usual and enjoying ourselves very well and I hope this poor imperfect letter may find you enjoying the same great blessing.  Everything is quiet in the city[.] only troops are moving every day, but destination unknown.  We are looking for orders every day to move but have none yet.  There is a theatre in town every night and also a concert, so that we enjoy ourselves very well I think, but not so well as if we were at home.  I would love to see you and have a long talk with you if it were possible but in view of a short and decisive campaign, all furloughs are forbidden for awhile[.] but as soon as I can get a furlough I will be at home.  I am tired of this war and always was, and I always expect to be as long as the war lasts.  I am not entirely discouraged in regard to the result of this war but I think it last a long while some way or another[.] but I trust all will be well in course of time if we could only have the patience to wait and rest contented[.] but, such is the nature of man, that if every thing don’t move just to suit him, then he gets restless and will complain, and murmur.  But we are in great hopes that one or two more successful campaigns will draw the war to a close.  You must all think that we will be at home shortly, or you have forgotten us entirely, for we get no more letters.  There is not a letter been received in our company for the last two weeks.  We are anxious to hear from our friends, and loves and want you to write as soon as possible if not sooner.  And remember me who never forgets you.           E. J. Allton

Catharine Shick