Erasmus J. Allton Civil War Letters


1861

Sutton Heights Oct. 18th

Catharine my love I take my pen in my hand with a sorrowful heart to write you a few lines to let you [know] something [of] our present condition[.] my hand trembles so that I can hardly write but I shall try to write so that you can read it[.] The first thing in my mind that I have to tell you is the sad news of the death of one of our best men. He started out on a scouting towen with some thirty others of our company and when he left us he appeared to be full of joy and mirth and he was eager to go to hunt up the rebels and be of service to his country[.] he got some 16 miles from here when he took the typhoid fever and died without one of his brother soldiers to sooth[e] his dying moments[.] O how horrible must have been his feelings when he found that he must die without a friend or relation to comfort him in his dying hour. None to speak a gentle word to him[,] none to hear and carry his dying words to his dear wife and child. No one to take care of him for he died without an earthly friend near him. O what will be the feelings of his poor mother and what will be the feelings of his wife when she hears of her dearly beloved husband’s death[.] Catharine it makes me shudder when I think of it. For I saw his poor wife cling to him and plead with him not to leave her for she said that if he went that she never expected to see him again and alas how true were her words[.] O how I pity her[.] She will never see him again[.] no never see him on earth[.] O how lonesome will be her life in this friendless world without a protecting friend. The evening before he died his brother started out to take care of him[.] he went apart of the way that evening and put up for the night and his brother died the next morning at 4 o,clock. So that he was dead before Wm got to him. I am afraid that William Brown (that is the brother of David Brown the one that died) will have a hard time for he has just got out of the hospital himself and he is very week yet and I am afraid that this sad affair will throw him back again. There is not much sickness here now. James McCaslin is not expected to live. He is so low that he does not know anything[.] he is perfectly crazy and has been for the las[t] 4 or 5 days[.] but do not let his folks know anything about it. I am well again and flying about like a clucking hen. We are yet at Sutton town and I do not know how long we have to stay here[.] but not very long though for I think that from the movements that we will leave here before long[.] but I don’t [know] where we will go to. The report was that we were going to Washington city but I think that is doubtful. Catharine let us go where we will[.] I will not forget you no never[.] I am in hopes that the war will be broug[h]t to a close before spring and that we will all return home to meet you all[.] that is our company and others companies will meet their friend. It rains every other day here and we are some times we are in the mud sometimes and sometimes on dry land. Remember me Catharine for you are my intended W---
Yours with Respect now and always E.J. Allton

To his love Mis[s] Phebe Catharine Shick

Write soon for I have only received one letter from you yet[.] direct your letters to E.J. Allton in care of Capt. Fowler Co. D. 30th Rgt. O.V.U.S.A. and it will follow me let me go where I will.

Catharine  Catharine

Catharine

Catharine Shick

Erasmus Joseph Allton

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