Erasmus J. Allton Civil War Letters

Big Shanty Station Ga.

June 19th 1864

Well Catharine I am truly thankful that I am still able to write you a few lines to let you know that I am as well as usual and so with the rest of the boys and we are in high spirits. The rebs have again left and our army is after them in all directions. I do not know how far the rebs intend on moving but I guess not so far but what we can find them. We are ordered to move at moment warning and the boys are preparing to leave. It has been raining for the last 24 hours and we are in the mud the biggest kind. We have taken a good many prisoners now and killed some of the rebs. and they killed some of our boys but none of our Company. One man in our Regt had his leg tore off with a cannon ball and died in a few hours. We are within 30 miles of Atlanta and still moving on slowly. When we will get [there] I cannot tell. I have received but one letter from you yet, but I am looking for another every day. Write often and direct as usual.

This from your lover. E.J. Allton

Catharine Shick