Erasmus J. Allton Civil War Letters


Camp before Atlanta Ga

August 21 1864

Well Catharine, indeed it is rather bad that you have to find me in writing material and pay the postage besides, but we are where we can not help ourselves very well except when the friends at home send us our paper and envelopes. I have written to my father several times for both of these articles of stationary and postage stamps, but I have received neither of the articles yet[.] I don’t know what to think of it, it may be that they did not get my letters for they have not even said anything about it, one way or another[.] Our Suttlers are all back at Marietta and are not allowed to come up so that we can get nothing but what the government issues to us through the quarter masters, and writing material is not in their list of business, but we still think the affair will soon be over so that we may have a little better time. I received your kind letter this morning containing this paper and envelop[e] for which I am thankful to you, and I will now write you a letter on the paper and send it back the first chance I get, which will be this evening, if nothing happens. Your affectionate letter found me and the rest of the boys all well and hearty with the exception of James Horner & Wm Montoney both of whom are now taking medications but are still able to go about. We are in the entrenchments yet and within gun shot of the rebels and they shout at us, every time they see any of us, but very seldom hit anybody. And sometimes they spend their time shelling us but no damage done. Our men do the same with them, whether they hurt any body or not I know not[.] It has been raining every day a little for the last two or three days and we have rather a mu[d]dy time of it at present but not so bad but what it might be worse. We have plenty to eat and wear now and have no reason to complain but every reason to be thankful that we are as well off as what we are. The air still remains very hot and sweltry although we are in the shade, we suffer with the heat and we have to carry water over half a mile and not very good at that. This is the Sabbath day and everything is quiet with the exception of a little skirmishing and a few shots from the battlers. I wish I was at home this day for I think I could enjoy the Sabbath a little better than I do. I should be with you a part of the time at least, but I suppose that I will have to rest contented where I am and wait patiently until this unholy warfare has ended and then if spared I may enjoy my life the better. I was truly glad to hear that you were all well and that you had got along so well with your work and I hope you now will have rest and be more free. I want you to write as often as you conveniently can and let me know how you get a long and how the times are in old Perry Co. I will now close by asking you to remember me as yours truly E.J.A.

P.C.S.

Write soon and direct to me Co. D 30th O.V.I. 1st Brig. 2nd Divis. 15 A. C. Shermans army.

Write Soon, Sooner, Soonest.

E.J.A.

Lincoln & Johnson.