Erasmus J. Allton Civil War Letters


                                                                                                         Camp near Louisville, Ky.

                                                                                                         June 22nd 1865

If this day was not so excessively hot, I would write with some satisfaction but as it is I can not.  I know you are anxious to hear from me again and to know how I am getting along.  As I have stated already, the day is very warm but we are doing fine and getting along very well considering all circumstances.

Our health is good, very good.  But Catharine we are the most discontented body of men you ever saw.  We left Raleigh, N. C. we expected to go directly to our homes but such is not the case.  All of our men have been mustered out but the veterans and last Spring’s recruits and there is a report now that they will be mustered out shortly, leaving the veterans and ___* alone.  Still in the service.  But as far as I am concerned I guess that I can stand it very well if nothing happens.  All that makes me anxious to get home, is to be with you again and to stay with you.  If I could get in a leave of absence for a few days I would be satisfied but as I have no wife at home I have to stand back for those that have, thus you see the advantage of having a little woman.  I want to get home for the purpose of settling our own affairs which would be more satisfactory to both.  You have been opposed to the plan of marrying in time of war and I suppose you are yet, but Catharine the war is now over and peace reigns throughout the republic.  We hear of no more bloody battles, and the soldiers are at rest and fear no more the fields of conflicts and strife.  Our chances for our lives are as great now is if we were at home, and may be greater.  I now ask you what you think of the future, whether you would consent to become my bride now if I were at home or whether you would prefer putting it off until I am discharged and at liberty.  I know that while I am a soldier I could not be with you at all or not more than thirty days in a year, but in my opinion that would make but little difference but you have a different idea of it than I have and therefore I leave it to your judgment alone.  I would like you to write and express your mind on the subject.  It only takes a letter from two to three days to go through and we could soon understand each other.  If we have to stay in the service for a few months longer it will be what you say that shall govern my actions.  We expect to leave this place before long and go to Arkansas, but there are a great many men being furloughed now and we all expect in a course to be at home even if we are not discharged.  General Hammond started for Perry today and there is a report that others will start in a few days and the day may not be far off when I can again enjoy your company.  I look for an answer soon, remember me as yours truly                      E. J. A

P. C. S.                                                write soon and direct to me as usual via Louisville, KY

                                                            yours, yours

P.C.S.                                                  E. J. A.

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**The missing word refers to Black Americans in a way considered today too racist and derogatory to print here. A scan of the original document will be retained for archival preservation purposes, but for purposes of the public facing display, the word has been redacted.