Erasmus J. Allton Civil War Letters


                                                                                                                        Holly Shelter Swamp N. C.

                                                                                                                        March 22 1865

I haven’t much time to write, but I will do the best I can with the time allotted me.

We have been in another fight and have lost some of our best men.  Our captain (B. Fowler) was wounded badly in the right shoulder.  Sergeant, Peter Fryman was shot through the head killing him instantly.  Sergeant John P. Reilly was wounded by a grape shot in the breast.  Sgt. Fryman was a noble soldier and we miss him greatly.  He has been with the company ever since it was first organized and has been in all the fights that ever the company was in.  We were charging the rebel rifle pit when our boys were wounded and killed.  We have had some very hard fighting to do for the last 3 days but yesterday we pressed them so hard that they took advantage of the darkness and lit out.  We have lost a great many men but nothing to compare with the rebel loss.  The rest of us are in good health.  We have not gone to bed for the last ten days with dry feet and several days we had not a dry stitch on us, but are standing this exposure very well.  On Sunday at noon we marched all afternoon all night until after sun up, Monday morning.  We then got a bite to eat and started out on the skirmish line and skirmished all day until about 4 o’clock when we charged the charged the rebs ranks and drove them out but it cost us some of our best men for it was in this charge that our boys fell.  I will now close my letter hoping it may reach you and find you well.  Write soon and remember me. 

                                                                           E. J. Allton

                                                                           Catharine Shick