Erasmus J. Allton Civil War Letters


Camp on bank of little river, Ga.

Oct. 22nd, --64                   Well Catharine, after so long a time I will try to write you a few lines to let you know how we live and get along.  We are all well and have plenty to eat by foraging a little[,] for this country has not been visited by our enemies before and there is toler[a]bly plenty of everything.  Sweet potatoes, apples, honey, fresh pork and molasses and we draw our regular rations from the commissary.  And we are doing well.  We have marched over 200 miles since the 4th of this month and expect to march a great deal more and try to catch old Hood and his army if possible.  He is trying to draw all our forces from Atlanta so as to recapture the place but he has not done it yet.  The army is in the best of spirits and all are jubilant over the result of the state elections and and we are almost certain that Lincoln and Johnson will be elected.  We got no mail for over three weeks until 3 or 4 days ago when we got three mails and I got 13 letters and two of them were from you.  I was very glad to hear that you were well and hearty, and I will try to get home as soon as I can get a chance for I would like to see you again.  I must now bring my letter to a close for the mail goes out at 12 o’clock and it is about that time now.  Write soon and often.  This from yours forever, E. J. Allton

Catharine Shick