Erasmus J. Allton Civil War Letters


East Point, Ga.

Sept. 22nd, 1864                Well Catharine, I am highly gratified that I am permitted to write to you again and to let you know how we are getting along.  We are all as well as usual and full of life.  We have all that is requisite to make man happy here.  It is true we would be a great deal better satisfied at home but we are not there and have to content ourselves as well we can.  I hope these few lines will find you well and free hearted, and I hope that you are enjoying yourself as happy as an angel for nothing is more beautiful in a woman than patience and contentment and the same with man.  It has been raining a little every day nearly this week and on yesterday we had a very hard rain and came very near having some of our tents taken away by the flood, for a little run that winds its way through our camp was a little river for awhile.  It washed some things away such as candles, paper plates and so on, but did not quite get the 30th Regt. away although it threatened us very hard and looked at us very impudent and saucy as it went rushing by.  It is still cloudy but not raining.  I would like to be at home this fall to attend some of the apple parings and other gatherings but, Old Hood is out here about 10 miles from here and I expect we will have him to whip again[.] if so we will have no time to attend to such foolery.  I heard the other day that we (15th corps) were going to join Grant and help to take Richmond but that all died away and then we heard that the 15th corps was going home on furlough but we of course don’t believe that.  The news are too good to be true.  But we will not be here long, for every preparation is being made for a move of some kind but I don’t know what and we will soon break up camp and light out.  We are in hopes that Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson will be elected this fall, and that Grant will succeed in taking Richmond[.] and then we will not have much more to do, only to hang some of them Secession leaders of the north which by all means ought to be done and that immediately if not sooner.  I will now close my letter for the present hoping it will reach you and find you all well and doing well.  I want you to write soon and let me know how you are getting along with the butternuts for you used to be so opposed to them you would not go in to their houses[.] but I hope you are not in favor of McClellan as a President or would not if you were a voter.  Write and direct as before and remember me as yours only,       E. J. A.

P. C. S.
                                                                           Lincoln & Johnson

Farewell              Farewell,

P. C. S.   E. J. Allton