Erasmus J. Allton Civil War Letters


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Camp near Atlanta Ga.

July 26th 1864

Well Catharine I again take my pen to write you a few lines to let you know how we are getting along[.] My health is good and Co. D. is as well as usual, Joseph Moore was wounded on the 22nd in the leg just above the ankle. On the 22nd there was hard fighting all day between the Tenn.  army and Johnson and the loss was heavy on both sides but the rebel loss was a great deal the heaviest. The forest and fields were covered with the dead and dying rebels at night and we took about 4000 rebel prisoners. Our loss was about 3000 in all while the rebels loss cannot be less than 8000. Since the 22nd all has been toler[a]bly quiet. We are within shelling distance of Atlanta and our men throw a great many shells through the city . We are now strongly fortified but how long it will take to get into Atlanta I cannot tell. But I hope it will not be long for I am tired of this campaign. Gen McPherson was killed on the 22nd and Gen G[e]orge was wounded and it is said that the rebs have lost several Generals[.] McPherson was shot through the breast. G[e]orge through the jaws. The days are now very hot and the nights cool. We have had no rain the last week. We still have plenty to eat and a very good appetite but we are not very well off for clothing[.] some are bear footed and some are without hats coats and shirts and socks. But there is a better day coming and we all hope to live to see it. We are in hopes that this summer will close the war and that those of us living will be at home in a year. I will now close my letter hoping it will find you well and hearty. Write soon and direct as before and remember yours E.J. Allton

Catharine Shick.

I have no postage stamps and will have to send this unpaid.