Erasmus J. Allton Civil War Letters


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Camp near foot of Kennesaw Mt. Geo

June 29th 64

Well Catharine as it has now been some time since I have written to you I think it is time to write.  I received your letter a few days ago which makes the 2nd letter I have received from you since we returned to the field.  I was glad to hear from you and to know that you were well and cheerful.  Your letter found me well and hearty then but I am far from it now.  I have been quite sick for the last two or three days and this morning I am going to commence taking medicine.

I hope that I will be well again in a day or two.  On the 27th we had a very hard fight.  Our Brig. charged on Kennesaw Mt. and our Regt. Lost 35 men killed and wounded.  Capt. Chamberlain and Lieut[.] White were killed and Capt. Warner and Lieut. McIntyre were wounded.  Our Co. lost two who were slightly wounded.  It was the hottest day I ever saw[,] a great many of our men were over come with the heat and several were sunstruck.  Our adjutant was sun struck and our Col. was over come with the heat but not until the fight was over.  I took sick in the night and have not been well since. 

We charged at eight o’clock in the morning and our company was thrown out as skirmishers and succeeded in getting two thirds of the way up the Mt. but the battle line only got to the foot of the Mt.  There were about 20 cannons firing on us all day and we were in such a place that we could not get out in daylight and to wait until after dark, when we fell back about a mile and were out of danger.  We were never under such heavy fire of artillery before and it went tolerably close with us.  I understand that the 53rd O. Regt. Lost over 100 men[.] [A]ll is now quiet with the exception of a shot now and then from a cannon or rifle.  The rebels have a strong position and I don’t think that they can be driven out of it by hand fighting.  But we still think that they will have to get out some day and that before long to[o].  The troops are in good heart and all seem to be lively.  This day is not quite as hot as what it has been for the last 3 or 4 days for it is cloudy now and has the appearance of rain and I hope it may rain and cool the air some for we are in a very warm climate indeed.  I will now bring my letter to a close for the present hoping it will find you well and free hearted.  I am hardly able to sit up but I hope to better before long.  Write soon and often and direct as usual.

Remember me, Catharine, as you are remembered by me.  I hope to see you soon.  This from yours truly E.J.A.

Catharine Shick