Erasmus J. Allton Civil War Letters


Camp near Washington D.C.

May 29th 1865

I am again permitted to write you a few lines to let you know how we are getting along. The health of the army is very good at this time, and all think the war over and that we will all be at home before many more months pass away. We are camped near the city of Washington and have the pleasure of visiting the city when it suits us. The grand review of the armies of the Potomac and Missippi [Mississippi] came off on the 23rd and 24th and the world never beheld such a sight before. I wish you could have been in the city at the time for many of our northern friends were here[.] we were greeted from every street and window along our line of March and wreaths and Baquets [Bouquets] were given, and thrown in the streets in front of us. Men women and children shouted all kinds of praise to the soldiers as they passed along but not a man in the ranks made a reply, but passed along as independent and unconcerned as if nothing was going on[.] all in the ranks were as silent as the tomb, expecting the heavy tramp of the soldier. We passed through the city and went into camp where we still remain. All men who enlisted in 1862 are being mustered out as fast as possible but I cannot tell you what is to be done with the veterans. But I think that we will be kept a few months longer until all is settled. We did think that we would go to Texas but the report is now that the rebs have surrendered every thing  in Texas so that we will not be needed in that direction. There is talk now that we will be sent home on 60 Days furlough but we have so many reports that we believe none[.] you wrote to me some time ago to know whether I had been promoted yet or not. I have been promoted to first Lieutenant and am now the officer of the camp[.] We are surrounded by brush and can hardly get a fresh breath of air[.] We are busy settling up books and will soon have all right again. I would like very well if we could get home again for awhile and see you again and have a fine time generally. I must now close hoping this will reach you and find you well and a happy girl[.] write soon and direct to me as before to Washington city D.C.

Remember yours as ever

E.J.A.

P.C.S.

I have heard that Charles Hammond is dead. when you write let me know whether it is so or not.

E.J.A.

We will be paid off in a few days and then may be I can pay postage[.]