Erasmus J. Allton Civil War Letters

Entrenchments near Dallas, Georgia

June 3rd 1864

I am thankful that I again have the privilege of writing to you to let you know that I am as well as usual, and I hope that this will find you as well as I left you. Oscar Ogg was wounded on the 30th of May. The rest of the boys are well. We have now been under fire for the last nine days and we do not know how much longer we will remain so. The rebs fight like tigers but we still hold our ground. There are a great many killed and wounded daily. The enemy has made several desperate charges on our works but in all cases they have had to fall back with heavy loss. Poor fellows how I pity them[.] They are made to believe all kinds of reports. Before they charged on us, they were told that we were all hundred day men* and that we would run[.] but they were badly mistaken for hundreds of them never returned but were left on the field, dead and wounded. The weather is awful hot and the roads were very dusty until yesterday, when we were blessed with a fine shower of rain which laid the dust but did not cool the air for this is a very warm day. If you were to see us today you would hardly know whether we are the same boys that were at home on furlough or not, for we are an awful dirty set of fellows.  but we are doing well enough for veterans. The mail came in today and some of the boys got letters but there were none for me and I was sadly disappointed for I would love to hear from you. Write soon and direct to me Co. D. 30th O.V.I. 2nd Brig. 2nd Divis. 15 A.C. via Chattanooga Tenn.

This from your lover truly

Catharine Shick

E.J. Allton


Transcription Note:

*“Hundred Days Men” was the nickname applied to volunteer regiments raised in 1864 for 100-day service in the Union Army. They were short-term, lightly trained troops who freed veteran units from routine duty to allow them to go to the front lines for combat purposes.