Erasmus J. Allton Civil War Letters

The city of Weston louis County Virginia

My dear Catharine every day find us farther apart[.] we are now about 260 miles apart and this day I expect that we will start again and go 50 miles farther[.] we are going to join general Rosecrans army[.] He has about 15000 men[.] he expects a big fight in a few days[.] the secession army is about 30000 or two to our one. Remember me Catharine for I have no other friend like you[.] We left Camp Chase on Friday and have been traveling day and night even since we all tired enough but we are Still in good humor[.] yet I would like to have come home before we left camp Chase but we will not any of us come very soon now times a getting too hot[.] We arrived at Clarksburgh on Sunday morning just at day-light and we thought we were going to have a fight right off hand[.] the pickets guards were driven but we did not fight any. No more at present my love but remain your faithful lover E.J. Allton

This the 3rd day of Sep. 1861

Forget me not my dearest one Erasmus Allton

My lady love Catharine Shick

Mcluney Station


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[Written by Issac Weiss]





General William Rosecrans

Black and White Portrait of General William Rosecrans

















Source: American Battlefield Trust, "William Rosecrans"


Born in 1819 in Delaware County, Ohio, William Rosecrans started his military career by enrolling at West Point in 1838. After a rather plain career, he resigned from service in 1854 due to health issues. In 1861, following the battle of Fort Sumter, Rosecrans became a member of George McClellan’s staff. Shortly after, Rosecrans contributed to the victory of the Union’s campaign in West Virginia, ultimately leading to West Virginia's statehood in 1863. Rosecrans was relocated a few times during the war and was ultimately dismissed by Ulysses S. Grant after a collection of blunders in Chickamauga. Rosecrans resigned from service again in 1867 and worked for a year under President Andrew Jackson as the United States Minister to Mexico. He served as a Democratic congressman in California from 1881-1885 and passed away in 1898. He now resides in the Arlington National Cemetery. 

Source: American Battlefield Trust: Willam S. Rosecrans