Erasmus J. Allton Civil War Letters


Camp near Atlanta Ga.

Aug. 4th 1864

Well Catharine I now will try to write you a few lines to let you [know] how we are getting along. We are enjoying good health and are still close to the rebels yet. We are still unharmed and are blessed with health[.] We have had some very hard fighting since we crossed the river[.] On the 28th July the rebels charged on us but were repulsed with heavy loss[.] nearly 600 men were buried that were picked up in front of our camps. The air is hot and we suffer greatly with heat, but when we are unharmed we are content. We have had a long siege of it in this campaign but we are in hopes that it will not last much longer and that we will get some rest for we are tired[.] There is not much going on now that I know of that is worth writing only the skirmishes are firing a little which we are used to. I would rather be at home than here for those I love are there and I would love to be with them. I would be a great deal better contented with you than here but we are needed in the field and it is the duty of every man, that is able, to be in the army fighting for this country[.] Our Regt has been transferred to the 1st Brig of our Division[.]

Our Regt. has lost over one hundred men since we were at home[.] we are but a handful of men now. On the 28 there were only 85 men in the fight and 32 of them were killed and wounded. O[h] how I wish this war was over and we were at home but we must wait with patience I want you to write often and let me know how you are getting along[.] Direct to me Co. D. 30th Regt. 1st Brig 2nd Divis. 15 A.C. Shermans Army.

Yours truly

E.J.A.

Catharine Shick

E.J. Allton

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