Erasmus J. Allton Civil War Letters

De Valls Bluff, Ark.  July 4th 1865

I have a dirty little piece of paper here which is all I have and I will write to you a few lines on it to let you know that I am not in a very good humor for we expected to get home to enjoy this day with our friends but we are sorely mistaken.  We are now about 1200 miles further from home now than when we were in Louisville.  We landed here yesterday and expect to go to Little Rock in a day or two, and then to Fort Smith some 150 miles further and we have to march.  It will take us about 3 weeks if the weather continues as hot as it is now.  It is so hot that we can’t rest neither day nor night.  I wish I was at home. I am home sick. This is a back roads country and we see no cleared land hardly and nobody but soldiers.  I want you to write often and direct to me Co. D. 30th O.V.I.  1st Brig. 2nd Divis. 15th AL. Little Rock, Ark. 

I will now close hoping this will reach you in better humor than I am.    Yours truly E. J. Allton

Catharine Shick