Erasmus J. Allton Civil War Letters

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Camp near mount antietam creek Md

October 4th, 1861

Catharine I am not very well at present having been sick for two or three days[.] it has made me very weak but I think I will soon be stout again. We are engaging ourselves very well at present[.] the boys seem to be very cheer full and lively[.] Our recruits have come at last and they look very well. Old tucker is the same boy yet. But I guess he misses his morning bitters right smart. We are busy drilling every day for we have nothing else to do. I had the honor on yesterday of seeing the president of the United States Abraham Lincoln. He is a very tall man and very plainly dressed[.] he looked common as some old farmer. He was all through our camp (which comprises several hundred acres of ground) viewing the troops. Our army here is very large. We may look in what direction we will and we see soldiers [.] We have now been on this creek for four weeks and I do not know how much longer we will stay. We are within 7 miles of Harpers ferry and about 2 miles from Sharpsburgh. There is nothing going on here now of any account. I have now been in two or three little fights and if the rest says quit I say so to for I am perfectly willing that there be no more of it [.] Our wounded are getting fine and are being very well cared for[.] Catharine I feel lost since the loss of my brother but I try to bear it as best I can. I believe I shall close my letter hoping these few lines will find you well and lighthearted. I want you to write as soon as you can and let me know how you are getting along. direct to me in case of Capt. Fowler Co. D. 30th Rgt. O.V.I. Coxs division 9th army Camps Via Washington. no more but ever remain yours. E.J. Allton

Catharine Shick.