5 December 1861 Letter

Erasmus J. Allton Civil War Letters

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Camp Sutton Dec. 5th 1861
 
Camp Sutton is a glorious and most lovely place Catherine for it rains nearly everyday here and the streets are nothing but mud and water and the town looks as much like Oakfield as any place I know of and I have not seen more than two or three women here, since we came here that looks anything like women. They are all as heathenish looking set to make the best of them and they are no better than they look. We have left the camp and mmoved into town and we now live in a very good dwelling house and we are very well contented to stay here if the government wants us to, but I am a little afraid that we will have marching orders before long. But we don't know our destination the great probability that we will go to Kentucky but not exactly certain[.]
 
The report is a going around here the three great powers of Europe have united together to impose a new government on Mexico, and that Mexico has thrown herself under the protection of the united States, and that the United States has ordered one hundred thousand soldiers to Mexico, and the we are as past of that number, if such is the case,  do not expect to see you again for years even if I should live to see the end of the ward. But sincerely hope, my dear, that these news are all false; for I think that our president has more sense than to pitch into another country to fight, before our own difficulties are settled. I am willing to stay in the service of the United States until this rebellion is put down and the traitors all strung up by the neck. But to go to Mexico to fight this battles I am not willing to do it. Although I volunteered for three years in the services, and I suppose if I am  if I am called on at any time during the three years t go to Mexico that I will have to go. But it will be greatly against my will, Catherine if I loved no one, and no loved one to leave behind, I would go freely but I am not willing to engage in any of the foreign wars and go so far from home and leave you there to pine and mourn for one that you loved so dearly and I know you love me. How glad would I be to be with you tonight enjoying your happy company, instead of writing this letter. Happy would I be, to behold your mild and beautiful face once more and gently press my lips to thine which have a thousand times been pressed to mine. But I will have to stop dwelling upon these thoughts or I will become home sick and that would not do here, for there is no chance of getting home and home sickness is the worst disease that a person can have. I know this by the effect that it has on some of our boys especially the one that will arrive at home before this letter reaches you. You will see him I expect, for he lives not very far from you, over on black's fork. I received a beautiful letter from you Catharine my dear, and in it was a sheet of paper and one envelope which if I had not got I could not have answered your letter for we have not paper at all and I was _____ it and as soon as I get a chance I will send you enough paper to make it up. I was truly glad to hear of your health but sorry to hear of your lonesomeness which I caused you by leaving you. But my dearest one I sincerely hope that the war will soon close and peace be declared so that we can get home to our friends and sweet hearts for I have discovered allready that I am not the only one that has left girls behind them. I must close by saying that I still love you dearly and would give most anything to see again but I do not expect to enjoy that privilege until the war is over. My d Catharine I sincerely hope that these few lines will find you as well and as hearty as I am at the present time Catharine remember your true love and accept these badly written lines from one that loves you, Catharine Shick.
 
E.J. Allton