Letter from Cruikshank, Robert

Soldier: Cruikshank, Robert
Allegiance: Union
Unit/Service Branch: 123rd Infantry
Home State: New York
Date Written: Friday, October 3rd, 1862
Location: Near Harpers Ferry, VA
Correspondence Type: Letter
Subjects: Camp Life, Daily Life, Eastern Theater, Family, Wife/Girlfriend
 
Dear Mary,-

We have been on the move again and nearer the enemy this time. We are about three miles from Harpers Ferry, the place where John Brown fortified himself while trying to free the slaves. We are within a mile of the battle ground on Maryland Heights where Colonel Miles surrendered. We were only two days in Camp at Frederick City when we went back to the depot, took the cars to Sandy Hook and then marched here. The cars stopped at the Point of Rocks which is an abrupt cliff extending a mile or more. Some of the rocks overhang the track. The country here is very mountainous and has narrow valleys. The Shenandoah River empties into the Potomac at the Ferry. Maryland Heights is on one side of the Shenandoah and Bolivar Heights on the other, and London Heights are on the other side of the Potomac. Bolivar Heights and London Heights are in Virginia. I forgot to write that your brother Alex H. Wells fell from a loft in a barn at Frederick City where he had gone to sleep and broke his wrist. It was the second night that we were there. It will be a long time before he will be fit for duty. I am very well but have hard fare now. The rations are very bad and we have cold nights and do not have clothing enough as our knapsacks were left at Washington with nearly all our clothing. We hope to get them soon. I must close now.

With love to you to you and Ella and friends.

Your affectionate husband,

R.Cruikshank


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