Letter from Cruikshank, Robert

Soldier: Cruikshank, Robert
Allegiance: Union
Unit/Service Branch: 123rd Infantry
Home State: New York
Date Written: Wednesday, November 19th, 1862
Location: Camp at London Valley, VA
Correspondence Type: Letter
Subjects: Camp Life, Daily Life, Eastern Theater, Family, Wife/Girlfriend
Dear Mary,-

As I have a little leisure I will write to you today. We are doing the same work over again that we did yesterday. We did the same yesterday that we did the day before and for several days previous and I presume you think we ought to do it well. We do it well but can learn to do it better. In drill a regiment must learn to make the same move at the same time and that requires time and practice. You may think I like the life of a soldier but I do not. I feel it is my duty to be here. There would be weary hours if I did not. When I am not busy with my duties my thoughts are with you and Ella for you are my earthly treasures.

We have two men in Camp who have escaped from the South who say that the Southern Army are almost destitute of clothing and provisions and can get but little from the South as they do not raise it. They say five dollars in Richmond will buy but little. Five dollars here will buy more than forty there. Whenever the army goes it destroys everything. Fencing is all burned, crops are trampled down and stock all killed or driven away and that leaves them nothing to do with. Brother Will has worked very hard since coming here. He has been on picket duty every other twenty-four hours in forty-eight since we came here until now. He with twelve other men are at work on a fort on Maryland Heights. Alex H. Wells has gone out with them to work for the first since he broke his arm. Mr. Cowan's baggage has come and I have got the goods. Tell Father the gloves come in good play now this cold weather. I like the knit cap very much. It is what I wanted. Remember me to friends.

With love to you and Ella,

R. Cruikshank