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Robert Cruikshank, letter

October 23, 1862

“Our rations are bad, the crackers are wormy,- the same kind of worms as we find in decayed wood. We break the crackers into small pieces and boil them so we cannot see the worms. We find worms in our bacon and our salt beef has soured in the brine. Were it not that we could buy some food we would go hungry. We had a good dinner yesterday,- boiled cabbage,- some that I think that was cabbaged somewhere. I bought some onions for dinner today…”


Name: Robert Cruikshank

Unit: 123rd Regiment New York Infantry, Co. H

Document Information

Type: Letter


  • Soldier Life/Camp Life

Event Location: Pleasant Valley, Washington Co., MD

Document Origin: Pleasant Valley, Washington Co., MD


Robert Cruikshank to Mary Cruikshank. October 23, 1862. Transcribed by Barry Cruikshank. Columbus, OH: ehistory at the Ohio State University. Obtained from Accessed on February 9, 2010.