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Robert Cruikshank, letter

July 6, 1863

“We passed through Littlestown…The town looked deserted as we passed through. Doors were locked and blinds closed and when any of the men were admitted into a kitchen and bought a loaf of bread he was charged fifty cents for it and the same for a bowl of milk. We could hardly believe that these were the same people who sang and cheered us on when the enemy were near and they wanted protection. It looked as though they wanted to make up for what they had given away when we had passed through before.”


Name: Robert Cruikshank

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

Document Information

Type: Letter


  • Soldier/Civilian Interaction

Event Location: Littlestown, Adams Co., PA

Document Origin: Littlestown, Adams Co., PA


Robert Cruikshank to Mary Cruikshank. July 6, 1863. Transcribed by Barry Cruikshank. Columbus, OH: ehistory at the Ohio State University. Obtained from Accessed on February 9, 2010.