Valley of the Shadow
The War Years
Spring 1861–Spring 1865

Letters & Diaries


Milton Crawford (1865)

Milton Crawford lived with his family in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Crawford, a farm laborer, enlisted as a private late in the war, in February 1864, at Chambersburg and served until the end of the war. Crawford had either died or left Franklin County by 1870, but many of his relatives remained.

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Crawford Household

Crawford writes to his parents about life at Appomattox Station, Virginia, after the surrender of Confederate forces. He mentions the destitution of the local people in Virginia and the scarcity of postage stamps.