He also discusses harvesting of local fruits and berries and fishing. Letters, 8-, from James [-----], a Union sharpshooter in Suffolk, Virginia, to Emeline, commenting on his broken rifle and the need to get it repaired, orders to destroy railroad tracks from Carrsville to Suffolk before Confederate forces can do the same, and the help that Chaplin Hyde has been to the morale of his camp. Letter, 11 July 1861, from James [-----] of Fairfax County, Virginia, to his sister "Puss" announcing the arrival of a new son; help of a physician from the 6th Alabama Regiment; preparation of Confederate troops at Manassas, Virginia; military movements in Fairfax County; sharpshooters; and news of their father from Alexandria, Virginia. The writer notes that there is Unionist sentiment in Richmond and many would welcome the Union army.
Letter, 9 June 1862, from Newton [-----], Ropers Mills, Virginia, to his brother Robert, describing action in the battle of Seven Pines and Fair Oaks, Virginia. [-----], hospital, 2nd Corps, Army of Northern Virginia, in Louisa County, Virginia, to his wife, possibly in North Carolina, regarding his work in the 2nd Corps hospital in Louisa County, noting one patient with smallpox, and commenting that the overall number of sick in the hospital is down. Billie also comments on his duties and other military matters. Letter, 2 January 1865, from a soldier named Billie at Petersburg, Virginia, to his sister Maggie describing the wintery weather conditions around Petersburg during the siege of 1864-1865. Letter, 19 December 1861, from Rob [-----], a soldier in the Confederate cavalry camp at Centreville, Virginia, discussing Union General George B. He provides a list of prices for goods in Winchester. Sherman's (1822-1885) ongoing march to the coast, sounds of nearby shelling at Signal Hill, and his frustration at a recent order by General James Longstreet (1821-1904) regarding hair and beard length.