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, 26 February 1865, to James [-----] from Tait[? He also mentions the arrival of Mc Clellan's Army to reinforce General Pope's Army.
He provides a list of prices for goods in Winchester. Letter, 6 November 1864, from Richard [-----], in the Officers' General Hospital Ward 2, near Fort Monroe, Virginia, to his wife Libby in Lynn, Massachusetts, discussing his stay in the hospital, other patients, his hope of receiving a leave of absence or of being transferred to a Massachusetts hospital, and his family. Mc Clellans (1826-1885) reluctance or fear to move the Union army and fight, reporting a rumor about Englands outrage over the removal of the Confederate emissaries Mason and Slidell in the Trent Affair, and commenting on camp life including the types of tents and building, the camp food, and personal gossip about people he and his sister know. Letter, 15 December 1862, from Samuel [-----] in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to his brother serving in the Union army, congratulating his brother on his promotion and requesting money to help settle an estate. He comments that the girls of Fredericksburg are very pretty and he regrets that the flotilla is returning to the Potomac River. Thomas adds that the flotilla had captured other vessels on the Rappahannock River, and that Union troops, under General Irvin Mc Dowell had arrived in Fredericksburg.