Two letters on one sheet. Letter 1 (front): Brother (F.M.) describes events at school and recent news received of the war; Letter 2 (back): Mother (N.K.) requests that he write, describes events at home, and relates who has died in the war.
Confederate States of America. Army -- Social conditions;
Describes to his brother what he eats and illustrates the bivouac bed they make from cane; indicates that his horse is lame and he would rather transfer to infantry or artillery; asks for writing materials.
Explains that although he expected to be headed towards Alabama, instead they have passed through Winston, Leake, and Madison counties and are currently in Jackson, Mississippi which is "nearly all burnt down."
Discusses possible future movements, south to Smith and Jones counties, then back up to the Panola area; requests that his mother care for the diary he is sending to her and asks for another blank book; discusses the difficulty of changing his pay...