Homefront; Communication; Gossip; Man-woman relationships; United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Social aspects;
In this letter Lucy writes about her desire to know more of Chicopee, MA gossip; explains the lack of eligible men in the area due to the outbreak of the Civil War; and the effects of the Civil War in general upon Mississippi
Smallpox; Health; Confederate States of America. Army -- Social conditions; Confederate States of America. Army -- Leaves and furloughs; Confederate States of America. Army -- Recruiting and enlistment;
Thomas discussing the smallpox outbreak & vaccinations in the regiment, his failed attempt for a furlough, his disdain for Colonel Miller, news of 15 year old son, Isaac, joining the Cavalry and rumors of home events.