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.
States' rights (American politics); Southern States -- Identity; Parties;
Albert, from home, writing to his friend detailing his social life and longing for youthful happiness. Also discusses State's Right, Southern identity and concern over the possibility of the North pushing the troops back to Grenada.