He asks about his children and adds that he has not received any letters from his wife. He wonders when fighting between the armies might commence. 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. Butler (1818-1893) to construct a canal at Dutch Gap, thoughts on General William T. Letter, 5-, from a soldier in the 33rd Battery New York Battery Light Artillery, 3rd Division, 10th Army Corps, who was sailing up the James River on the ship Rip Van Winkle and subsequently fighting between Petersburg and Richmond. 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. Letter, 26 March 1862, from Daniel [-----], a Union soldier in General Alpheus Williams' (1810-1878) division at Strasburg, Virginia, to his mother describing his division's role in the aftermath of the battle of Kernstown near Winchester, Virginia, in which Union troops under the command of General James Shields (1810-1879) defeated a Confederate force commanded by General Stonewall Jackson (1824-1863). Letter, 23 July 1893, discusses the unveiling of the Confederate soldiers monument in Nottoway County, at which General Fitzhugh Lee (1835-1905) spoke.
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. The subject of the letter includes, the officers tooth ache and extraction, his wifes tooth extraction and gold filling, being charged in error for light blue military pants, studying field and light artillery, and the 1864 election of William Alfred Buckingham as Governor of Connecticut. Letter, 9 April 1864, from an unknown Union officer named Andrew, stationed at Fort Scott, Arlington, Virginia, to his wife Sarah. 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. ] in Richmond, Virginia, concerning the probable fall of Petersburg, Virginia, and the probable evacuation of Richmond to the Union army.