Optimistic at the beginning of the war, James Booker praises the "elegant water," "beautiful young Ladies," and "most beautiful country" he finds at the 38th's camp at Winchester. But he notes that one member of the regiment accidentally shot another member from his hometown and now feels terrible. He warns that "cowardly boys" who are avoiding service should beware, since they are likely to be drafted or made to put up breastworks. After salutations and greetings, James indicates where letters should be sent. A. Blair, a relative of James' and possibly Chloe Blair's brother, includes a short note. Blair indicates that he is enclosing a letter that "brother William" (perhaps William T. Blair, also of the 38th Virginia, Company A) received from "brother," who was in another regiment and was expecting to go to Manassas. Blair finishes by saying that all are well.