Thomas Pimer writes to his father of his new office in Norfolk and describes Norfolk as a city filled with alcohol and brothels that has damaged many young men. He also complains about lies being spread about him in New London.
Thomas Pimer writes to his father about the fortifications his unit is building in southern Virginia his regiment's practice of seizing African-Americans from local slaveholders and compelling them to work for the Union army.
Thomas Pimer describes to his father the Union defeat at the Battle of Fredericksburg and provides graphic details of the casualties. He also expresses disgust at having to fight for the abolition of slavery.