James Booker complains of not hearing from his family. He mentions that he and John are too ill to serve and that consequently they are caring for the sick at a private house. Their three patients, all members of Company D, suffer from jaundice, typhoid, or yellow fever. One man, Billy Pruett, has even died from eating "too much beef liver." In spite of such news, James Booker claims that the health of the men in camp is improving. He alludes to having received bad news from Texas, where his aunt and uncle have moved. At the end of his letter, he replies to Chloe's supposition that the he would soon return home by maintaining that unless peace is declared, he would have to remain a soldier as long as he retains his health. The postscript states that James will try to send for things via any returning soldiers.